SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota’s Supported JobsPlus (SJP) program recently received a $10,000 grant from the Jerry and Fay Bainbridge Foundation to support the program, which employs individuals with physical, developmental and psychiatric disabilities.
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 Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties, individuals who have been unsuccessful obtaining employment elsewhere and have a desire to work are referred to Goodwill. As positions at Goodwill become available, the agencies are notified and applicants are interviewed.
Goodwill Manasota provides employees with a Good Partner Coach, who acts as a life coach, and a case manager who offers employment, family and personal coaching. When needed, Goodwill sees that workplace accommodations are made in order to ensure that team members are given the resources and tools they need to be successful. There are currently 115 participants in the SJP program, making up 20% of Goodwill Manasota’s retail workforce and 14% of Goodwill Manasota’s total workforce.
“Goodwill has been innovative in hiring people from the community who may have been overlooked elsewhere. Our Supported JobsPlus program has flourished under the leadership of our board of directors, our staff who believes in our mission of changing lives through the power of work, our amazing team members, and community leaders who continue to help us create jobs,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Our goal in 2016 is to continue employing and training community members, because that creates a stronger workforce and local economy. Everyone deserves a chance to earn a paycheck and feel the dignity of work. We are grateful to the Jerry and Fay Bainbridge Foundation for helping us change lives in a very big way.”
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 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 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 39 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.