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Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida earns CARF accreditation

September 20, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. has received a three-year renewal of its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, an independent, non-profit accreditor of human service providers.

CARF's three-year accreditation represents the highest level of certification that can be awarded. The three-year accreditation is given only to organizations that show substantial fulfillment of CARF's standards and that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of its services and programs. This is the ninth consecutive three-year accreditation Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida has earned.

In order to receive CARF accreditation, a team of surveyors visited Goodwill, conducting a thorough and detailed onsite examination of the organization's programs and services.

Goodwill's employment services earned accreditation in the areas of job development, job support, job-site training, and comprehensive vocational evaluation services. Goodwill has been providing job training and placement services to Southwest Floridians with disabilities and other disadvantages for 45 years.

Goodwill is the area's largest nonprofit provider of vocational services for persons with disabilities. CARF accreditation is mandatory in order for an agency to receive referrals and funding for these disability programs from the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida provides programs and services that help people with disabilities and other disadvantages overcome their barriers to independence. Supported programs include Job-Link resource centers, the L.I.F.E. Academy Charter School, the Four Wheels for Work vehicle assistance program, and affordable housing for people with disabilities.

For more information about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, visit the agency's website at www.goodwillswfl.org.

 
 

 

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