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Construction Has Begun

BCFR Broke Ground on Special Needs Affordable Housing

Boone County Special Needs Affordable Housing Breaks GroundIn late September, Boone County Family Resources celebrated the start of construction for two apartment buildings in Central and Southwest Columbia providing 28 new affordable apartments for people with disabilities who can live on their own or with minimal support. The apartments expand availability of affordable, accessible, energy-efficient housing. Read more...

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Teens in Transition Launches

New Program Aimed at Teens Considering Employment

Work It! — Teens in Transition Summer 2016Through partnership with the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), the Life & Work Connections program this summer offered pre-employment transition services to high school students who see work in their futures. The program we call “Work It” combines classroom learning with community outings, providing participants with an early start at job preparation and exploration. Read more...

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Super Sibs & Kovar Awards

Do you know someone who has made a big difference?

Do You Know Someone Who Makes a Difference?Special people in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities are recognized annually at the agency’s Holiday Party in December. We are seeking your nominations for the Super Sib Award and the Marie Kovar “One Who Made a Difference” Award. Read more...

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Employee Spotlight: Don Merrifield

Property & Facility Manager

Employee Spotlight: Don MerrifieldNearly every BCFR staff person comes in contact with or communicates with Don in his position as the Agency’s Property and Facilities Manager. At any given time, Don may be painting, answering a phone call, and arranging for carpet cleaning, vehicle towing, roof repair, kitchen and bath cabinet installation, moving furniture, giving DL Gladbach directions about his next task, helping with set-up for Agency events and any of the myriad other tasks that catch his attention. Read more...

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The Transformation of 4632 Apple Tree Lane

Laurie shares memories of living in the building

The Transformation of 4632 Apple Tree LaneThe building at 4632 Apple Tree Lane served as a location for residential services when first purchased by BCFR in 1991. Some people currently in BCFR’s Supported Living program, including Laurie Ritter, lived there. More recently, the 4-unit, 8 bedroom building has served as rental housing for persons with developmental disabilities. Read more...

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