Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana receives $60K to help mothers, those in need

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana received a $60,000 check to go towards their programs that help low-income families in the area.

Two of the programs the money has helped are the Excel Center, a tuition-free high school for adults, and the Nurse-Family Partnership, where first-time mothers are aided by a nurse home visitor.

The money, originally, was a challenge from the company Sullivan Commercial. They told Goodwill they’ll give them $30,000 in hopes that other companies would feel the holiday spirit and do the same. That sparked the Peterson Company to also donate $30,000.

“We’ve had over 5,000 graduates from the Excel Center. And the Excel Center is 10 years old,” explained Ivan Cropper, vice president of marketing at Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana.  “We know that we’ve helped over 4,000 families here in central and southern Indiana because of our nurse family partnership program. And that number grows every single day.”

There are 15 adult high schools in central and southern Indiana and the Nurse-Family Partnership allows a nurse to help a first-time low-income mom up until their child is 2-years-old.

Staff at Goodwill say they know they’re known for retail, but this holiday season they want Hoosiers to know they serve over 10,000 families every year that are in need. 

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