Six years ago, INARF Member and State Use Program provider Rauch, Inc. entered into a new line of service in an effort to provide expanded job opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as to diversify agency income. These services initially began with a Federal contract award to provide groundskeeping services at the U.S. Census Bureau in Jeffersonville, which provided the necessary infrastructure and scale to expand and launch landscaping and lawn care services to private customers.
On Sunday, WDRB-TV channel 41 in Louisville featured Rauch’s landscaping crew. It highlighted the abilities of the program and the people for whom it provides opportunities, demonstrating first-hand the quality work they provide. Individuals working on the crew are paid wages starting at minimum wage, and those working on the government contract are paid significantly higher wages in accordance with Service Contract Act rates.
In commenting on what he enjoyed most about the opportunities provided through the program, Cody Burke indicated “Being outside, you get to make money, get dirty.”
Rauch Landscaping & Lawn Care provides services to meet a variety of residential and commercial landscaping and lawn care needs at Rauch-owned properties and elsewhere throughout the community. Capabilities include lawn mowing, edging, weed eating, small tree and shrub trimming, mulching and mulch renewing, leaf removal, seasonal cleanup, landscape design and new plantings.