DENVER, Colo. – Goodwill Industries of Denver is consolidating the space in its Greeley Career Connection Center at 1012 11th Street to make room for the Lincoln Park Library. The library is temporarily moving out of its location at 919 7th Street and sharing the space with Goodwill while plans for its permanent home are being worked out. The library will be open to the public at its new shared space on Tuesday, May 31.
The partnership is mutually beneficial. The library’s temporary home is only about five blocks from its current location, so it won’t change visitors’ ability to get there. With about 500 people visiting the library each day, Goodwill will extend its free career development services to library patrons. Goodwill Industries of Denver operates ten Career Connection Centers across the Denver metro area and northern Colorado, all offering free career coaching, job search help, computer classes, resume writing workshops and interview prep.
“When most people hear ‘Goodwill’ they think ‘thrift shop.’ They don’t realize we offer free career development services to anyone looking for a hand up,” said President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver Stuart Davie. “Sharing this space with the High Plains Library is a great opportunity to reach people in northern Colorado who may not know about the services we offer.”
While the library will have to temporarily operate with less square footage, Goodwill Career Connection Centers and the High Plains Library District offer their visitors similar resources. “We’re grateful Goodwill is housing our Lincoln Park branch,” said High Plains Executive Director Janine Reid. “The smaller space is only temporary, but our patrons will still have access to computers and free internet with the career connection center right next door. They’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of Goodwill’s free services.”