Project Search - in partnership with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
LARC is pleased to announce that Project SEARCH is officially launched and off to a great start! LARC’s new program provides classes in employability skills, independent living skills and internship experience to individuals with disabilities who are between the age of 18 to 35. LARC has partnered with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to provide internships in various departments such as Cardiovascular Medicine and Nutritional Services. Our interns are learning many valuable employability skills already. Thank you to CHH for hosting this innovative and successful program! During the past year, LARC has been working with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to develop a model for the new program, which began this past fall. The Project SEARCH program is designed to be a one-year program and is based on a school year. Participating individuals are working this year at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in internship positions with the goal of securing employment at the end of the year. “This is an exciting opportunity for LARC,” according to Michael Menard, executive director at LARC. “The agency, with leadership from our vocational and day service director Tom Stanton, has been aggressively working to transform our Vocational program to align with changing requirements and community needs. Individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities are capable of working competitively and deserve to be paid a competitive wage,” Mr. Menard explained. The Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is collaborating with national Project SEARCH as part of its commitment to helping people with intellectual disabilities find, get and keep community-based, competitive wage jobs, a commitment LARC shares. In early 2018, LARC was chosen to be one of ten agencies nationwide to participate in the National ARC’s pilot grant program with Boston University’s Institute for Community Inclusion’s Provider Transition Network. The purpose of the program is to assist in the process of provider transformation towards competitive integrated employment. LARC’s goal is to educate staff on the processes needed to provide competitive integrated employment to individuals in the agency’s current group supported employment programs.