Construction began recently on a 10,000-square-foot Goodwill Industries of New Mexico facility in Venada Plaza, just south of the Walmart on N.M. 528. It is expected to open in October, said Melissa Perez, community relations coordinator for Goodwill Industries of New Mexico.
The new facility is designed to be energy efficient and will resemble the Goodwill building just off Paseo del Norte in Albuquerque, she said.
It will have retail space and a “Gateway to Work” center that will provide free job skills training to help people find stable community-based employment, Perez said.
The program is open to anyone aged 18 years or older. Participants can brush up on computer skills, learn to craft a résumé, train to operate a forklift or do warehouse work.
Perez said they expect to serve residents of Bernalillo and the surrounding pueblo communities. She said they hope to help 500 people find stable employment in the first year.
Goodwill currently has a facility in Rio Rancho near the intersection of Unser and Southern where it also operates the work training program, Perez said.