Christmas Sweater #23 is all about the love that we experience during this holiday season. Shown here is Santa giving Mrs. Claus an eskimo kiss (it’s cold up there, no?) before he heads out to spread cheer among all the naughty and nice children of the earth. Mrs. Claus is holding a baby reindeer answering the age old question: are the reindeer immortal too? Answer: no, that’s Dasher the VI. The train motif continues on the back just below the shoulders (inset below), letting you know that Tom Hanks wasn’t kidding about the Polar Express.

Goodwill’s Training Programs

Goodwill has several training programs designed to teach individuals to enter the workplace prepared to take a full time job in many industries. These training programs are offered through their Job Connection Centers, located at (1) Midtown Terrace, 4640 Main St., Houston, TX 77002 and (2) Jackson Hinds Gardens at Independence Heights SRO, 650 Thornton Rd., Houston, TX 77018.

These training centers provide assessment and instruction in business skills, computer skills, customer service, interview preparation and job readiness. The centers have computer and Internet access, telephones and fax machines, providing clients the resources they need for job success.

These training programs are also matched with the Mental Health Association, the Houston SRO (Single Room Occupancy) Housing Corporation, the City of Houston and more than 13 other agencies in a wide-ranging service model program to solve the issue of homelessness. These projects demonstrate a multi-faceted approach to addressing homelessness that pairs housing with comprehensive support services [1].

Small contributions are the easiest this Holiday season.  Why not donate $5 to Goodwill, and you can feel like you’ve positively contributed to Houston’s homeless population. To make a financial contribution to Houston Goodwill click the Chipin widget to the right or click below. Thank you.

If you’d like to make a direct and personal impact like Jason Armstrong (@elegantmachines), why not arrange to volunteer? To volunteer with Houston Goodwill please visit their volunteer page here or call: 713-699-6338

How about all those things that are just taking up space? Why not call Goodwill and donate them? Visit this page for donations.

1. http://goodwillhouston.org/jobconnection.htm

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