A new corporation to serve the intellectually disabled is being established in Barron County.
Carolyn Verhulst, chair of the board of directors of Barron County Developmental Disabilities, Barron, and Matthew Crowell, chair of the Catholic Charities Bureau, Superior, announced the two organizations have teamed up.
Effective Dec. 9, 2014, the new organization was reincorporated as Barron County Developmental Services. Joe Wacek, an experienced administrator of intellectual disability programs, will be the director of the agency, which will be operated with support of a local board of directors appointed by the Catholic Charities Bureau’s 13-member governing board.
The new organization will assist 55 people with employment, employment training and community-based services. Programs and services will continue to be delivered at the facility in Barron with the current staff.
Catholic Charities Bureau operates intellectual disability programs in Superior, Rhinelander, Siren and Medford, and CCB housing programs provide safe, affordable apartments for more than 300 disabled persons throughout a 16-county service area in northern Wisconsin. The organization has 55 programs and services assisting to those in need in 72 communities in northern Wisconsin and the Arrowhead region of Minnesota.