Benchmark Human Services’ development began in 1957 when a community volunteer committee, which would ultimately become the United Way of Allen County (Indiana), launched a study about providing work-related services for individuals with disabilities. From that study, an organization was founded in 1960 that would later become known as Anthony Wayne Services (AWS). The organization was known as AWS until 2010, when it launched Benchmark Human Services to take the AWS model of services and expertise to new program and geographic areas. Because of Benchmark’s robust growth, AWS took on the Benchmark name and became known as AWS/Benchmark Human Services. On January 1, 2015, AWS/Benchmark officially became Benchmark Human Services.
Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Benchmark serves individuals through the life cycle, from infancy to elder years. Programs support people at work, at home, and in the community through residential, employment, social, therapeutic, crisis response, and day services. We specialize in serving people with intense medical needs and high behaviors, including those with forensic backgrounds. Benchmark extends this expertise as a consultant for state governments and private organizations in evaluating facilities, systems development, staff training, and numerous other areas.
The 3,400+ Benchmark employees serve more than 8,500 children and adults with disabilities and/or mental illness throughout the United States.