BCFR News & Stories

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Supported Living

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…

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Supported Living

Closing the Distance with Technology

John, 46, has been participating in the Supported Living program since 1989. He grew up in Columbia with a brother and a sister in a close-knit family…

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Life and Work Connections

Landscape Crew Grows Skills for the Workplace

The Life & Work Connections program offers on-the-job vocational skills training through the Landscape Crew to young adults aspiring to obtain community employment. This year, there were…

Support Coordination

Job Preparation—Two Different Journeys

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and was created to celebrate a diverse workforce when people with all abilities are included. Through individual planning, support coordinators…

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Agency News

Employee Spotlight: Don Merrifield

By Linda Reed Brown Nearly every BCFR staff person comes in contact with or communicates with Don in his position as the Agency’s Property and Facilities Manager….

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Agency News

The Transformation of 4632 Apple Tree Lane

By Laurie Ritter and Laura Cravens The building at 4632 Apple Tree Lane served as a location for residential services when first purchased by BCFR in 1991….

Supported Living

Celebrating Summer Together

For several years now, the staff and participants in the Supported Living program at Team 16 have been gathering together informally to share a meal and get…

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Life and Work Connections

Transition Network Summer Wrap-up

Transition Network, a special partnership with Columbia College, enables participants to attend classes taught by Life & Work Connections staff on the Columbia College campus. This summer…

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Support Coordination

Communicating Choices Through Technology

Commercial or custom designed therapeutic devices or equipment commonly referred to as “assistive technology” are used to increase capacity and minimize the functional limitations associated with a…