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Who We Are

BRAF is a private not for profit agency which is overseen by a Board of Directors.

Mission: Blue Ridge Area Foundation provides individualized, comprehensive and high quality residential and vocational services to adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities(IDD).

Guiding Principles

  • We value each person’s individuality and believe that each person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • We value each person’s ability and believe that each person should have the opportunity to maximize his or her potential through active treatment and individualized training.
  • We value providing the best quality care and believe that ensuring each individual’s health and safety is fundamental to their quality of life.
  • We value our employees and believe our delivery of high quality, individualized care is dependent on our well-trained and dedicated staff.
  • We value team work and believe that staff, families and board members working together can ensure that individuals reach their potential.

Blue Ridge Homes was created in the l980’s (incorporated on March 4, 1983) to answer a need in our community for services for adult IDD. Although we have been operated by different organizations over the years, we have been referred to as Blue Ridge Homes for residential services in Buncombe and Madison County, Blue Ridge Homes Vocational Services in Buncombe County, and Mountain Opportunity Center vocational services in Madison and Mitchell Counties. We have always maintained the same standard of care for the clients we serve.

Our first residential clients were admitted to the Pisgah home on our Swannanoa campus in the summer of l988. By the fall of l988, we began admitting residential clients to our Mars Hill campus. By the fall of l989, all four homes on our Swannanoa campus and all four homes on our Mars Hill campus were fully occupied. In total, these campuses serve as home for 32 clients reach.

An additional home was added in the New Stock area of Weaverville in l997. This home was our first opportunity to provide residential services located in the heart of a community.

We have always provided Vocational Services to individuals who live in the group homes operated by Blue Ridge Homes. Over time, we have developed relationships with other providers and state and federal programs which has allowed us to expand our Vocational Services.

In 2000 we were able to assume operation of a vocational programs in Madison County and soon after a program in Mitchell County which allows us to serve 140 individuals daily in our residential and vocational programs. We now serve clients in both the ICF-IID and Innovations programs. As such, we will be able to respond to individuals’ need in our three county area. We anticipate many challenges in the not too distant future resulting from national health reform.

Blue Ridge Area Foundation has entered an affiliation agreement with Western North Carolina Group Homes for Autistic Persons, Inc. for the purpose of streamlining administrative functions.

Licensure and Accreditation
BRAF is licensed by the Division of Health Services Regulation (DHSR). All residential services are funded by Medicaid. 

BRAF is accredited by CARF.