Goodwill, Bailes Consulting Services partner to increase reach of employment services

Nonprofit partnership will help more people with barriers to employment to find and retain jobs

Published Thursday, January 19, 2017

Goodwill and Bailes Consulting Services PartnershipSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota, whose core mission is to help those with barriers to employment to find work, is partnering with Bailes Consulting Services, which specializes in employment placement services, to expand their collective ability to serve those who are seeking jobs, or wish to retain their jobs.

The partnership began with the goal of serving clients who need Vocational Rehabilitation, a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. As the concept came into focus, it was decided that there were great benefits in expanding the partnership to provide assistance to all seeking help.

Goodwill offers free career services – including career counseling, interest and aptitude assessments, assistance with resume and cover letter writing skills, interview strengthening exercises and application submission guidance – through its Job Connection program. It also provides employment to individuals with disabilities through its Supported Jobs Plus program, and assists employers who seek qualified candidates to hire. Bailes Consulting Services helps with all facets of job searching and placement, including many of the same services available through Goodwill's Job Connection program plus school-to-work transition programs for young adults with disabilities, to help prepare them for the workplace.

“Bailes Consulting Services is excited to partner with Goodwill. Our mission is to help individuals find their passion and purpose through employment,” said Jennifer Fretz-Smith, CEO of Bailes Consulting Services.  “We believe that families and communities are changed for the better through work.”

Goodwill is pleased to find a like-minded partner to strengthen the employment services available to those who are motivated to achieve self-sufficiency, or reach greater heights for the benefit of themselves and their families.

“By partnering with Bailes Consulting Services, Goodwill can expand our reach and enhance our ability to change lives through the power of work," said Goodwill Manasota vice president Margie Genter.

"Our services assist individuals with disabilities, people with limited work history, veterans who are transitioning to civilian life, workers who have experienced corporate downsizing, senior citizens who need to re-enter the workforce ... we are united in our goal of wanting to help anyone who seeks an opportunity to overcome obstacles to employment and achieve self-sufficiency."

For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, call (941) 355-2721 or go to


Photo ID: Jennifer Fretz-Smith (left), CEO of Bailes Consulting Services, with Veronica Brandon Miller, vice president of Goodwill Manasota, at Goodwill’s Mecca location in north Sarasota

About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit