Brief Program Summary: To help address high rates of poverty and unemployment in a near
eastside Indianapolis neighborhood, Cook Medical, Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana, The
Indianapolis Foundation, and the United Northeast Community Development Corporation
partnered together to create opportunities for individual and community growth.
Employees will manufacture medical devices such as introducers, sheaths, drainage catheters,
and needles for Cook Medical as employees of Goodwill Commercial Services. This high-skill
manufacturing training will provide employees opportunities for long-term employment and career
progression. Through Goodwill, the facility will also offer wrap around services, such as mental
and physical health support, substance use disorder support, soft skills training, housing
stabilization, and other services necessary to remove barriers to socioeconomic progress.
Employees can also advance their education for free, from a high school diploma through a
master’s degree, as well as other certifications.