The program, formerly serving Marion and Hamilton counties only, is now open to those living in Clay County to assist members of the community.
The St. Vincent STAR (Special Talents to Achieve and Rise) Intensive is a faith-based, two-week workshop, which will take place in Indianapolis from July 12-25, followed by a six-week job shadowing experience in the community. The program is offered free to those selected to participate.
Those interested in attending will be provided transportation to an Indianapolis hotel, where they will live and eat for two weeks. During the days, STARS will attend all-day sessions that will give them the skills and resources necessary to acquire truly meaningful employment at some point in the future. Classes cover such issues as resume preparation, appropriate dress for the workplace, attitude, credit repair, transportation, childcare, etc. At the conclusion of the two weeks, participants will join in a formal graduation ceremony. Families are invited.
During the following six-week job shadowing experience at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, participants will receive a small stipend to assist with some of their expenses.
Candidates for the program must be able to complete the entire eight-week training, must be 18-older, must have no convictions for the last five years (criminal records will be checked), must pass a hospital-administered physical, including a drug and TB test and must have the equivalent of a 10th-grade education.
Those successfully completing both portions of the program are not promised a job, but if they meet the requirements of a particular vacant position at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, they will be welcome to apply and compete with other applicants.
The deadline for applications to the program is April 15.
To receive an application, contact Ted Redenbarger at St. Vincent Clay Hospital at 442-2500. For more general information on the program, contact the STAR staff at 1-317-415-5775.