CARF International Awards Goodwill With Three-Year Accreditation
2011-08-01 · By Editor
CARF International announced that Goodwill Serving The People of Southern Los Angeles County (Goodwill SOLAC) has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services, Job Development, Job Supports, Job-Site Training, Employment Services Coordination and Employment Skills Training Services.
“This three-year accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and reflects our substantial conformance, high-quality operations and commitment to continuous quality improvement,” said Goodwill SOLAC President and CEO Janet McCarthy-Wilson.
An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.
McCarthy-Wilson noted the outcome report’s statement that, “on balance, Goodwill SOLAC is an innovative and vibrant resource to its community. The organization appears financially sound and devotes its resources to the mission of providing skill development and work opportunities to help persons served feel whole through the power of work. During the past several years, the organization has developed several outstanding training programs in partnership with various schools and businesses.
“During the current accreditation period, it has strategically relocated several stores. With each move, Goodwill SOLAC has attempted to position itself to increase donations and sales while intending to posture itself to compare to retail stores rather than the thrift store sector. While developing these programs and changing locations, the organization has continued to provide valued services that are in substantial conformance to the CARF standards.”
Goodwill SOLAC is a California 501 (c ) 3, not-for-profit organization and is a community resource providing job training and employment services to individuals with barriers to employment in the Southern Los Angeles County Area since 1929.
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.