Strawberry Fields developed the Good Day Café coffee shop in response to the up to 80% unemployment rate for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses. We are a human service agency in State College, PA and have watched the people we support constantly struggle to gain and keep employment. We wanted to create a win/win opportunity for our community members with disabilities and for the entire community. We opened our doors to the public on August 18, 2018.
Good Day Cafe is a 49-seat coffee shop serving various specialty coffee, tea, and espresso drinks along with breakfast and lunch items. We are located at 286 W. Hamilton Ave. in the Hamilton Square Shopping Plaza. The storefront, which includes ample parking and outdoor seating, is in the new expansion to the plaza built in 2016.
In 2017, Strawberry Fields was awarded the $100,000 Centre Inspires grant through Centre Foundation for the coffee shop proposal. “This coffee shop is a joint effort of many local partners who share our dream of a future that holds inclusion, acceptance and employment for an underserved group of people,” Strawberry Fields CEO Cindy Pasquinelli. “We are proud to have Centre Foundation join us in this new venture.” Centre Foundation Executive Director Molly Kunkel said the proposal was a perfect fit for the Centre Inspires grant’s goal of supporting innovative and transformative programs in the community. “Strawberry Fields’ coffee shop idea is brand new to our area, and has the potential to truly change the lives of everyone involved,” Kunkel said. The shop is modeled after Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in Wilmington, N.C.