Blue Water Developmental Housing, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides a variety of quality housing and support services through residential and community-based programs for people with special needs and those involved in their lives.

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Blue Water Developmental Housing, Inc. is a private, not for profit organization that provides a variety of quality housing and support services through residential and community based programs for people with special needs and those involved in their lives.

  • BWDH provides 24 hour personal care, protection and supervision for individuals living in our residential settings.
  • Our homes are licensed for up to six beds and the Specialized Adult Foster Care Homes are licensed and regulated by the Office of Children and Adult Licensing (State of Michigan).
  • All staff must sucessfully complete the direct care training program and receive up to 25 hours of additional training per year.
 
Our Mission & Vision

Blue Water Developmental Housing, Inc. has been providing quality care to our consumers since being incorporated as a private, not–for–profit organization in 1976. With the addition of a community support program in 1983, BWDH is now able to provide a full range of services for people with disabilities.   
The Mission of BWDH is to provide the highest quality services and supports to people with special needs and those involved in their lives. In an effort to fulfill its Vision, BWDH's Vision is to:
  • Be recognized as the provider of choice for housing, respite, and community-based support services for people with special needs.
  • Employ and develop staff members who support the vision of the organization, are dedicated to achieving excellence, and who reflect and represent the values of Blue Water Developmental Housing, Inc.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other service providers, community service groups, funding sources, advocacy groups, and other organizations necessary to advance and enhance the Vision and Mission of Blue Water Developmental Housing, Inc.
  • Continuously improve the quality of services based upon input from the stakeholders and the individuals served by the organization.
 
Our Core Values

The development and delivery of services at BWDH is organized around five Core Values to help establish and maintain the highest standard of professionalism and services to consumers. These Core Values include:

Respect for Individuals

BWDH cannot succeed without people. It is people who give this organization its meaning and its people who will make it work. BWDH believes in the idea that treating people well – with dignity, respect and with expectations of growth and development – is fundamental to the acheivement of a satisfying work experience and essential to insuring consumers are treated with respect.
 
    
The Importance of Innovation
BWDH believes that it can demonstrate new, creative and innovative ways of supporting, serving and assisting people. Innovation, creativity and inherent risks involved in doing things differently, but responsibly, are the hallmark values of BWDH.
The Importance of Teamwork
Despite the requirements of running an organization with various levels and lines of authority, those connected to BWDH believe that everyone affiliated with the organization can offer perspective, insight and input into improving what we do, how we serve and support people and the quality of our efforts. To that end, important and creative ideas may originate at any level within the organization.
Continuous Improvement
The aspiration of excellence is also an important value. Excellence is grounded in the quality of our efforts to serve, support, encourage and recognize one another as important contributors to the overall success of BWDH. Improvement requires continual work in monitoring and, as necessary, modifying our policies, procedures and practices.
Community Commitment
BWDH sees itself as a valued and integral part of the communities it serves. BWDH seeks meaningful ways to provide human services in response to under met or unmet community needs. BWDH believes that accountability to and responsibility for the local community is essential.
 
Our Services
Blue Water Developmental Housing, Inc. uses person–centered planning to promote choice, self–determination and the empowerment of each individual in creating their own plan of service.

Community-Based

BWDH's Community-Based Program offers support services for individuals with disabilities who reside independently or with their families in the community. The services provided focus on personal self sufficiency, independence and promotion of one's integration into the community. These services enable individuals to live in the least restrictive manner. 
 

Enriching Community Life Program

The purpose of this program is to empower, educate and support individuals with disabilities so that they may live as integral and respected members of their community.

Through the Enriching Community Life Program, para-professional staff provide community-based support that is designed by the consumer using the person-centered planning process. Consumers have the opportunity to choose from a variety of curriculum based skill sessions. Each session provides "real life" experiences to increase individual skills such as problem-solving techniques and to establish connections in the community. Class choices are based on consumer interest and need.

The Mission of BWDH is to provide the highest quality services and supports to people with special needs and those involved in their lives.

Residential

BWDH's Residential Program offers community living in the family–like settings of its ten group homes (See Locations for group home contact information). All residential homes are supervised twenty–four hours a day by staff and are licensed by the State of Michigan. Trained residential aides and an interdisciplinary team of professionals work together to coordinate Clinical Services such as Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, Medical, Dietary, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Psychological and Behavioral as needed. Staff also assists consumers with Skill Training in order for them to develop the tools necessary to live as independently as possible. Through Service Coordination, BWDH manages intakes, professional assessments, Plans of Service, linkage and monitoring, and advocacy services as needed for each individual.

 

2014 Parent/Guardian Survey
 
Newsletters
 Winter 2012
 
Referral Links

We receive referrals from the following organizations:

 
Strategic Links

Download our most recent Organizational Strategic Planning document.

 Strategic Plan 2012-2014

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Donations

BWDH is a 501(c)3 organization which means your donations are tax deductible. All donations help supplement BWDH’s programs and are accepted in several ways, including gifts by life insurance, charitable trust, direct donation and real estate.

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Accreditation
Blue Water Developmental Housing, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a CARF Three-Year Accreditation for Community HousingCommunity IntegrationRespite Services and Supported Living.   

What does our CARF accreditation mean to you? Visit CARF's website to find out.

 
Volunteering
Make a difference! BWDH is looking for volunteers. Please contact us for more information about how to get involved.
 
Questions

For more information regarding our community services, please contact:

  Kathy Baker
Phone: (810) 388-1200
Email: baker@bwdh.org

For more information regarding our residential services, please contact:

John Yurgens
Phone: (810) 388-1200
Email: yurgens@bwdh.org
 
Michigan Assisted Living Association
MALA to recognize two (2) employees of Blue Water Developmental Housing/Sanborn Gratiot Memorial Home, Kathy Swantek and Barbara Watson are being recognized at the 2013 Annual MALA Conference and Trade Show at the Spirit of Service Awards Luncheon.

Barbara is receiving the Spirit of Service Award as recognition of her dedication to supporting all individuals with needs.  This award recognizes supervisory personnel that show outstanding achievement in support of individuals with disabilities or are elderely.

Kathy is receiving the Honor Award, as chosen jointly by MALA and Bator-Gwinn Law Firm.  This award is given to an individual or organization that the selection committee identifies as outstanding in their commitment to excellence in service provision.

This is a great honor for all of us that work for Blue Water Developmental Housing, Inc for both of these individuals to receive such recognition.

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