With generous support from Regions Bank, Blue River Services, Inc. will supply essential resources for residents at Stepping Stone Apartments, a permanent supportive housing development for homeless young adults with disabilities.
Regions is presenting Blue River with a $2,000 donation to demonstrate its commitment to affordable housing, one of its key investment areas supporting economic and community development. The gift arrives just in time for the holidays.
“For more than six decades, Blue River Services has been dedicated to empowering people with disabilities and helping them overcome barriers to independence,” said Nicole Woodson, Community Development Manager for Regions in Indiana. “We’re pleased to lend our support to their efforts to help provide safe housing, employment training and access to community resources for their Harrison County clients.
When youth age out of the foster care system, many find themselves on the cusp of adulthood and homelessness. Stepping Stone was built in 2011 to address the unique needs of this population. By combining affordable housing with support services, Blue River helps reduce homelessness among adults 18-25, while ensuring residents continue to receive needed services, such as case management, therapy, driver’s education, and job training and placement. Agency staff also work with residents to bridge the gap to other services by providing food, clothing, apartment furnishings, transportation, and other essentials until outside assistance or income can be established.
“Through this program, we are helping youth transition into adulthood by giving them the resources they need to become self-sufficient and live happy, healthy lives,” said Liz Tyree, Director of Youth Services. “Our staff often serve in the parental/caregiver role to give these young people the tools they need to overcome barriers. Without generous support from community partners like Regions Bank, this crucial program would not exist.”
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please visit www.brsinc.org or call 812-738-4902 for more information.