Three individuals and two corporations were slated for salutes this morning at the annual Tacoma Goodwill “Ready to Work” breakfast.
The event, featuring a presentation by Tacoma Goodwill President Terry Hayes, was previewed earlier this week.
Among the honorees:
• Michener Inspirational Award (named for the founder of Tacoma Goodwill, Rev. H.W. Michener): Patrice Porter, who was described in a release as “an individual who has persevered through tremendous hardships and has had to completely reinvent herself.”
• 2013 Achiever of the Year, given to an individual who has overcome major challenges and has shown great dedication to his or her job at Goodwill: Jewel Smith. receptionist at the Milgard Work Opportunity Center in Tacoma.
• 2013 Graduate of the Year: Mercede Hall, who completed a Goodwill warehouse and logistics training program and is now successfully employed.
• Community Partner of the Year: Walmart Foundation.
• Business Partner of the Year: Fred Meyer.
In her presentation, Hayes planned to reveal expansion of retail operations; to introduce a two-year “zero waste” environmental initiative; and to introduce a strategy for partnering with businesses in an effort to further expand job-training opportunities in Tacoma Goodwill’s 15-county region.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Hayes gave more detail about the retail expansion during the breakfast, saying Goodwill is scouting for a location in Olympia and a third, unidentified, spot for its Blue boutique store. The first Blue opened in the Proctor District. Goodwill also plans to double its floor space for online operations, citing strong online sales.