COFFEE WITH A CAUSE

A UNIQUE FIRST IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA

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 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. ithe 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.

“A nurturing, caring environment does more or as much as traditional therapy.”

— Cindy Pasquinelli, CEO, Strawberry Fields, Inc.

“The joy in the place is effervescent! We needed to do this in State College.”

— Dr. Roy Love, Nittany Valley Chiropractic

Strawberry Fields

Good Day Cafe is a branch of Strawberry Fields, Inc. which provides comprehensive services and supports for people with disabilities and their families. We offer a continuum of services, enhancing the lives of individuals and families with developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, and mental illness.

Our LOCAL Partners

Rothrock Coffee
Spectral Tea
Better Batter
Value Wood Farms
Taproot Kitchen
Humankind
Moody Culture Kombucha

Good Day Café

Hamilton Square Shopping Plaza
286 West Hamilton Avenue
State College, PA 16801
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Phone: 814-954-5277