Project SEARCH is a transition program that trains individuals with disabilities to perform complex jobs and supports the intern in finding competitive employment in the community.
Project SEARCH in Kalamazoo is a collaboration among the following organizations: Kalamazoo RESA, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Disability Network of Southwest Michigan and Bronson Methodist Hospital.
History Fourteen years ago, in 1996, Erin Riehle, the Director of the Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center began Project SEARCH with one student. Now, Project SEARCH has grown from one original program site at Cincinnati Children’s to over 200 sites across 40 states and four countries.
Michigan has eight Project SEARCH sites in six counties: Kalamazoo: Bronson Methodist Hospital Grand Rapids: Fifth Third Bank & Spectrum Health Monroe: Mercy Memorial Hospital Bay-Arenac: Delta College Detroit: Blue Cross/Blue Shield & Wayne Co. Government Oakland: Troy Beaumont Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital