Duke Energy Awards Hamilton Center $5,000 Grant

Hamilton Center, Inc. is the recipient of a $5000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation in support of Project SEARCH, an innovative experiential learning program devoted to providing real life, professional work experience for students with disabilities. Hamilton Center CEO Mel Burks commended the Duke Energy Foundation for its support of Project SEARCH and for recognizing the importance of the program which helps high school students and young adults with disabilities become productive members of the community. Approximately seventy percent of those completing the program have been successfully employed in the community.

Project SEARCH receives support through the State of Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Medicaid Waiver and Title XX. The Wabash Valley Community Foundation has also provided a $6000 grant to help with the cost of the program. Funds requested are for costs associated with curriculum and supplies needed to provide Project SEARCH. Now in its fourth year of operation, Project SEARCH provides work internships for high school students with disabilities at Union Hospital. Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in Central and West Central Indiana. The corporate offices are located in Terre Haute. Hamilton Center is building hope and changing lives for thousands of adults, children, couples and families. The offices are designed to be convenient, private and confidential, reducing the barriers sometimes associated with seeking psychological health treatment. Hamilton Center employs over 500 staff statewide, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors, and case managers.

Services are provided to children, adolescents and adults, with specialized programs for pregnant women, infants, and people with drug and alcohol problems. Counseling services are provided for people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, serious mental illnesses. Contact Nichelle Washington, Project SEARCH Program Director at nwashington@hamiltoncenter.org or 812-231-3764 for additional information.

The Duke Energy Foundation supports the development of sustainable communities within the company's service territory. The foundation, along with employee and retiree volunteers, actively works to improve the quality of life in our communities, lending expertise in the form of leadership and financial support through grants and volunteer support of charitable organizations.

Duke Energy Indiana's operations provide approximately 6,900 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 790,000 customers, making it the state's largest electric supplier.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

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