If you haven't noticed, Goodwill has been expanding throughout San Diego from Santee to Chula Vista. The new location, opening July 28 in Oceanside, is the 15th location in San Diego and second in North County. The store will not only be accepting donations, but job applications, too.
The Oceanside store is looking for workers with retail experience. Richelle Normand, the regional San Diego manager of Goodwill, said its mission is to get people jobs, especially those with barriers to employment, such as a disability. Goodwill is also looking for workers with experience in a corporate environment, as well as stay-at-home mothers who have been out of the workforce for years.
In a tough economy like this, Goodwill stands out, because it aims to hire and train people from within the community. Goodwill's North County senior manager, Denise Repetto, started almost four years ago as a temporary cashier and has worked her way up to management. She said that she has always felt supported by the company.
Goodwill has three employment centers in North County, where trained professionals help people with their resumes and job searches both inside and outside the company.
Normand said shoppers range from the ladies who dine at the country club to entrepreneurs who re-sell items on EBay.
"A lot of teenagers are coming in because Goodwill is cool now," Normand said.
The Oceanside location is only accepting applications online.