President’s Message

President Joseph Byrum

As we begin a New Year, Ohio Valley Goodwill looks forward to new opportunities as well as a chance to reflect on our history of success. Over the past 100 years, Goodwill has helped tens of thousands of people with disabilities and our nation’s veterans to get jobs in our community. We take great pride in celebrating the personal success of these brave men and women.

As we reflect on the past year of service,  more than 3,500 individuals overall received skill training, career development,  job placement and life enrichment opportunities as well as the support needed to be fully integrated in their home communities.  While we celebrate these successes as well as many more of our organizational achievements over the past year, we also have a number of challenges in the coming days which will require a renewed commitment to our mission of service.

With the start of a New Year, Goodwill recognizes the many opportunities before us as the world of human services strives to enhance community inclusion opportunities for citizens with disabilities and to focus on Employment First. The past year was record-setting for Ohio Valley Goodwill as we helped more than a thousand individuals- people with disabilities as well as our nation’s veterans to obtain employment and personal success.

In addition, the organization was honored to be recognized as one of the “Best Workplaces in Ohio” by Ohio Business Magazine. 2016 also marked Goodwill’s fifth consecutive perfect survey outcome through the international accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In its more than fifty year history, CARF knows of no other organization which has achieved this standard of excellence.

As we embark on a new century of service, Goodwill’s commitment is to continue to offer a full range of services designed to meet the needs of all the men and women the organization serves. While the look of Goodwill’s service offerings may change in the future, the organization’s on-going commitment to putting people to work will never waiver.

For the past 100 years, Ohio Valley Goodwill has dedicated itself to helping individuals to obtain community employment. At the same time, we have also developed our services to reflect the needs and wishes of our local community. We are very proud of our award-winning services which are designed to be choice-driven and responsive to the desires of the individuals that we serve.

As we move into a New Year, Ohio Valley Goodwill is committed to continuing to help individuals to achieve personal success.  We look forward to working collaboratively with our partners, our families, and all of you to maintain our proud history of service and to put people to work.

Please join Ohio Valley Goodwill in helping put people to work in this New Year!


Joseph S. Byrum, President and CEO




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