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Sen. Benacquisto visits Goodwill

September 5, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-District 27, visited Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida on Aug. 21.

The senator toured Goodwill's administrative headquarters, Palm Beach Job-Link and Retail & Donation Center, The Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy, and the Hatton B. Rogers retirement community.

"We were very happy to have Sen. Benacquisto tour some of our service locations," Carolyn Johnson, vice president of communication and development, said. "Goodwill's mission is to help people with disabilities and other disadvantages overcome their barriers to employment and independence and these locations showcased how we go about doing that."

The visit was intended to spread mission awareness to the senator and to act as an opportunity to see the clients Goodwill serves.

Last year, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida assisted 23,000 people in Lee, Hendry, Charlotte, Collier and Glades.

"Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida continues to do a tremendous job in our community of helping those who are in need," Benacquisto said. "They work each day to give reliable housing to seniors, train the workforce, and take care of the developmentally disabled population. They should be recognized for their efforts."

At the L.I.F.E. Academy, a school for students with developmental disabilities, the senator visited the students as they studied math and worked on computers.

"Our students really enjoyed meeting Sen. Benacquisto and shared their hopes and dreams for the future with her," Johnson said. "This was a wonderful way to bring attention to some of our mission services both with the senator and the community."

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida provides programs and services to people with disabilities and other disadvantages.

Revenue generated at Goodwill's Retail & Donation Centers supports Job-Link centers, income-sensitive housing for senior citizens and people with disabilities, the SWFL MicroEnterprise project, the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy charter school and other programs.



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