Life & Work Connections

Josh handing food through the drive-thru window

Work Crew Experience Gives Josh the Advantage

Josh is a junior in high school and has started planning for what life will look like after high school graduation. He took part in the Teens in Transition program last summer—a partnership with the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and the Life & Work Connections program. Through Teens in Transition, Josh got an […]

Kara holds an apple at the salad bar.

IPS Works for Kara

Since October 2016, the agency has been piloting an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment model for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, in partnership with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). The model is an evidence-based best practice in supported employment for people with severe mental illness — and its principles are also working for […]

Alex holds a mop in a bucket.

Battle High Students Join Afternoon Work Crew

Boone County Family Resources Life & Work Connections program offers paid job training to help youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain skills for their future. Participants work on either a summer landscape crew or a year-round janitorial crew to build confidence and develop skills for future jobs, such as being on time, communication, teamwork, […]

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Empowering High School Students Through Project STIR

STIR stands for Steps Towards Independence and Responsibility — a curriculum intended to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This fall, through a partnership among Columbia Public Schools, BCFR, and People First, Project STIR* is offered weekly at Rock Bridge and Hickman High Schools, after the regular school day. A total of nine students […]

Isaac bags groceries at Lucky’s.

Isaac Feels “Lucky” in His New Job

In October, we’re not only celebrating National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, but also the one-year anniversary of the Individual Placement & Support (IPS) program. The supported employment pilot program with Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has resulted in competitive employment outcomes for 11 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The evidence-based program helps put people interested […]