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New Supported Employment Program Begins

Life & Work Connections Partners with Vocational Rehabilitation

Brad Tries New Approach as “IPS” Rolls OutBCFR formally partnered with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to pilot an evidence-based supported employment program commonly called “IPS.” The Individual Placement and Support program has at its core a “zero exclusion” principle — meaning everyone who wants a competitive job is eligible, and the job search is immediately “on.” Read more...

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Let's Get Ready to Plunge!

BCFR Staff Prepare to Go Polar

BCFR Gets Ready to Take the PlungeFor many years, BCFR has entered a team in the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Missouri.  Every winter, some brave and dedicated staff bear the icy water and arctic temperatures to raise money for Special Olympics Missouri. Similar events are held throughout the state and the country. Read more...

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Another Holiday Party in the Books

New Location Means More Room for Fun

Another Successful Holiday Party in the BooksIn December, Boone County Family Resources celebrated with persons served and their families and friends at the annual agency holiday party. This year BCFR broke tradition and sought a new space for the popular event. Read More...

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BCFR Focuses on Health

Wellness Initiative Launched this Fall

HealthMatters Joins Forces with Fitness AchieversA 12-week long curriculum from the HealthMatters Missouri program was used to bring together persons served to promote physical activity and healthy eating habits. This was a natural fit for the Life & Work Connections Transition Network Fitness Achievers class to join in on this initiative. Read more...

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It's Happening, and We Can Stop It

Help Stop Abuse of People with Disabilities

It’s Happening, and We Can Stop ItStatistics show that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are victimized at rates much higher than others in the general public. The Arc of Missouri, an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting lives of dignity and inclusion for people with I/DD, recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of the problem. Read more...

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Employee Spotlight: Michael Gibson

Long-time Agency Employee Retires

Employee Spotlight: Michael GibsonMichael Gibson worked with BCFR for 33 years and 9 months before his retirement on October 31, 2016, so he is this edition’s Employee Spotlight as we honor his many years of dedicated service. Read more...

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