Project SEARCH was created in 1996 by Susie Rutkowski and Erin Riehle, Director of the Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Since then Project Search has grown from a single program site at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, to more than 600 locations across 49 states and 11 countries.
A special education transition program, Project SEARCH trains and equips individuals with disabilities to perform complex jobs and supports each student in finding meaningful work within the community.
During its first eight years, 52 out of 69 students had found and maintained meaningful work in our community, with 33 employers having hired at least one Project SEARCH intern during that time.
Meet Sheldon, a Former Project SEARCH Intern
In 2018, Sheldon Wadsten completed Project SEARCH and was hired by Bronson Methodist Hospital. Since then, Sheldon's coworkers at Bronson have been so impressed with him, they had a special plaque created to honor Sheldon and his great work!
Brian Cooper of Bronson's Surgical department had this to say about Sheldon, "Sheldon is such an independent and hard worker. He does a wonderful job making sure our Locker Room is clean and tidy. So with the permission of our Surgical Director, another employee and I got Sheldon a plaque that he could take home and hang-up as a reminder of how awesome he is. We want Sheldon to feel like he is a member of our team. I am thankful for the KRESA program and that it gave Sheldon such a great opportunity to be a part of Team Bronson and experience Bronson Positivity."
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Project SEARCH Partners
In Kalamazoo, Project SEARCH is a collaboration among the following organizations:
- Kalamazoo RESA
- Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)
- Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (ISK)
- Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)
- Bronson Methodist Hospital
- Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites at Kalamazoo
Visit Bronson’s PS for more information.
Watch Project Search Spotlight Award Video.