SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently surpassed a goal for the Supported JobsPlus (SJP) Program by creating 100 jobs for Goodwill team members. Implemented in 2005, the SJP Program targets sustainable employment for those with significant disabilities.
“Part of the process includes identifying specific jobs at each store to earmark for a person with a disability. Through partnerships with agencies throughout the counties of Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto, individuals who have been unsuccessful obtaining employment elsewhere and have a desire to work are referred to Goodwill,” said Morgan Howell, program manager for mission employment at Goodwill Manasota. “As positions at Goodwill become available, the agencies are notified and applicants are interviewed. We want to thank our staff, along with the local agencies we partner with, who have helped us reach this goal.”
Goodwill Manasota’s mission of changing lives through the power of work is accomplished through programs like the SJP program, along with its Job Connection Centers, which provide free services to those in the community seeking employment – Goodwill works to match up job seekers with local employers.
“We believe that having a job is an essential step towards self-sufficiency – with a job comes a steady paycheck, transportation and a means to buy life’s necessities. A job also brings a feeling of worth and dignity,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “We believe that those benefits should be available to everyone – that’s why we are so passionate about the Supported JobsPlus program. We help employ people who may not be considered employable, and we find them jobs that fit their abilities. We’re at 100 Supported JobsPlus employees now; we are excited to see how many additional jobs will come as a result of the hard work of our staff and local agency partners.”
Partnering agencies, which help refer clients to Goodwill, include the Division of Blind Services, Easter Seals, North Port High School, the Manatee County School District, Red Lion Jobs, Inc., United Choice, Loveland Center, United Cerebral Palsy, Manatee Glens, Placement Solutions and Lenli of Tampa, Inc.
“This milestone reflects the incredible commitment within our team to create sustainable, meaningful jobs for our team members with severe disabilities, and we want to thank everyone who has helped make this achievement possible,” said Rosinsky.
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 2013, we served more than 16,000 people, placed 537 people in jobs and assisted 329 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 37 million pounds out of the landfill. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.