Providing a home: Nonprofit helping at-risk kids


After several years in the making, an educational community for at-risk boys and girls is now open — free of charge — to Indiana parents and custodial grandparents who are having a difficult time raising their kids and grandkids.

New Song Mission is a 100-acre family-style campus community in Brown County for Indiana’s at-risk children and teens.

Kids who are struggling with mild behavioral issues and other life difficulties can find hope, opportunity and a tailored education.

“We are so thankful for the two houseparent couples and campus director who have joined our team,” said Lisa Schloss, co-founder and associate director of New Song Mission and also a licensed clinical social worker. “We now have the community in place that we have always envisioned for boys and girls who need help and encouragement.”

A grassroots effort that has included 1,600 volunteers, 1,100 financial partners and more than 100 businesses has brought the vision to life.

The nonprofit Christian organization has remained debt-free during its development and construction, relying solely upon the generosity of individuals, churches, businesses and foundations for its support.

“Many years of planning, sacrifice, dedication and answered prayers have led us to this special time of welcoming in children,” said Elizabeth Kuehner, New Song Mission’s board president. “All of us on the board are very grateful to community members for the incredible support that New Song has received.”

With its houseparents and campus director now in place and ready to serve, New Song Mission is enrolling children and youth who need the organization’s special support and guidance.

To learn more about enrollment, interested parents, custodial grandparents and referring agencies may contact New Song Mission at 812-372-1004 or [email protected].

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