Better Business Bureau Report for
Blue River Services, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Blue River Services, Inc.
Address: 1365 Old Highway 135 NW PO Box 547
  Corydon, IN 47112
Phone: 812-738-2408
Web Address:
Also known as:Blue River Medical Transportation
Southern Indiana Transit System
Blue River Housing Corp
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1959, Indiana
Affiliates: Autumn Ridge, LP, Country Trace, LP, BR Autumn Ridge II, LLC, Blue River Housing Development Corp. , BR Country Trace II, LLC
Stated Purpose: The mission of Blue River Services, Inc. is to assist people with disabilities in realizing maximum personal growth and development in home, work and community by providing a continuum of individualized services and supports in settings least restrictive for the needs of the individual. As an adjunct to these services, whenever possible, Blue River Services, Inc. will serve the similar needs of the general community by providing services in non-segregated, community based settings which emphasize the integrated inclusion of people with disabilities into all areas of life which are enjoyed by members of the community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Blue River Services, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Blue River Services, Inc. provides a variety of programs and services including family and children services such as Rainbow’s End Child Care, Healthy Families home visitation, First Steps System Coordination and System Point of Entry, and WIC. Services for adults with disabilities include habilitation services and sheltered workshops. BR Grafix screen print shop, Janitorial and Lawn Care Services. Employment services such as vocational evaluation and rehabilitation services, and driver’s education. Residential services including supervised group living, structured family care giving, supported living and in-home services. Affordable housing for families & seniors and accessible housing for people with disabilities are provided at Country Trace Apartments, Oakview Apartments, and Autumn Ridge Apartments. Transitional housing for victims of domestic violence is provided at Hope Manor and Jill’s House. Youth Services include emergency ad long-term shelter for children ages 6 to 18 is provided at Wyandotte House and permanent supporting housing is provided at Stepping Stones Apartments for young adult’s ages 18 to 25 that are homeless and cannot accessing traditional housing. Transportation services include route transportation to access day services for people with disabilities. Medicaid and public transportation is also provided to the community. Administrative and fiscal support services for programs provided by Blue River Services, Inc.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Blue River Services, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Supervised Group Living Residential Homes 2,728,668
Family Services 2,422,426
Industrial Services 2,148,506
Community Resources 1,326,838
Childrens Services 1,220,848
Transportation 1,142,865
Housing 716,641
Employment Services 451,568
Youth Services 381,425
WIC 327,793
Community Relations/Fund Devleopment/Screen Print 213,879
Total Program Expenses: $13,081,457
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Chief Executive : Daniel J. Lowe, President/CEO

Chair of the Board: Tom Paris
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Banker

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 409

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, and membership.

In addition, Blue River Services is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $737,345, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Blue River Services, Inc.'s audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Ending net assets as reported below include $6,709,002 in unrestricted net assets and $5,886,008 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $12,255,238 invested in property, land, and equipment.

Source of Funds  
Government Financial Assistance & Service Fees 12,421,579
Sales Contract Revenue 2,173,091
Contributions 484,694
Rental Revenue 299,818
Donated Buildings, Facilities & Equipment 252,651
Investment Income 60,237
Other Revenue 7,455
Gain on Sale of Assets 1,480
Total Income $15,701,005


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 9% 

Total income $15,701,005
Program expenses $13,081,457
Fund raising expenses 86,950
Administrative expenses 1,366,729
Total expenses $14,535,136
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,165,869
Beginning net assets 11,429,141
Ending net assets 12,595,010
Total liabilities 5,347,719
Total assets $17,942,729

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