Register Now for Work It

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Register Now for Work It

Through continued partnership with the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), this summer the Life & Work Connections program will offer free pre-employment transition services to public high school students age 16 and up. The program called “Work It: Teens in Transition” combines classroom learning with community outings, providing participants with an early start at job […]

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Employee Spotlight: Rachel Murphy

By Laurie Ritter and Natasha Grayson In October 2016, BCFR partnered with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to launch the Individual Placement & Support (IPS) program. IPS is an evidence-based program developed by Dartmouth College to assist individuals with mental illnesses gain employment in their communities. BCFR and VR are piloting Missouri’s first IPS program for people […]

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Inexpensive Ways to Get Fit

Exercising doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Did you know you don’t have to pay for a big gym membership to get in a good workout?  There are many free and reduced cost activities to stay active right here in Columbia. Columbia Parks and Recreation has many great resources including more than 75 parks to choose from (some […]

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Construction on Affordable Housing is Underway

Construction on two affordable housing apartment buildings is well underway and both buildings are scheduled for completion in September 2017. The agency will host Application Workshops for potential tenants the last week in June 2017 to begin the application process for the new apartments. Assistance will be available at the workshops to complete applications. The […]

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Advocacy in Action at the Missouri Capitol

In March, several individuals supported by the agency and some People First of Boone County members traveled to the capitol for Disability Rights Legislative Day. This year’s theme was “We Choose Inclusion,” and participants had the opportunity to express to legislators what that means to them personally. The day’s events began with a rally in […]