The mission of BCDSI is to provide person-centered services to adults based on the needs of each individual so that they are able to live their lives to the fullest.
In the Spring of 1967, the Barron County Association for Retarded Children saw a need for services that did not exist within the County. They established the Barron County Day Care Services Board, hiring Olga Hamack as the first Director.
The program started at Faith Lutheran Church in Cameron and soon expanded into Rice Lake, Cumberland, Turtle Lake and Chetek. In 1969 all programs combined and moved into the Barron County Center School with activities centered on social, recreational and basic learning skills. In 1974, the program became incorporated as the Barron County Developmental Disabilities Services inc. Over the next 30 years, many partnerships were made including Department of Transportation to manage the Rest Areas, Barron County Waste to Energy Recycling, Parker Hannifiin Corporation, Wright Products, Artisam and Sanimina-SCI along with a woodworking shop.
In December, 2014, the BCDDS Board reached out to the Catholic Charities Bureau of Superior (CCB) to consider an affiliation. This was approved by Bishop Peter Christinsen in late December and became the 5th Community Rehabilitation Program under the CCB umbrella. The new Corporation name became Barron County Developmental Services Inc. (BCDSI). Joe Wacek was appointed as the Director of the organization overseeing the operation.
Today, BCDSI offers several programs including Day Services, Work Center employment training, Enclaves and Community Employment Services. Future expansion is planned to re-develop volunteer opportunities and community integration.
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