Goodwill Industries of Southern Ohio, Inc. (GISO) was chartered by the state as a non-profit, charitable organization on September 16, 1977.

For more than a century, volunteers have advanced Goodwill’s ability to improve lives, families and communities. We recognize that in order to fulfill our mission, we need the help and support of those in local communities. Goodwills is led by a board of volunteer leaders who help shape their organizations work to meet the needs of their community. Our valued volunteers contribute their time, knowledge and support in a variety of ways.
Corporate Office
324 Chillicothe Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
P: 740-353-4394
Referral Sources

BVR/BSVI Offices- Athens, Portsmouth
(Covering Meigs, Gallia, Lawrence, and Scioto)
Formerly known as Rehabilitation Services Commission
Kentucky-OVR: Lewis and Greenup KY
Goodwill Industries of Southern Ohio
Vocational Job Development and Placement:
We provide Job Placement to disabled and disadvantaged individuals in our community. Goodwill of Southern Ohio, Inc. offers job placement services, as well as helping individuals determine the type of jobs that they desire. Goodwill of Southern Ohio, Inc. ’ s purpose is to bring independence to individuals with disabilities and disadvantages through employment within our community. Our Vocational  Rehabilitation  staff is dedicated to placing each individual in a job that is most suited to their needs. Also, 30day, 60day, and 90day Retention at the beginning of employment to ensure that there is no need for extra supports.  Vocational Rehabilitation staff want to make the JOB Placement as successful as possible.

Job Seeking Skills Training:
Job Seeking Skills Training is a comprehensive, one-on-one service that works with people to develop the essential skills they need to prepare them for a competitive job search and a job. Consumers should receive the tools necessary for their job search.

Job Coaching/Work Adjustment:
Job Coaching consist of one-on-one instruction to help consumers learn job task and to adjust to the work environment.  Work Adjustment is a training program in either a community or facility based setting to assist the consumer in acquiring or improving work skills, work behavior, work tolerance, interpersonal skills, and work ethics.

C.B.A. Information: (Community Based Assessment)
A Community Based Assessment is an opportunity for the consumer to sample a particular job of interest. This program enables the consumer, the Vocational Rehab. Staff and the referring counselor to assess whether or not the consumer is capable of performing the task, if the goal is a realistic one and whether training should    continue with that particular occupational goal in mind. The assessment allows the consumer to learn all elements and tasks necessary to perform the job and to decide if it remains a vocational interest.

Who Refers Clients to Goodwill Industries Employment Services:
Goodwill accepts referrals from various state, federal, and local government agencies.

Who pays hourly wages and liability for Community Base Assessment/Work adjustment:
When a consumer is involved in a Vocational Rehabilitation Program or Employment Program with Goodwill Industries, the consumer is paid an hourly wage for a set number of hours (determined by the referring agency) and is under Goodwill’s policies and procedures.

Reason to participate in Goodwill Industries Employment Programs:
By being a participating company you provide individuals with self esteem, motivation and“independence through the power of work” !