Goodwill Industries, partnered with Lourdes Wilson House is working to offer folks with a mental illness an opportunity to locate good jobs that will fill them with encouragement and dignity, thus bringing about meaning to their lives. Goodwill was able to hand Lourdes a check for more than $50,000 as they met last week in Pasco. The Lourdes Health Network gets almost no outside funding for Wilson House, said CEO John Serle, because of the non-tradtional mental health services it provides. Healthy adults can take having a job for granted, but for these individuals with a mental illness, not having a job just adds other issues for them to overcome. Goodwill officials in the Mid-Columbia stepped in to help and since both Goodwill and Wilson House had a previous relationship, it was a welcome gift. Both organizations allow people participating in Goodwill’s job training and placement program to work at the Wilson House clubhouse.
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