HOLLAND — Goodwill Industries of West Michigan plans this summer to open a new 10,000-square-foot Employment and Training Center in Holland.
The center will focus on industrial training and career development opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in the region. This fills a gap left by the abrupt closing last August of Kandu, Inc., another nonprofit that provided work opportunities for people with disabilities.
While Goodwill opened a temporary industrial training site in January, the location “is not ideally suited for industrial work,” according to Jeanette Hoyer, mission services director for the nonprofit.
“The new center will allow us to greatly expand our service capacity in Ottawa County,” she said in a statement.
Grand Rapids-based Pinnacle Construction Group has begun remodeling a space in the Holland Town Center, following a build-to-suit lease agreement with SOF Holland Business Park.
In support of the project, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ) this February awarded a $40,000 grant to Goodwill.
“Goodwill has a track record of successfully providing similar services to this population in other communities, and the new Goodwill Employment and Training Center will have a lasting impact in helping to rebuild the Holland/Zeeland area’s overall capacity to provide employment opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities,” Elizabeth Kidd, vice president of community impact for CFHZ, said in a statement.