Project SEARCH

ProjectSEARCH provides work experience and employability training at Riverbend and The University District, which are committed to supporting people with disabilities in the workplace. At the end of the nine-month unpaid internship, ProjectSEARCH graduates will be prepared for competitive, integrated employment. Pearl Buck Center has earned two national awards for successful job placements for graduates.

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Interns begin the academic year with two weeks of classroom instruction to prepare for the initial internship placement. Once the internships begin, interns spend six hours onsite with an hour each day in the classroom working on the topics listed below and return at the conclusion of the work day to debrief about their day, ask questions and receive coaching. The end goal is to secure employment, utilizing the skills gained during the program.

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I cannot express enough what a blessing Pearl Buck Center has been for our department. By taking over many of the simpler tasks in our department, the caregivers from Pearl Buck Center have allowed our staff to increase the time we spend on direct patient care. The partnership has benefited our patients and the morale of the department.

- Amanda Harden, Patient Access Manager PeaceHealth
Thank you to our community partners

Project SEARCH is a partnership between Pearl Buck Center, PeaceHealth SacredHeart Medical Center, Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Oregon Department of Human Services. Special thanks to SELCO Community Credit Union for sponsoring the program.