Eastern High School Launches D.E.L.T.A. Program in Partnership with BRS

Eastern High School and Blue River Services, Inc. have joined forces to create an academic and career focused afterschool program known as D.E.L.T.A. (Determination, Excellence, Leadership, Talent, and Achievement).

D.E.L.T.A. kicked off this summer with a “Healthcare Careers” mini-camp at Eastern High School. During the camp, healthcare professionals from St. Vincent Hospital in Salem came to EHS to give presentations and provide valuable information on many different healthcare career paths. The camp culminated with a trip to St. Vincent Hospital where hospital staff provided a complete tour of the facility and students were able to shadow healthcare professionals on the job. The camp helped students increase knowledge about their current career interests. The D.E.L.T.A. program, designed to provide enriching academic activities and introduce high school students to a variety of career options, will be provided throughout the school year.
"We are excited to provide this opportunity to our students at Eastern High School,” said Principal Darrin Farris. “Our partnership with local businesses is a key component to the success of our program."

While the Healthcare Camp was provided over the summer, the first year of programming will be laid out as follows:

  • First 9 weeks – Starting Over, Starting Off Right – No matter what a student has done in the past, now’s is their chance to start over and this time do it right!
  • Second 9 Weeks – Honeymoon is Over – Time to get the work done! Earn the credits, take the online classes, etc.
  • Third 9 Weeks – Hobbies – Students choose what they want to learn – Building drones, for example, or taking CNA classes.
  • Fourth 9 weeks – Crossing the finish line 

The D.E.L.T.A. program is made possible through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant received by East Washington from the Indiana Department of Education. Eastern High School will receive $292,767 during the 2017-18 school year to fund this exciting new program.

Blue River Services, Inc. and East Washington partnered to write and submit the 21st CCLC grant application. Blue River Services, Inc. has been involved in the education of children throughout the community, including after-school programs, for many years. The agency is the afterschool provider at both East Washington Elementary and Middle School. Blue River Services, Inc. will provide program staffing, be responsible for coordinating all activities, and work with the school to recruit students and add additional partners.

“This will be our first experience with high school programming,” said Julia Baylor, Director of Children’s Services at Blue River Services, Inc. “I am thrilled to be able to work with East Washington on this project. For students to truly be prepared to be successful after high school, they need the skills necessary to balance work, life, and school, as well as the connections required to gain access to interviews, classes and careers. Our program will not only prepare students for immediate employment if desired, but will also give them the training and certifications needed to work their way through further post-secondary education and training.”

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Structured Family Caregiving Lunch Honors Residents and Caregivers in Summer Style

The annual Structured Family Caregiving Appreciation Luncheon, held June 15 at Southern Hills Church in Salem, was “a day at the beach.” With lots of sea shells, sun and activities, the afternoon honored the program’s 16 residents and their caregivers.

 Part of the Community Resources Department at Blue River Services, Inc., the program offers a unique approach to assisted living for adults with disabilities. With funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Indiana’s Aged and Disabled Waiver, consumers are matched with caring, responsible families who welcome them into their home and provide daily structure in support of improving self-sufficiency.

This year’s resident of the year was Kenny Taylor, who won over staff with his “million-dollar smile” and “mischievous giggle.” Taylor also overcame many physical obstacles and continued to succeed in reaching his goals.

The householders, as the support families are called, also were recognized for their service to Blue River Services, Inc. and the people the agency serves. Debbie Byrd was awarded householder of the year for her 12 years of service and going above and beyond for her consumer, who is considered part of the family.

“Debbie involves the consumer that resides with her in every aspect of her family’s life,” said Tammy Seitz, Director of Community Resources. “This includes family vacations, church events, family reunions and birthday parties. Debbie is an amazing asset to Blue River Services, Inc. and her consumer.”

As everyone finished a beach picnic-inspired lunch provided by Shady Patch Farm, Murie Medlock, program manager, presented a video chronicling residents and their adventures throughout the past year.

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Now Hiring SGL Life Skills Instructors

We have several positions open for Supervised Group Living (SGL) Life Skills Instructors. Full- and part-time positions are available at Blue River Services group homes located in Corydon, Salem, Palmyra, New Albany, and Milltown. Second- and third-shift positions, as well as first, second and third weekend shifts are available. Blue River Services also offers “substitute” status in this position, in which you can work as needed, as available. Most shifts are weekday evenings and weekends, because residents are out in the community during the day, either working at jobs or attending day services at BRS workshops.

Each group home has up to seven adult residents with developmental disabilities living at the home. This is their home and in some cases has been their home for most of their adult life. Each home is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is a great opportunity for college students to work outside their school schedule and medical students who need internship hours. No experience is necessary; training is provided. Must be eager to help others with a compassion for all individuals and a desire to be a positive role model and companion for residents. Examples of duties include assisting residents with grocery shopping, preparing meals and general housekeeping. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must possess an accredited high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver’s license. Drug testing required. Health benefits are available for full-time employees working 30 hours or more. Dental, vision, life, 401k and other benefits, including paid time off, are offered to employees working 20 hours or more in this position. BRS is an equal employment opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

For more information on specific openings at each home, please see below.

  • Corydon (McGrain and Summit View homes & Sub status) – Contact Tim at 812-738-4996
  • Salem (Oak) – Contact Bailey at 812-883-4852
  • Salem (Nichols) – Contact Holly at 812-883-1528
  • Palmyra – Contact Jamie at 812-596-1455
  • New Albany – Contact Barb at 812-734-4310
  • Milltown – Contact Eric at 812-365-2751

For a complete list of all current job openings and an application, please click on the “Careers” tab.

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