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Centerstone Employment Services Awarded Grant from Wayne County Foundation

New grant will provide employment training and placement for individuals with mental illness

Richmond, Ind. – Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, today announced that it has received a $3,750 grant from the Wayne County Foundation. These funds will advance the mission of the Centerstone Employment Services program, which is designed to help job seekers with mental illness by increasing their employment readiness through work experience internships and employment skills classes. People with disabilities are Indiana’s largest minority group and they have the highest unemployment rate of any minority.

“The Employment Services program provides training, support and a confidence boost for job seekers with mental illness,” said Kathy Christoff, Director of the Centerstone Employment Services program. “This is a win-win program for our community as we mindfully prepare each employee for the work environment and tailor their training to meet the employers’ needs.”

The desired outcomes of the project are:

  • Increase the applicant pool of reliable and trained employees
  • Contribute to the local economy
  • Advance the healthy recovery and self-sufficiency of community members with mental illness.
  • Demonstrate success to secure investments to sustain the program.

The employment skills training portion of the project will focus on equipping participants with skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. The work experience internship portion of the project allows individuals to work in a business environment over a 4-week period and receive a stipend of $20 per day. These programs allow those with mental illness to build confidence in their ability to work while simultaneously benefiting the employer, who will gain a trained employee.

For more information about Centerstone and its services please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health, substance use disorder, and integrated health services to Indiana residents for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties, Centerstone serves more than 24,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. It is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org.