Through the program, interns are able to improve their behavioral and social skills, and develop the confidence necessary to succeed. They also pick up valuable job skills through experiences such as performing data entry and clerical work, assisting guests, patients, scanning and digitizing CDs, working in the gift shop, assisting nursing staff, and helping in the cafeteria.
Hope offers two ongoing Project SEARCH collaborations:
- A partnership with Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center and Fremont Union High School District which runs February-December, and
- A partnership with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and the Palo Alto Unified School District which runs August/September-June.
Program graduates have gone on to experience high employment rates in a variety of industries and jobs including:
- Hospital EVS services
- Hospital food service
One graduate has even passed the California CNA course and is hoping to get a job in Maternal, Delivery or Child care at a hospital.
Meet Some of Our Graduates
“I am currently working for the Stanford Bookstore. I was also in Project SEARCH, doing housekeeping and working at the gift shop at the Stanford hospital. In Project SEARCH, we spent a lot of time searching for paid jobs and we had so much fun along the way. A lot of us were unsure of what we were going do for a job, but we managed to ﬁnd a way of achieving this goal of ours. I like my job because the atmosphere in the bookstore is very chill and nice. I also think that I made new friends along the way in Project Search and in the Stanford Bookstore.” — Michael
“My goal is to work at Kaiser as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. Project SEARCH has helped me identify the type of department I want to work for in my future career. I observed Nurses in Pediatrics and Mother Baby, but when I interned at Labor and Delivery, I found my true interest and the type of Nurse I want to become.” — Ava
“I have enjoyed being a Project SEARCH intern this year. My rotations have included working in the Cafeteria office, Physical Therapy, and Pharmacy Admin. My future plans are to find a full time clerical job and live on my own.” — Allan
“I worked in Nursing Administration learning clerical skills in the office and data entry skills working on the computer. I worked in Radiology doing PT schedule comparison, CD burning, and importing files to HealthConnect and on iSite…. My goal is to find a job that is at this hospital and will allow me to live independently.” — Brandon
“During this program I had three different rotations here in the gift shop, food services, and EVS…. I had some difficulty during the beginning of the program, but as time went on I adapted to the job and got the hang of it really quickly. I do a thorough job when I’m working and I always follow the directions given to me. With the help of this program I am closer to my goal of living on my own and having my very own place.” — Clayton
“I learned how to use a wide range of different computer programs. I enjoyed working with Vicki Yoshihara and the two job coaches, Lee Stephenson and Monique Jurado. My future plans are working at a bookstore and doing clerical and data entry work at Kaiser Santa Clara.” — Sung
“During the Project SEARCH internship, I worked in three different departments: EVS Housekeeping, Physical Therapy, and Nutritional Services. I learned Janitorial and organization skills. I also learned what it means to have a good work ethic. I hope to get a job at Kaiser Hospital or within a Hospital setting. Eventually I would like to obtain a full time job, live independently, and get my license to gain more independence.” — Kiley
“I’m a quiet person so I’m learning to work together as a group to help me speak up….Throughout the internship, I worked in Volunteer Services, Public Affairs, and Physical Therapy. In the future, I hope I will gain strengths and experiences, live independently, and find my own job in computer technology and data entry.” — Kevin
“I became interested in attending the Project SEARCH Program because I feel that it will help me with my job skills….It makes me feel happy that I can be in a career where I can help people and bring people some laughter along the way. After the Project SEARCH program, I am plan-ning to get a full-time job that best suits my skills and abilities.” — Allen
“The things I did at Project SEARCH were working at Branches gift shop during my 1st rotation, and in the Pediatrics de-partment during my 2nd rotation. I learned so much working in those 2 departments….Eva, Melanie, Sojna and Marguerite were such wonderful supervisors, and Miracle was a wonderful mentor to work with. My long term goal is to get a good job in either the hospital, drawing, or elementary child development area, and bring new skills to the table.”