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Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Reverend Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator.  Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who poor to mend and repair the used goods.  The goods were then resold.  The system worked and the Goodwill philosophy of giving a “hand up, not a hand out” was born.  Forty-six years later, seven men from the downtown Lions Club saw a need for Goodwill in South Texas and chartered what would be Goodwill Industries of South Texas in 1948.

Goodwill’s territory encompasses 20 counties throughout South Texas. The administrative office is located in Corpus Christi at the Port Avenue facility. 


Our Heritage

“Friends of Goodwill, be dissatisfied with your work until every handicapped and unfortunate person in your community has an opportunity to develop to his fullest usefulness and enjoy a maximum of abundant living.”

– Dr. Edgar J. Helms, founder of Goodwill, 1941

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Our Mission

To create life-changing opportunities for people with disabilities or other barriers to employment.

Our Vision

Ensure all people, particularly those who are the most vulnerable in our communities, achieve their fullest potential through the power of work.

Our Core Values

• Empowerment
• Public Trust
• Respect
• Innovation
• Quality
• Safety

Media inquires:

Please contact Marjorie Boudreaux, Vice President of Marketing & Fund Development

Office:  361.884.4068 ext. 127


Goodwill Industries of South Texas, Inc
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Goodwill South Texas

Administration Office

2961 S. Port Ave
Corpus Christi, TX 78405