Goodwill North Central Texas CEO Honored With National Award

Goodwill North Central Texas President & CEO David Cox with Goodwill Industries International President & CEO Jim Gibbons

Goodwill North Central Texas President & CEO David Cox with Goodwill Industries International President & CEO Jim Gibbons

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (June 27, 2017) – Goodwill North Central Texas, Inc. announced today that the organization’s president & CEO, David Cox, was honored by Goodwill Industries International (GII) for the development of Goodwill Works, an employment initiative targeting clients experiencing homelessness or impending homelessness.

Cox received the Robert E. and Charlotte Watkins Award for Mission Advancement, honoring a Goodwill leader (CEO, staff or volunteer) who has made an innovative contribution (service or process) to the advancement of the Goodwill mission at the nonprofit’s annual delegate Assembly in Louisville, Ky. on June 26.

Since its inception in July 2016, the program has served more than 1,334 individuals and put 423 people to work in meaningful employment. Goodwill Works gives individuals with barriers to employment experiencing homelessness and unemployment a “hand up, not a hand out.” Goodwill Works provides services like resume and cover letter writing, job search, interview skills and attire, and connections to employers. It also provides funding for emergency services that prevent employment, like transportation, through the agency’s five Job Resource Centers in Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst, Weatherford and Denton.

In addition, Goodwill North Central Texas utilizes a mobile recruitment/job placement unit that travels to and serves those individuals isolated from public transportation. Employment specialists work in the field through partnerships with organizations such as Presbyterian Night Shelter, Union Gospel Mission and the Arlington Life Shelter to eliminate the barriers to employment this population may face and move individuals off of public benefits.

“David’s commitment to Goodwill’s mission of empowering people with barriers to employment is demonstrated through Goodwill Works,” said Kip Adams, board chair of Goodwill North Central Texas. “No one should be denied the opportunity to improve their situation through employment and by meeting this population where they are, quite literally, he exemplifies the spirit of this award.”

Goodwill Works staff provides holistic services including recruitment, comprehensive initial assessments and connection to support services tailored to the participants’ specific needs. These services include complete case management from intake through sustained employment, occupational and employment readiness training, job placement, computer skills, life-skills and financial literacy training and access to support services such as rapid connections to housing, counseling, re-entry programs, child care and transportation. Goodwill North Central Texas was awarded $895,990 by the Texas Workforce Commission to provide these services.

Cox is responsible for leading the $40 million plus nonprofit, which serves thousands of individuals each year in 18 counties, including Tarrant County; and includes Goodwill’s donated goods/retail program, recycling, industrial contracts and education, staffing and career services provided to those with disabilities or disadvantages. Cox has been an integral part of the Goodwill team since 1999, serving as senior vice president of retail sales and marketing prior to being named CEO in 2013. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations/advertising and studio art. Before Goodwill, Cox served as a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America and as communications director for Hurst Baptist Church. He has previously worked for the World Organization of Scouts in a small village in the Swiss Alps, where he planned programs for Scouts from more than 30 nations.

About Goodwill North Central Texas, Inc.

Goodwill is more than a thrift store. The largest employer of people with disabilities in the world, Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

Goodwill North Central Texas’s 23 retail locations provide revenue through the sale of donated goods to support Goodwill’s mission – job training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities and other barriers to employment including lack of education or work experience and homelessness. For more information on Goodwill North Central Texas, please visit