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Greensboro FUMC hears exciting Goodwill Industries news

December 03, 2021 - 00:00
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    Featured at the recent FUMC Family Night Dinner are, from left, speaker, James K. Stiff; Fellowship Committee Chair Gayle Eicher; and Pastor Chris Laskey. CONTRIBUTED

The Greensboro First United Methodist Church Fellowship Events Committee recently held an Italian Night Family Dinner at the church’s South Campus.

The well-attended event raised funds for the church Mission Committee. Guest speaker at the event was James K. Stiff, President of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and Chancellor of Helms College.

The program for the evening was about both the history of Goodwill Industries and exciting news about its future in our regional area. In 2007, Mr. Stiff launched Helms College, the first licensed, nationally accredited and federal financial aid-eligible post-secondary school in the Goodwill network.

The college develops middleskills diploma and degree programs relevant to high demand occupations in today’s job market.

Mr. Stiff announced that 71 acres on Harmony Road in Eatonton has been purchased for the “Goodwill Village,” which will bring a new Goodwill Store, the new Helms College, a bakery and grocery store. In addition, the village will add housing, agricultural land and an upscale hotel with a rooftop restaurant on Lake Oconee.