Goodwill Good Transitions Program

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

  • This strategy can provide assistance to unemployed workers. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
  • Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Program basics

  • Aims to increase employment and earnings through subsidized jobs and job training and to reduce recidivism
  • Offers case management and short-term training
  • Participants are placed at a Goodwill store for approximately 1 month, then move into a less-supported subsidized position with a private employer in the community for about 3 months

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Promising (Third-highest tier)


Promising (Third-highest tier)

Goodwill Good Transitions Program is not yet in any of the major clearinghouses, but has demonstrated positive results in an independent, high-quality evaluation conducted by the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation

Target population

Formerly incarcerated individuals

Program cost

$7,146 per person

Implementation locations

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • 5 percent increase in participants employed within 18–30 months
  • Increased earnings $930/year

Keys to successful implementation

  • Content coming soon

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