Tacoma Goodwill has been selected to participate in a two-year program funded by the Walmart Foundation and administered by Goodwill Industries to empower unemployed or underemployed women with the tools they need to find gainful employment, succeed in the workplace and permanently support their families.

The “Beyond Jobs” program assists women with job training and placement, but also plans for each participant’s continued success by designing individualized, holistic plans that encompass the needs of women, and women with families, helping ensure their long-term financial stability.

“Finding a steady job is a top-of-mind issue for every unemployed single mother, but the struggle doesn’t end when she finds a job,” said Goodwill CEO Terry Hayes “Goodwill’s Beyond Jobs program helps mothers and families by providing more than a job, giving each woman the full set of tools she needs to support her family today and in the future.”

Each participant in Beyond Jobs receives a complete career assessment, individualized career planning, job skills training, and assistance with job placement. Recognizing that landing a job is only one step on the road to success, Beyond Jobs also provides women with continued financial education, family strengthening services, early education and child care assistance, and connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives.

“This grant to Tacoma Goodwill will support women throughout Western and South-central Washington by assuring they have access to gaining the necessary skills for today’s jobs,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. ”We are pleased to support this project because it gives single mothers the opportunity to continue to play a vital role in the workforce while providing for themselves and their families.”