Opportunity Platform

Start a journey toward financial security with our team of Goodwill Resource Specialists who provide one-on-one financial coaching to help you achieve your personal money goals. We commit the time and support to help each member enrolled in our Opportunity Platform to pursue their long-term financial dreams, gain job security, increase income, and become debt free in a structured and compassionate way. Our Resource Specialists can also personally connect you with other trustworthy organizations and services in our Active Referral Network to help you along the journey. Membership is free and counseling is confidential.

Are you ready to start a new chapter? Contact us to get started:

Miriam Cordero, Program Manager
Santa Cruz, Monterey, & San Luis Obispo
Office: (831) 423-8611 Ext. 8296
Goodwill Central Coast 
1566 Moffett Street

Jaclyn Jauregui, Resource Specialist
San Luis Obispo
Office: (805) 544-0542 Ext.8520
Cell: (805) 316-1811
880 Industrial Way,
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Sulema Eustaquio, Resource Specialist
Cell: (831)287-9845
1566 Moffett St
Salinas, CA 93905  

Nicole Ramirez, Resource Specialist
Housing Stabilization Monterey County
Tax Specialist
Phone: (831) 287-2350 Ext. 8362
Fax: (831) 287-2351
1566 Moffett Street
Salinas, CA 93905

“My Resource Specialist met with me privately about my situation, my goals, and what I could do in the future. I was so happy to share my concerns with somebody who was really listening to me. I even cried. She knew that I couldn’t really think too far into the future, because I needed some stability before I could make big plans.

She connected me to community resources that I did not know about that changed my life. With her help, I was recently able to move into a two-bedroom place, which really made all of our lives better. And I’ve been able to move on to my next goal—buying a car. She has gotten me moving in the right direction.”

Katrina, Salinas CA

Free Tax Preparation

Goodwill Central Coast wants to help you get your entire tax refund by offering a free and easy way to get your hard-earned money back this upcoming tax season. In collaboration with the United Way, the IRS, and many other non-profit agencies, we are providing a free tax filing service to our employees and the community. You can prepare your taxes in our Career Centers and other locations in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo counties using these services:

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

This program offers free tax help to people who generally make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.


This program provides free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance, both online and in person, to individuals and families with household incomes of $64,000 or less in 2016.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC):

The amount of EITC you can claim varies by income, family size and your filing status. On average, qualifying individuals received $2,401 through this credit. If you made less than $52,427 this year, you may qualify for EITC. Even if you have no tax to pay, you can file a return to claim your credit.

Call 2-1-1 to see if you qualify for free tax preparation or EITC, to find a location near you, and to set an appointment.