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4/18/2017 Non-Profit Spotlight
Non-Profit of the Month | April 2017 | Blue River Services, Inc.

This special feature showcases 1si’s non-profit members. Spotlighting members from across the community, 1si’s Non-Profit Member Spotlight reflects the variety of our membership. If you would like to be featured in this section, please fill out the following and return it along with a company logo (JPEG, GIF or PDF format) to Connie Mudd via email at ConnieM@1si.org:

Blue River Services, Inc.
1365 Old Highway 135
Corydon, IN 47112
Business Phone: 812-738-2408
www.brsinc.org
Contact Person: Daniel Lowe
Contact Title: President and CEO
Contact Email: 
daniellowe@brsinc.org

Please use 300 words or less to describe your agency and your impact in the community.

Agency Mission Statement or Description:

Blue River Services, Inc. is a private, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded in 1959 to provide education for children with disabilities after the public school systems deemed them uneducatable. Blue River has since expanded its services to meet the growing needs of children, youth, young adults and seniors of all backgrounds and ability in 32 Southern Indiana counties. Blue River strives to achieve its motto of “People Serving People” every day.

For the past 58 years, Blue River Services has been fulfilling its mission to assist people with disabilities realize maximum personal growth and development at home, work and in the community. Whenever possible, Blue River Services also meets the similar needs of the general community by providing services in non-segregated, community-based settings that emphasize the inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of life.

Year established: 1959

Counties/regions serviced: Clark, Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Floyd, Gibson, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Scott, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermilion, Vigo, Warrick and Washington Counties.

Focus areas:

Blue River Housing
Affordable Multi-Family Housing
Autumn Ridge
Autumn Ridge II
Oakview

Affordable Senior Housing
Country Trace
Country Trace II
Country Trace III
Grandview Manor South
Jackson Court (coming soon)

Transitional Housing (Domestic Violence Victims)
Jill’s House
Hope Manor

Permanent Supportive Housing (Homeless Young Adults with Disabilities)
Stepping Stone

Blue River Industries
Corydon Blue River Industries Sheltered Workshop
Salem Blue River Industries Sheltered Workshop
State Use Contracts
Janitorial and Lawn Care Services

BR Grafix
Commercial screen print shop and training venue for adults with disabilities

Children’s Services
Rainbow’s End Child Care Center and Preschool, Corydon and Georgetown
Reach for a Star After-School Programs
Blue River Services Jumpstart Preschool, Morgan and North Harrison Elementary Schools
Prevent Child Abuse Harrison County

Community Resources
In-Home Services
Habilitation
Structured Family Caregiving
Wellness Coordination

Employment Services
Vocational Assessment and Rehabilitation
Resume Services
Discovery and Placement Services
Supported Employment

Driver’s Training
Specialized training tailored to meet individual needs

Family Services
First Steps
Healthy Families

Residential Supervised Group Living
Summit View Group Home
Klerner Lane Group Home
Marvy Lane Group Home
Milltown Group Home
McGrain Street Group Home
Nichols Avenue Group Home
Oak Drive Group Home

Transportation
Day Services
Children’s Services
Medicare
Public

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Crawford, Harrison, Orange and Washington Counties

Youth Services
Wyandotte Youth Shelter
Corydon Ramsey Youth Services Home for children with disabilities
Safe Place/Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program Partner

Impact in community: Since 1959, Blue River Services, Inc. has been helping people with disabilities further their independence. In fiscal year 2016, Blue River Services, Inc. served more than 21,000 people in 32 Southern Indiana counties.

Economically, in 2016, the agency employed 243 people, had more than $4 million in payroll and spent $579,848 locally in Harrison County alone.

How 1si members can help your organization: Blue River Services offers community members the opportunity to grow and thrive in so many ways. From early childhood education, youth in crisis and babies with developmental delays, to group homes and work opportunities for adults with disabilities, and housing for low-income families, women fleeing domestic violence and seniors who need a safe, supportive environment to age in place, we encourage organizations and individuals to learn more about our services, support a program, or start an annual giving campaign. All donations support the mission of Blue River Services to help further the independence of people with disabilities, as well as the general public, through programs and services designed to meet the unique and individualized needs of each recipient.

To make a cash donation, please make a check payable to Blue River Services, Inc. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to the following address:
Blue River Services, Inc.
Program Development
1365 Old Hwy. 135 Corydon, IN 47112

Non-monetary donations, such as gently used clothing, household items and back-to-school supplies, are accepted at any BRS location. To find a BRS location near you, please visit http://www.brsinc.org/images/pdf/BRS-Locations.pdf.

Every donation is useful, appreciated and tax deductible.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed for many facility improvement and grounds beautification projects at agency properties. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth groups and other organizations looking for community service projects will find many opportunities to learn skills and values at Blue River Services. For more information, please call 812-734-0496.
Blue River Services volunteers also may assist with fundraisers and special events, including county fairs and the annual Golf Scramble. Volunteer opportunities for special events will be posted on the agency website.

Additional information: Blue River Services is always looking for caring individuals to join its team of professionals. The agency offers a variety of challenging career opportunities in Southern Indiana and positions require varied backgrounds and education.

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, paid days off, the opportunity to participate in an agency-matched retirement plan, credit union, prepaid legal services, childcare discounts, supplemental healthcare plans and screen printing discounts.

For more information, please visit us online at www.brsinc.org and click on the “Careers” tab, or call 812-738-0776.