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Publish Date: February 2, 2022

The True Cost of Vandalism

The True Cost of Vandalism

Goodwill Industries of Alberta generates opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and vibrant communities by offering job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities.

This spirit is now being challenged unfortunately, because of cases of vandalism at three different Goodwill locations this past month. We are saddened and frustrated because now some of our funds are being directed towards repairs and resources. Each broken window costs approximately $1,000, which greatly impacts our organization. Our team’s safety is also paramount, so we are allocating additional resources to ensure their health and safety.

Not only does it take funds away from helping Albertans with disabilities to find meaningful employment, but it also jeopardizes our ability to offer more programs to help even more people.

For example, we have implemented a new program this past year called the Opportunity Accelerator program. A program designed to find even more employment opportunities and job training for those with a disability.

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Last year 130 Albertans with disabilities went through our programs to gain important job training. The amount of people we help increases every year and having to pay for unnecessary repairs diverts important funds to these programs and these people.

Goodwill works hard to be a safe place where visitors from all over the world come to enjoy. Goodwill is proud to call Alberta home.

Please do your part and report any unlawful activity to your local authorities. Together we will continue to make a positive impact.

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