How Goodwill Central Texas carries on MLK, Jr.’s legacy

MLK statue


By Guest Blogger, DeWayne Street

Vice President, Workforce Advancement at Goodwill Central Texas

“But if a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists…”

These are the words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, as he prepared for the Poor People’s Campaign March on Washington D.C. These words are as salient today as they were almost fifty years ago, and serve as one of the pillars of Goodwill Central Texas’ Workforce Advancement service delivery model.

A day of remembrance - MLK Jr. day

Workforce Advancement (WFA) is firmly focused on employment to transform lives, families, and our community. By providing our program participants with a career pathway – not just a job – we are putting them in a position to end their economic, educational, and societal marginalization. They will have the opportunity to experience life, liberty, and to pursue happiness in ways that they otherwise would not have been able to experience. Our work is in keeping with the spirit and mission of Dr. King, and in these challenging economic times is very much needed.

In the wake of the great recession, this work is even more critical today as many people struggle to secure employment, especially middle skills employment. The services that WFA delivers to program participants in Central Texas include career case management, individual career planning, career advancement training, wrap around services such as transportation and housing assistance, and counseling services. By doing so, we are providing new talent pipelines for area businesses, increasing opportunities for career pathways.

All our services have one overarching goal: generating lifelong connections to work. By creating these connections, we are continuing Dr. King’s work of ending poverty through gainful employment. Financial freedom and stability is derived from having a career as opposed to simply having a job, and Dr. King devoted the final days of his life to this issue.  It is now up to us to continue to carry his mission forward so that generational marginalization and poverty are reduced here in Central Texas. We are truly lifting families out of poverty and creating generational change. We hope Dr. King would be proud of our efforts.

About our Guest Blogger:

DeWayne Street
Vice President,
Workforce Advancement



Mr. Street joined the Goodwill Leadership team in May 2015. As Vice President of Workforce Advancement, Mr. Street is responsible for ensuring that program participants and the employees in our stores are diverse, properly trained, and have access to educational opportunities.

Street came to Goodwill after a half dozen years working with the State of Wisconsin Workforce Development Department, in such varied roles as Deputy Administrator of Employment & Training and Superintendent of the Department of Corrections/Thompson Correctional Center. Along with his full-time work with the State, he continued his passion for advancing diversity initiatives with his own consulting business, DeWayne Street Consulting, which he founded in 2000 and continues to operate. Street has a great love of aviation and was a history teacher for many years.

Street received his BS in Education in 1991 from Alabama State University and went on to get his Masters in Adult Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University in 2002. He was a Doctoral Candidate in Adult Continuing Education until 2005 at Northern Illinois University, where Street did much of his study abroad, including Taiwan, Korea, and Brazil.

Street and his wife Janet love traveling overseas. In his spare time, he enjoys watching old black & white movies. He has two stepchildren who live in the area, and one dog at home: Maggie, a Maltese-Poodle mix.




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