Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida was Awarded $50,000 Grant from the Golisano Foundation
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Expands "Life Skill Series" offering full-day training to adults with disabilities during school breaks

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Floridant -- Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida's Pathways to Opportunity program for adults with disabilities is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $50,000 from the Golisano Foundation to expand its Life Skill Series. The Golisano Foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations dedicated to supporting programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

"We are grateful to the Golisano Foundation for this generous grant, which will help us expand our Life Skills Series program. The program is crucial to teaching life skills with real-world and real-time applications to adults with disabilities" says John Nadeau, President and CEO of Goodwill SWFL. "With support from organizations like the Golisano Foundation, our organization is able to fill this need in Southwest Florida."

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Goodwill's Life Skills series allows young adults to experience the Pathways to Opportunity program over one to two weeks which involves classes focused on communication, community safety, transportation training, and performing arts.

"We commend Goodwill's efforts in identifying a service gap and developing a creative solution that encompasses participant interests, community engagement, service navigation, and wraparound support resources." Says Ann Costello former Director of the Golisano Foundation.

Goodwill SWFL's Pathways to Opportunity Program is an adult training program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The five-day-a-week program features classes focused on breaking limitations by teaching crucial life skills such as financial literacy, digital skills, self-advocacy, cooking, navigating public transit, and more while having fun!

The Golisano Foundation has supported Goodwill's Pathways to Opportunity program since 2021. Funding has supported programming expansions including a small business development class and the Life Skills Series.

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If you or a loved one would like to join our next Life Skill Series or Pathways to Opportunity, please email Jessica Tursi at 239-995-2106 ext. 2301 or

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida is committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence. For more information on how Goodwill SWFL positively impacts the community, visit

Visit the Golisano Foundation at

Debra Donatto, Director of Communications & Marketing

Source: Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
Filed Under: Non-profit

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