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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Services, Human Services

Mission: The mission of Bauer Family Resources is "Creating brighter tomorrows by strengthening children and families today."

Target demographics: children and families.

Programs: See schedule o head start and early head start are federally funded programs that offer free pre-school and child care services to families living at or below the federal poverty guidelines. Special consideration is given to children with disabilities; living in foster care, homeless, or receiving public assistance. Services include case managers to support families be successful. Services include pregnant women's program, homebased early head start services, centered based early head start classrooms and head start preschool classrooms. In 2014 early head start served 174 children and families (including pregnant women and home based families). The head start program served 317 families. Of these 6% were foster children, 1% were homeless and 6% were receiving public assistance. The organization received 16,282 in in-kind support from the community in 2014.

see schedule o family centered services includes programs and services funded by state contracts and grants. In bauer's counseling division, master's level therapists and bachelor's level case managers provide services to families involved with the child welfare system. Services, provided in-home, including counseling, case management, supervised visitation and support for fathers. In 2014 295 families participated in counseling division services. Of these, 160 had their cases successfully closed during the calendar year. Homebuilders, a short-term, intensive case management program for families with involvement with child welfare or juvenile probation, provided services to 186 individuals in 2014 for a total of 1,022 units of service. Community partners is a child abuse prevention program that offers case management services to families with children. In addition to case management, the program can meet concrete needs of families. In 2014 more than 17,069 adults and children were impacted by community partners. The program paid more than 117,000 for concrete needs (utilities, buying beds, etc. ) and counseling fees for participants. Voca provides advocacy services to victims of crime. In 2014, 457 individuals were reached and 2,105 units of services were provided.

youth and family services include the remainder of the organization's programs and in 2014 included youth development and teen court. A food pantry was offered in partnership with a local church. During 2014, youth development offered both after school and summer programming. There were 524 youth who were members of the youth development program, receiving more than 50,000 units of service throughout the year. Meals and snacks were provided to participants during all programs. Services include homework help, stem and art activities, and recreation. A reading program and basketball program also is available to participants. The summer includes weekly field trips. The food pantry, operated in partnership with church women united, served 128,556 meals to 17,306 individuals in 2014.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

As a pediatrician, father, school volunteer, husband of a teacher, and 14-year community member, I have observed multiple benefits brought to the children and families of Tippecanoe County through the services of Bauer Family Resources. The significant support and developmental impact enabled by its Early Head Start and Head Start programs are felt by many. Counseling and support services for the most vulnerable in our community are provided with professionalism and compassion. The involvement and connections encouraged by the Community Center's programing and youth initiatives are ever-evolving and impactful. The newly developed Celebrate Youth! recognition event engages schools, other agencies, and the entire adult community in appreciating the strengths to be found within the youth of our community - and then holds them up to all with pride. Bauer has a long history of making a difference for families in multiple ways, it is a vital resource for many and a contributor to what makes the Greater Lafayette area a wonderful community for all.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This agency serves thousands of people every year and strengthens their community by empowering youth and families to choose better futures for themselves. The types of programs and services offered address a wide variety of issues; everything from kindergarten readiness to substance abuse therapy to emergency financial assistance. Our community is better because of Bauer!


Rating: 4

Bauer is a Family Friendly organization. They have a wonderful youth services program that helps youth stay out of trouble and become productive citizens for our society. Many positive stories have been produced from this program. Most heart warming is one about a former Youth Service volunteer in the 90's who is now a CEO of a company that hires kids from this program into his organization and gives them a chance to succeed. He is a great mentor and supporter of the whole organization. His personal testimony of how Bauer changed his life when he was a volunteer while attending Purdue University is very powerful and meaningful.


Rating: 5

The Bauer Family Resource Center serves individuals of all ages.

The Head Start staff cares for infants and preschool children.

Our youth staff and volunteers provide games and activities for
school age children. They take the children on special outings
and give much needed help with their homework. We also have
an individual trained to assist children in trouble.

Adults receive counseling, food, clothing, and help finding jobs.

Once a week the center feeds individuals and families dinner.
This provides a safe place to meet others and enjoy a good

We are very fortunate to have the Bauer Resource Center in our

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bauer Family Resources literally changes lives in our Greater Lafayette community! It is awe inspiring to hear stories of children and families affected and the staff's and volunteer's profound impact on these young ones. Bauer has even started a Celebrate Youth banquet event that honors and celebrates teens who have overcome obstacles in their lives and flourished despite the odds. The organization is in its third planning year of this event, which receives deep and wide community support! Congratulations Bauer, and keep up the awesome work!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bauer Family Resources provides services to individuals and families in the Greater Lafayette area when they need them the most, whether its food or clothing when these items are solely needed, or child care services when the parents are both employed but there is not enough money to cover these expenses. There are countless stories of families in our area who have benefitted from the caring and compassionate services provided by the staff at Bauer, and our community is truly blessed to have them here.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bauer is committed to serving the underprivileged youth and families of the community. This organization has existed for numerous years with this mission and continues to be recognized as one of the pillar support organizations for residents in the area. Their success stories are many but their total impact is immeasurable.