Rauch Participant Named Indiana Bicentennial Torchbearer

Rauch Participant Named Indiana Bicentennial Torchbearer

Michelle Pfeifer, a longtime participant in Rauch services, has been selected as a torchbearer for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay. Torchbearers are Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region, or state. 

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Director of Children's Services Amelia Williams celebrates 30 years

Director of Children's Services Amelia Williams celebrates 30 years

This week, Amelia Williams celebrates thirty years of service to Rauch. Amelia, our Director of Children's Services, began her tenure at Rauch as a Developmental Therapist. 

Amelia was born in Carbondale, Illinois, the fifth of six children. Her father was a postal worker and her mother was a photographer and developer for the Southern Illinoisan until the chemicals in the darkroom started to cause scarring on her lungs. 

Amelia always knew that she wanted to work with troubled children, but did not have clear direction on exactly how until her cousin Deon was born...

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Rauch Keeps Rolling

Rauch Keeps Rolling

At the 2016 Imagine Awards, Rauch soared past its $34,136 fundraising goal to more than $46,000 in contributions. Rauch couldn't have achieved such a resounding success without auctioneer Shaun Logsdon and his team, Rauch staff volunteers, the agency's important mission, and most importantly - so many incredibly generous supporters. "Thank you" does not do justice to such an incredible evening.

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2016 Imagine Awards Honoree: David DeSanctis

2016 Imagine Awards Honoree: David DeSanctis

Rauch is pleased to announce the 2016 Imagine Awards Individual honoree, David DeSanctis. David had the opportunity of a lifetime to generate awareness and understanding when he was cast as “Produce,” a lead role in the movie Where Hope Grows. Released in 2014, the film focuses on what it means to belong. Produce and the other leading character, Calvin, develop a friendship that gives Calvin’s life new meaning and purpose.

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2016 Imagine Awards Honoree: Tasman Natural Pet

2016 Imagine Awards Honoree: Tasman Natural Pet

Rauch is pleased to announce the 2016 Imagine Awards Business honoree, Tasman Natural Pet. Tasman Natural Pet is a division of Tasman Industries, a Louisville-based family owned company founded by Goodman Tasman in 1947. Tasman Natural Pet was launched in 2010 to produce and market high-quality rawhide chews for dogs.

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Rauch, Inc. finalist for nonprofit of the year

Rauch, Inc. finalist for nonprofit of the year

One Southern Indiana will present its first Annual Non-Profit of the Year Award this year, recognizing an organization’s outstanding work within the community. Rauch, Inc. was chosen as one of the three finalists. Alongside Goodwill of Southern Indiana and Hope Southern Indiana, Rauch will be recognized at the One Southern Indiana Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 18, where the winner will also be announced.

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Housewarming Celebration & Neighborhood Block Party

Housewarming Celebration & Neighborhood Block Party

Rauch is excited to announce the completion of the final six houses at its Hawthorn Glen supported living housing development for adults with developmental disabilities. Friends, supporters, & our Hawthorn Glen neighbors are invited to a day of celebration to recognize this achievement. 

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Jason Lipoff, Professional Smile Giver

Jason Lipoff, Professional Smile Giver

Please join us in congratulating 2015 Imagine Awards Business honoree Dr. Jason Lipoff. We will be celebrating his contributions at the March 7 Imagine Awards gala at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Tickets & event info available at www.imagineawards.org

Affectionately called “Dr. J” by his patients, Jason Lipoff is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Health and Wellness Coach and a professional smile giver.

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It's a Way of Life for Jill Smith, 2015 Community Leader Honoree

It's a Way of Life for Jill Smith, 2015 Community Leader Honoree

We are pleased to congratulate 2015 Imagine Award Community Leader honoree Jill Valocik Smith!

Jill Smith has been a tremendous advocate for individuals with disabilities for over 25 years. Her varied career path has included positions as a behavior specialist, case manager, Family Advocate, and Executive Director of a Down Syndrome chapter. Jill is currently the manager of the “My Life, My Choice” project for The Arc of Indiana. Through this project, she has personally touched the lives of hundreds of individuals with disabilities, giving them the dignity and respect of asking about their lives and listening to their stories. 

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Congratulating 2015 Imagine Award Individual Honoree Bryan Varner

Congratulating 2015 Imagine Award Individual Honoree Bryan Varner

Rauch is pleased to announce and congratulate 2015 Imagine Award Individual honoree Bryan Varner. 

Born with cerebral palsy, Bryan Varner has had many hurdles to overcome, but he refuses to let disability stand in his way. He is an intelligent, hardworking problem solver, approaching challenges with a positive, can-do attitude. 

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Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

I often tell people that the best parts of my work day happen first thing in the morning and last thing in the afternoon, when I get some special good morning and goodbye salutations from the clients who are arriving and departing fromRauch Industries. Heck, sometimes they're the best part of my day, period. No matter what happens before, between, or after those greetings, they keep me grounded in what's important, add fun and friendship to my day, and sometimes entertain me a bit. :)

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Breaking Ground on a Dream Come True

Breaking Ground on a Dream Come True

For over four years, Rauch has been working to create a community where everyone belongs in Clark County, Indiana. Our high-quality, fully-accessible Supported Living housing has set a new standard for the care of some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens. The program serves adults with developmental disabilities in need of care and support to facilitate living as independently as possible. For many of Rauch’s clients, these houses are a dream come true.

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Celebrating the Contributions of Volunteers

Celebrating the Contributions of Volunteers

Last night, we had the pleasure of attending the Jeffersonville Rotary's Gold Leaf celebration. This event gives local non-profits the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of the many people in our community who put "Service Above Self". 

At the event, we honored current Rauch Foundation Board President Dennis Ott. Denny has been involved with Rauch for 10 years.

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Announcing the 2014 Imagine Awards Honorees

Announcing the 2014 Imagine Awards Honorees

On behalf of the 2014 Imagine Awards judging panel, the Rauch Foundation is pleased to announce this year's Imagine Awards Honorees. Please join us in congratulating the following deserving recipients!

INDIVIDUAL: MS. TRACI REISTER HARDY

COMMUNITY LEADER: MS. JANA KIXMILLER

ORGANIZATION: THE COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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A Very "Lucky" Day

A Very "Lucky" Day

 

Each year, our ADA and ACCESS programs gather to celebrate the holidays with a pot luck lunch, a visit from Santa, some carols, and a few gifts. Loved ones of those we serve graciously make this special day possible with contributions to purchase food and gifts, and many bring a dish to share. 

This year, ADA & ACCESS Director Sandy Braunbeck kicked the festivities off by introducing all the Rauch program participants in attendance. Everyone was celebrated with their own round of applause, and the family and friends in attendance got some special waves and smiles in return. 

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Donations for Client Gifts Sought

Donations for Client Gifts Sought

Each year, we host a holiday celebration for participants in all our programs… the most genuinely and completely joyful day we have all year. On Christmas Eve, our clients and staff will gather atRauch Industries to dance, dine, and be merry… and yes, receive a small gift. Can you help?

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2014 Imagine Awards Entertainer Announced

2014 Imagine Awards Entertainer Announced

The Rauch Foundation and Title Sponsor Horizon Wealth Management are thrilled to announce that the 2014 Imagine Awards will feature the talents of entertainer Sujeet DesaiAn accomplished musician who was born with Down syndrome, Mr. Desai plays seven instruments: soprano and bass clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, trumpet, drums and piano. He graduated from high school with honors and completed a two-year residential post-secondary study in Music and Human Services at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in Massachusetts. Sujeet lives independently in his home in Niagara Falls, NY.

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Celebrating Philanthropy

Celebrating Philanthropy

Today, I had the happy experience of being the guest of theHorseshoe Foundation of Floyd County at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Louisville Chapter's National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. It's an event that reminds you of the potential we all have within us to do good, make change, and give back. They honored a bevy of individuals and organizations who have devoted countless hours to the betterment of the greater Louisville community - a truly uplifting experience that puts your heart and mind in the right place.

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Imagine Awards Nominations Deadline is November 15

Imagine Awards Nominations Deadline is November 15

Last year, Dr. Joseph A. Fleck, DDS; Mr. Andrew Ganote; and Ms. Kim Kruer had a moment in the limelight in recognition of their contributions for individuals with disabilities. Who will be honored this year?

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