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Jewish Senior Life

Jewish Senior LifeThrough Project SEARCH® at Jewish Senior Life, interns will benefit from classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on learning with mentors, empowering them to master skills needed for competitive employment.

“People often think of a job as a way to get a paycheck, but it is so much more than that,” said Marianne Durrant, director of the Employment Alliance at Heritage Christian Services. “When you have work that means something to you, it opens the door to having more confidence, a sense of contributing and a new – more equal – level of socializing.”

Project SEARCH® at Jewish Senior Life launched October 2018. The Project SEARCH® Classroom is at the Summit at Brighton, an affiliate of Jewish Senior Life. Internships take place across the Jewish Senior Life campus.

Meet the Staff

Shawna BoytonShawna Boyton
Program Instructor

Karlton RolleKarlton Rolle
Job Skills Coach

Summer KogutSummer Kogut
Job Skills Coach

Types of Internships

  • Concierge
  • Resident Care Assistant
  • Creative Arts Assistant
  • Dining Waitstaff
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Therapeutic Recreation Assistant
  • Dishwasher
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Environmental Service Technician
  • Transporter

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Students arrive at The Summit at Brighton – Project SEARCH® Classroom
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Morning instruction
9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Internships at departments on JSL campus  (30 minutes for lunch)
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Afternoon instruction, journaling, and problem solving

List of partners involved

Support from Heritage Christian Services will be provided throughout the program, and additional supporting partners include the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation and Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities.

Contact Information

Marianne Durrant
(585) 340-2009


Shawna Boynton
(585) 405-1639