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Heritage Fund grant aids Centerstone jobs program for people with mental illnesses

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Centerstone's Employment Services has received a $25,000 grant from the Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County to reduce employment barriers for job seekers who have mental health issues such as chronic depression, anxiety or schizophrenia.

The grant will allow Centerstone, 720 N. Marr Road in Columbus, to grow its employment readiness program by offering work experience internships and employment skills classes to local residents in need.

As part of the grant, Centerstone will provide eligible individuals with employment skills training and/or set-up a work experience internship for them at local businesses. During the four-week work experience program, participants will receive a stipend of $20 per day to cover the cost of transportation, meals, appropriate work attire and other necessary work-related expenses.

In order to be eligible, participants must be Bartholomew County residents, at least 16 years old or older, and be experiencing mental health issues. For more information, call 800-344-8802 or go online at

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