Goodwill Industries of Northeastern PA was chartered in December of 1943, and began in an empty factory building. When it was first established, Goodwill's motto was "turning waste into wages". Workers would sort through clothes, determining which items could be cleaned and restored, and which could not. The employees then priced the items and they were sent out to the stores. The wages of the workers came from the sale of the merchandise.
Now, over 70 years later, Goodwill Industries of Northeastern PA still operates retail services but offers many more program opportunities for individuals who are intellectually and/or physically disadvantaged. Goodwill is committed to offer the best service through our 13 group homes in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties; coordinate after school socialization program; seven retail stores and three donation center; adult day programming; employment and job training to youth and adults and our volunteer program which gives back to the communities we serve.