In an effort to support local nonprofit organization Goodwill Manasota, Bradenton restaurant Mean Deans Local Kitchen will hold "Goodwill Day" on Tuesday, April 13, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Ten percent of all restaurant sales—and 100 percent of the sales of a special dessert created in Goodwill's honor, the "Good Drizzle Nut Brownie"—will go to Goodwill to support its Supported JobsPlus (SJP) program.
Implemented in 2005, the SJP program targets sustainable employment for those with significant disabilities. Of Goodwill’s 700 employees, 65 percent have self-identified disabilities and/or disadvantaging conditions, while 53 have significant disabilities and participate in the SJP program. Owners Dean Donnelly and Michele Angell approached Goodwill about partnering together; additionally, Mean Deans' back room lounge area is furnished with numerous items purchased from Goodwill.