Employee Spotlight: Michael Gibson

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Employee Spotlight: Michael Gibson

By Linda Reed Brown Michael 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. Michael held the titles of Computer Consultant and Data Process Manager prior to 1991, when he became […]

Jim Joins a New Community

Jim is already enjoying his new living arrangements after moving into an independent supported living home. He and his mother and step-father moved to Missouri this summer from Illinois. They chose Columbia through a family recommendation. “My sister works at the University and had encouraged us to look into relocating to Columbia based on the […]

Brad Tries New Approach as “IPS” Rolls Out

In October, which coincidentally was National Disability Employment Awareness month, the agency 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 […]

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Laura is Learning to Drive

For many people, learning how to drive is a rite of passage on the road toward independence. Laura has wanted to work on the skills needed to drive for a long time. Krista Rowden, site manager at the apartment building in which Laura lives, says, “Laura and her planning team felt that this year it […]