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REAL Services, Inc.

Believing in the dignity of all people, the mission of REAL Services is to assist those we serve in maintaining their independence and finding meaning and satisfaction throughout their lives. Our programs address the needs of education, nutrition, self-sufficiency, and protection for 30,000 people in northern Indiana each year. REAL Services was created in May 1966 as part of planning for the future of older adults who were displaced when the Studebaker Plant closed. In 1968, REAL Services designed the first program in the United States to establish nutrition sites to provide meals and socialization for older adults. This program served as a model for nutrition assistance across the country. Since that time, REAL Services has established itself not only as a state-wide leader, but an example for the entire nation in serving the aging community through innovative ideas, integrity, competent management, ground-breaking practices and sound financial trust. Today, REAL Services is an umbrella organization for more than 20 programs that assist elderly, disabled and low-income individuals. Family Development, Energy Assistance, Meals on Wheels, Senior Nutrition Sites, Foster Grandparents, Caregiver Support Groups, Memory Care Training, and Transportation Services, are just some of our programs that assist people to remain independent for life. A complete list may be found on our website. Our clients tell our story best. Watch the video at
Your generosity will help elderly, disabled, and low-income families in our community. If you prefer, you may designate one of 20 programs in the REAL Services family of services. Or your unrestricted gift may be used where it is needed the most. REAL Services has three "divisions": Area Agency on Aging, Community Action Agency, and Alzheimer’s Services. These three divisions serve vulnerable older adults and low-income persons of all ages. The emphasis of the Area Agency on Aging is to assist older people to maintain independence as much as possible. The emphasis of the Community Action Agency, which support single parents and low-income families, is to break the cycle of dependence on the welfare system. Alzheimer’s Services of Northern Indiana provides support to those with dementia and their families and caregivers. REAL Services exists as a unique organization with a network of unduplicated services. Each program is a stand-alone, with its own budget and income sources. This structure allows administrative costs to remain extremely low. REAL Services’s administrative costs are held to 5% or less! This means 95 cents of every dollar donated to REAL Services is used to help people who have nowhere else to turn. Each year, we rely on the generosity of our community to serve the growing number of people who need our services. Thank you for believing in our mission and for your confidence in REAL Services to serve the vulnerable residence of our community!
For 50 years, REAL Services has served our community and has become a financially stable organization serving more than 30,000 people in our community each year. Endowment funds ensure the future of our programs at a time when government funding is declining. For 50 years, the agency has worked quietly to fulfill its mission, but its good work has not gone unrecognized. REAL Services has received numerous local, state, and national awards. Most recently, in 2013, the REAL Services received 2 awards from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging for Innovation: Aging Achievement Award for Care Transitions (REAL Care) and Aging Achievement Award for Home and Community Based Care (Need Based Care Service Delivery Model). In 2014, we received an award from Health Care Excel in recognition of contributions to the long-term care community in St. Joseph County. In 2016, REAL Services received the Distinguished Community Services Award from the South Bend Alumni Association. Also in 2016, NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals presented REAL Services with the Community Leadership Award in recognition that Real Services demonstrates excellence in service and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity and civic and social responsibility.

1151 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46601

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