Overview & History of Services to the Community
Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries began service to the community in 1893 as the Christ Mission Settlement on East Federal Street in downtown Youngstown. The Settlement was established in response to the specific needs of the population. Over the years, the specific programs and services offered by the organization have evolved as the needs of the community have changed, but the essence has remained the same.
Initially, a growing number of immigrants to the Youngstown area took advantage of a variety of organized programs, such as English language classes and housing. A public laundry was available for Settlement residents, children were educated and cared for, social activities were organized, residents were assisted in finding jobs, and some training was offered. Christ Mission served as the bridge by which these immigrants, mostly from Europe, assimilated into the community.
More Than 125 Years of Service to the Community!
Christ Mission Kindergarten chartered in Youngstown. National Goodwill founded by Dr. Edgar J. Helms.
Relocated to 306 E. Federal Street.
Moved into a three story building on E. Boardman Street that was donated by H.B. Wick Services.
Rev. Ray Hagstrom joined Christ Mission. Total assets were $8,000. When Rev. Hagstrom retired 35 years later, assets had exceeded $1 million.
Rev. Hagstrom first met Dr. Helms, founder of Goodwill Industries and the Goodwill Rehabilitation Program for the Handicapped.
Inception of Christ Mission Goodwill Industries, operating financially independent of Christ Mission Settlement.
Dedicated new building at 330 E. Boardman St.
Wiping cloth manufacturing began.
William Swanston Christ Mission Farm started.
Henry “Pete” Johnson established Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center and ended all Settlement activities.
Dedication of Christ Mission Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center at 2747 Belmont Ave.
Edgewood Apartments built, which housed 147 units for the elderly.
Name changed from Christ Mission Goodwill Rehabilitation Center to Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, Inc.
$1.5 million capital campaign results in the expansion of the Belmont Ave. facility to its current size of 86,000 square feet.
Goodwill Apartments built, housing 100 units for the elderly and physically disabled.
Goodwill began providing custodial services to the Ohio Department of Transportation through a State Use Contract.
Began providing laundry and custodial services to the 910th Air Wing in Vienna as a NISH contract under the Javits-Wagner- O’Dea Act (JWOD).
The Society for the Blind closes, and Goodwill assumes services to the blind and visually impaired.
Custodial contracts expanded to include Youngstown/Warren Regional Airport and Mahoning County Department of Human Resources.
Began providing services to individuals with disadvantages through contracts with Mahoning and Trumbull County Job Departments.
Opened a retail store in Struthers, Ohio.
Opened a retail store in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
Custodial contract for Federal courthouse received.
Opened a retail store in Calcutta, Ohio. Goodwill Auto Outlet opened.
Remodeled and expanded the retail store and donation center in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
Received 12th consecutive CARF accreditation.
Opened a retail store in Boardman, Ohio.
Received 13th consecutive CARF accreditation. Initiated a janitorial services contract for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
GoodGuides program started. Opened a retail store in Austintown, Ohio.
Received 14th consecutive CARF accreditation.
Goodwill Apartments sold.
Received 15th consecutive CARF accreditation. Remodeled Liberty headquarters, plant, and store.
Laundry Services expanded. Southside Recycling began. Began Partnership with Vehicles for Charity
Received another consecutive CARF accreditation. Began offering lawn care services. Relocated Salem retail store.
Opened a retail store in Greenville, Pennsylvania.
Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries
2747 Belmont Ave.
Youngstown, Ohio 44505