Blue River Services, Inc. (BRS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1959 by six families who believed that all people are capable of learning when given the opportunity and appropriate support services. With this guiding philosophy for more than 60 years, BRS has consistently expanded its services to meet the needs of community members and help people with disabilities and the general public overcome barriers to independence.

BRS strives to reach its motto of “People Serving People” by providing exceptional services for all ages, from infants to seniors, in all areas of life and levels of ability.  In fiscal year 2019, the agency served 20,710 individuals through more than 20 programs in 30 Indiana counties.

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Blue River Services, Inc. will be developing Apple Orchard Apartments, a multi-family affordable housing apartment complex, in two phases in New Salisbury, IN. The First phase will be consists of 14 two and three bedroom units. Some features of the units include cover porches, outside storage, and energy star appliances. The apartments will serve households that make below the Area Median Income for Harrison County.

Blue River Services, Inc. was granted $195,000 for construction costs from the Harrison County Community Foundation. With the Foundation’s support, Blue River Services, Inc. was able to secure funding from other public and private grants. The project is scheduled to start this summer.

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Blue River Services, Inc. Awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Funding for Bradie Shrum Elementary School

In a recent round of Innovation Grant opportunities made available by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Blue River Services, Inc. (BRS) applied for and was awarded 2 separate grants totaling $300,000.  In the first grant, BRS was awarded $100,000 and selected to serve as a statewide 21st CCLC Peer Support Partner.  As a State Peer Partner, BRS will provide on-site peer coaching, support and train other grantees on using the Cayen data management system, assist IDOE 21st CCLC staff with statewide strategic and collaborative efforts, and manage 21st CCLC meeting logistics including space reservations, set up and anything else that might be needed to successfully host trainings.  “As the statewide Peer Support Partner, BRS will work collaboratively with the State 21st CCLC staff to develop and implement new and improved strategies and expectations, and/or expand upon the current ones,” states Julia Baylor, BRS Director of Children’s Services.  “We will be able to bring to the table years of experience, a working knowledge of what it takes to run successful programs, ideas and information regarding various types of professional development that would be beneficial to providers around the state, and a willingness to share our established policies, procedures, forms and other documentation.”

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Indiana WIC is Open by Phone!

WIC offices are completing all information by phone. You will not need to come to the office to receive services.

If you have temporarily lost your job due to covid 19 and are pregnant, breastfeeding or have children under the age 5, you may qualify for WIC. A family of four can earn $47,638 per year; family of five can earn $55,815 per year and still qualify for wic.

WIC is here to help during Covid-19

For more information please call:

  • Harrison County: 812-738-1601
  • Washington County: 812-883-1394
  • Orange County : 812-723-4131
  • Crawford County: 812-365-2943

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Rauch Imagine Awards Honor Blue River Services Staff and Consumer

On March 7, Rauch, Inc., Blue River Services, Inc. and RBR Alliance, Inc. staff and community leaders celebrated the 20th Imagine Awards at Caesar’s Southern Indiana.

Thanks to the sponsors, donors, attendees, volunteers, auctioneer Shaun Logsdon and local musician Jackson Snelling for making the 20th Annual Imagine Awards such a resounding success. More than 340 people came out for a remarkable performance by Jackson and a live auction that raised more than $44,000 to help Rauch purchase four new wheelchair accessible vehicles - WOW. Congratulations to award winners Jerry Beverly, Donna Davis and Metro United Way - Louisville!!

The vision of the Imagine Awards is to celebrate those who are committed to making a better community and world for people with disabilities... "A Community Where Everyone Belongs." 

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