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Our History

Brandon’s House Counseling Center, Inc. opened on October 18, 1993. The inspiration for Brandon’s House came from two young men.

While Susan Parr was completing requirements for her Master’s degree in counseling, she worked with a teenage boy who had seen his father murder his mother. He was personable, bright, funny, and full of promise – and he needed more than the few sessions paid for by the state. He needed someone to walk beside him for a long time so that he could learn to trust, so that he could begin to heal.

Mrs. Parr was required to write a proposal to complete her degree, and she proposed that her church, DePauw Memorial United Methodist Church, remodel the old home behind the church to create a counseling center for teenagers, a place where teenagers could come for help for as long as they needed to do so without ever having to pay.  The services would be free.

While Mrs. Parr was completing the proposal, Brandon Dukes, a 17-year-old member of her church, died unexpectedly from a heart attack. His parents, Larry and Sharon Dukes, graciously allowed us to name our counseling center after their son. Both boys would probably be astonished to see what they have inspired.

Members of the church approved the proposal and began remodeling the old house in July of 1993.  Woodwork was stripped, walls came down, and trash and garbage went out!  A beautiful wooden staircase was refinished step by step, spindle by spindle, by Wanda Parr, secretary at the church.  Volunteers came almost every evening after work, and by October, just three months later, Brandon’s House was remodeled enough to open the doors for teenagers to begin coming for help.

Clients came slowly at first, but as word got out, not only that free counseling was available but also that there was a place that dealt with the special needs of adolescents, the numbers of teens and families coming for help grew. Brandon’s House typically has to resort to a waiting list now by the middle of every school year.

All counseling services provided at Brandon’s House are offered by counselors having a minimum of a Master’s degree in counseling or a related field.  There are currently 6 Master's level counselors on our staff..  Call 812-949-2499 to make an appointment.

In the twenty-four  years we have been open, we have helped more than 3800 families.  With financial support from our community, we have given away more than $2,400,000 worth of counseling services.

We believe that we are making a difference, one teen at a time. Thank you for being a part of that difference.


Kathleen Randelia, MA, LMHC


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