Upcoming Blue River Events

Core A & B Medical Training
11-01-2016 8:00 am
Core A & B Medical Training
11-02-2016 8:00 am
CPI Full Course Training
11-04-2016 9:00 am
CPI Full Course Training
12-02-2016 9:00 am
Core A & B Medical Training
12-06-2016 8:00 am
Core A & B Medical Training
12-07-2016 8:00 am

Blue River Services, Inc. (BRS) is a private not for profit organization founded in 1959 by six families that believed that all people are capable of learning when given the opportunity and appropriate support services. With this guiding philosophy for more than 57 years, BRS has consistently expanded its services to meet the needs of community members and address barriers to independence for people with and without disabilities.

BRS strives to reach its motto of “People Serving People” by providing exceptional services that cover a wide spectrum; across all ages from infants to seniors, in all areas of life and levels of ability, from most to least restrictive.  Our agency currently offers services through 13 departments. In fiscal year 2015, BRS served 24,328 individuals in 33 Southern Indiana Counties.

We invite you to explore our website and see how we can serve you.

Blue River Services Prom A Night to Remember

Bill Polokoff shows off his crown after being named Dutch of the Prom.

Surrounded by pastel hues of blue, pink, green and yellow, adults with disabilities and their guests danced the night away October 1 at Southern Hills Church in Salem, Indiana. More than 100 guests attended this year’s Blue River Services, Inc. Prom – a record turnout for the annual event.

Now in its ninth year, the prom organized by Blue River Services staff and volunteers inspired a night to remember with a Kentucky Derby theme. But instead and red rose garlands, attendees anxiously awaited another type adornment.

During the Royal Court ceremony, the most coveted titles of King and Queen went to Patrick James and Carol Stocking, respectively, who both participate in Blue River Services’ group habilitation at the Washington Center in Salem and reside at two of the agency’s seven group homes.

Donald Kost and Tracy Carpenter were crowned Prince and Princess, Bill Polokoff and Linda Wilson were named Dutch and Dutchess, and the sweethearts of the Prom were Dennis Martin and Cindy Lawson, who chose to make the event their first official date.

After photographs, prom goers enjoyed cupcakes and lemonade at tables decorated with flowers, LED candlelight ambiance and champagne glasses each guest took home as a memento.

With some help from DJ Paul Dinklocker, the dance floor was packed from the beginning of the evening until the last song.

“Guests do not pay to attend and are guaranteed a night to remember,” said Tammy Seitz, Director of Community Resources at Blue River Services, Inc.

Staff and consumers are already gearing up for next year’s event – the prom’s tenth anniversary – which Seitz suspects will draw even more participants.

If you would like to contribute to next year’s prom, in-kind and monetary donations are accepted at any Blue River Services location. Please call 812-738-2018 for more information.

Blue River Services Shows Appreciation for Structured Family Caregiving

Bailey Seitz, left, entertained consumers including Patty Nasco, right, with her balloon bending talents.

In appreciation of those who dedicate their time and support, Blue River Services, Inc. hosted a carnival-themed Structured Family Caregiving Luncheon July 29 at Southern Hills Church in Salem, Indiana. Yvonne Meadows was named Householder of the Year for her commitment to providing exceptional care for people with extensive needs, and Emma Waldridge was selected as Resident of the Year for her tenacity in overcoming several physical obstacles.

With vibrant colors, activities and food prepared by volunteers, the event also recognized 15 program residents for the goals they achieved over the past year.

Structured Family Caregiving, part of the Community Resources Department at Blue River Services, Inc.,  offers a unique solution for adults with disabilities who can’t manage their own care. Made possible by the U.S. government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Indiana’s Aged and Disabled Waiver, the program matches consumers with responsible, caring families who provide programming and services in their home. In fiscal year 2016, 86 percent of consumers who participated in the program reported a positive experience, and all parents and guardians of consumers placed in a family caregiver’s home responded positively.

Since no carnival would be complete without balloon animals, college student Bailey Seitz volunteered her talent as a balloon artist crafting everything from giraffes, puppies, cats and bears to parrots and an amusing but functional hat, which seemed to be a crowd favorite.

Structured Family Caregiving Manager Murie Medlock wrapped up the luncheon with a photo presentation marking the great strides, as well as a few adventures, residents had throughout the year.

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