Rushville Republican


August 27, 2013

Centerstone to expand Employment Readiness Programs to those with mental health disabilities

Duke Energy grant funds growth of employment readiness services

Centerstone, a not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, will expand its employment services program to 50 additional individuals in south central and eastern Indiana as a result of a $25,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

“We are excited to receive this generous grant from Duke Energy Foundation and look forward to expanding the reach of our employment services program,” said Kathy Christoff, Director of Adult Recovery Services. “Our goal is to improve the lives of our clients by providing tools to help them overcome employment barriers through work experience internships and personalized skills classes.”

Centerstone Employment Services is a program that reduces barriers to employment for those in recovery from mental health disabilities through skills training classes and workforce internships. The grant from Duke Energy will increase the program in Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, Decatur, Fayette, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Randolph, Rush, Wayne, and Union counties through June 2014.

“Economic development has always been a priority for us, but Centerstone drew our attention to a part of the population that is often overlooked when it comes to workforce development,” said Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy South Central District Manager. “Centerstone helps create a path to independence for people with mental health disabilities.”

Duke Energy Foundation is committed to improving a community’s overall economic development through skills training and workforce development. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates the national annual indirect cost of mental illness to be $79 billion, with most of that amount, $63 billion, reflecting the loss of productivity as a result of illness. The unemployment rate for adults living with mental illness is three to five times higher than those without mental illness and the majority of those with mental illness desire to work. Centerstone Employment Services fulfills Duke Energy Foundation’s commitment to supporting communities’ welfare through economic development and ensures the long-term wellbeing and financial stability of a typically vulnerable and marginalized population.

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