Business of the Week
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The Tullahoma Goodwill Store is one of 17 retail operations in the Chattanooga Goodwill Industries service area. Although the store is one of many retail operations in the 23-county Goodwill region of SE Tennessee and NW Georgia, the Tullahoma Goodwill stands alone in its service to its neighbors.
“We are so very honored to be selected as the Tullahoma Chamber ‘Business of the Week!’ said Goodwill store manager Carla Gentry. “We are hopeful that being featured as ‘Business of the Week’ will allow us to better serve our community by informing them of our services and missions.”
The Tullahoma Goodwill opened in 2005 at 1905 Jackson Street. Fabulous finds and amazing bargains of gently-used clothing, furniture, household items and more are what the Tullahoma Goodwill is known for. But the Tullahoma store, as are all Goodwill stores, is so much more than a treasure hunter’s paradise.
Revenue from the sale of donated items helps fund mission programs that serve thousands of people throughout SE Tennessee and NW Georgia, including residents of Tullahoma and surrounding areas. Among those mission services for the Tullahoma community are the Health Equipment Links Program services (HELPs) and emergency vouchers.
HELPs provides durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, crutches, bath benches, hospital beds and more, free of charge to residents throughout the Goodwill service area. There is no income requirement, although application for equipment is necessary. One may apply online at goodwillchatt.org/helps-medical-equipment/ HELPs is operated out of the Chattanooga Goodwill office, but medical equipment can be delivered to the Tullahoma Goodwill store or other Goodwill location for convenient pick up by the recipient.
In 2017, HELPs supplied over 5,500 pieces of medical equipment and supplies to over 3,500 individuals, saving them, insurance and medical providers, and taxpayers over $1 million. More than 29,000 people have received medical equipment from this award-winning program since it began in May 2000.
The Tullahoma Goodwill also provides clothing to families and individuals who have experienced a fire, flood or other misfortune. A letter of referral from a fire department, police department, insurance company or other social service agency and a valid Social Security number for each family member is required to fulfill emergency requests. Online application can be made at goodwillchatt.org/emergency-vouchers-application-form/ Last year, almost 1500 vouchers were issued which served more than 2800 people throughout the Goodwill service area, including Tullahoma.
“Not only do these programs help the members of our community, they also help us who serve our neighbors on a daily basis,” store manager Carla Gentry said. “We see the smiles and feel the gratitude from those who otherwise don’t have the luxury of getting these items on their own. That is the biggest honor of all.”
On July 5, 1923, Chattanooga Goodwill began operations, the first Goodwill enterprise in the state of Tennessee and the 25th such organization in the world. From a single store to 17 retail locations (including a Goodwill Outlet!), Chattanooga Goodwill and its affiliate stores have weathered depressions and recessions, downsizing and expansions. But through all the peaks and valleys, the work of Chattanooga Goodwill has remained the same: to provide services, programs and opportunities - funded by revenue derived from the sale of gently-used items - to some of society’s most vulnerable citizens so they may become contributing members of their community.