Healthcast: Covenant Health teams up with Project Search

LUBBOCK, Texas – Covenant Health has hundreds of employees.

This is the second year they’ve teamed up with Project Search, a partnership with community organizations to help young adults who have developmental disabilities get a job and learn soft skills they need to find a job.

“We teach them communication skills, time management, being organized and responsible,” explained Lead Senior Recruiter Linda Barrientos. “It’s a good way to learn how to problem solve and how to work independently most importantly.”

Thanks to Project Search, 21-year-old Theodore Carey started as an intern in Environmental Services at Covenant.

9 months later, he’s working full time. 

“I do a couple of runs of trash and linens, take some beds up,” Carey explained. “I do some floor tech, too.”

“Our first year we were able to hire 90% of the Project Search interns,” said Barrientos. “Several of them were hired directly here at Covenant; Theodore being one of them.”

“They teach me the skills I need to succeed in life,” Carey explained.

“It’s really encouraging to see a person who at one point might have struggled with these concepts, not only have they overcome them, but Theodore is one of our best employees,” said Environmental Services Supervisor Dustin Pedigo. “It’s rewarding on days that are hard to find reward.”

Carey says he’s learned a lot over the past year and a half and encourages others to try it out, too.

“It’s a good program and I hope anyone who comes enjoys it so they can learn,” Carey said. 

Covenant Health is the first host business to participate in Project Search.