In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lord connected the leaders of Project Search of DeKalb County and Pastor Woody Woodin, the Executive Director of the Upper Sand Mountain Parish.
Project Search is a transition to work program for out-of-school youth/young adults with disabilities. The goal for each “intern” upon completion of Project Search is competitive integrated employment in the local community.
Project Search had been evicted from their host agency, DeKalb Regional Medical Center due to the pandemic and were in need of a physical place for their interns to meet for training. After meeting with the lay leadership of Robertson Chapel UMC, Pastor Woody and his wife Kim, who is the Director of disABILITY Ministries for the Mountain Lakes District were blessed to welcome Project Search to their new meeting home for the Class of 2020-2021.
Pastor Woody would like to encourage everyone to help grow this program across North Alabama through hosting and offering internships/employment. Only 17 counties in Alabama have a Project Search program in place. He would also like to share the great news that the young man standing on the far right of the back row (behind Pastor Woody and Kim) in the graduate’s picture is now the newest staff member of the Upper Sand Mountain Parish!
The pictures in this story show the proud interns who graduated from the Project Search program May 19, 2021, and the proud training facilitators of the program.