Christiana Care named Community Partner of the Year

Christiana Care named Community Partner of the Year

From left, Ted Van Name, president and CEO of Goodwill, Tom Corrigan, Christiana Care's chief financial officer, and Chris Quintanilla, chairman of the Board of Directors for Goodwill.

Christiana Care has received the 2011 Community Partner of the Year Award from Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County.

The award recognizes Christiana Care’s leadership in partnership with Goodwill, the Red Clay Consolidated School District and the Delaware Departments of Labor and Education to be the inaugural employer in the state to host Project SEARCH. This innovative, nine-month school-to-work program enables students with intellectual disabilities to obtain real-life work experiences, combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help program participants make successful transitions from school to productive adult life.

The successful launch of Project SEARCH took more than three years to develop. Gov. Jack Markell visited the classroom at Christiana Hospital in March where he praised the unique collaboration between government, business, education and the community.