History of the Agency In the Fall of 1960, a select group of concerned citizens in Johnstown, Pennsylvania banded together because of their common interest and concern for individuals with disabilities and the lack of opportunities available to them for good-paying jobs. Many of these citizens had links to Johnstown’s Franklin Street United Methodist Church. This led to their interest in Goodwill Industries, founded in 1902 by Methodist minister, Reverend Edgar J. Helms, who pioneered the organization that gave people hope, dignity, and independence. The Johnstown citizens group later formed an agency, naming it Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley and incorporating it on December 6, 1962. On January 1, 2017, the agency became Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies. Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to empower individuals and families with barriers to employment to achieve their fullest potential in the community through work services.