The ACT Blog Archive

June ’16 Tip from Tara: “The Talk”

June 2, 2016

I think it is safe to say that most parents thinking about having “the talk” with their children who our entering puberty meet this task feeling excited or completely confident. Most parents I know feel a great deal of anxiety just … Continue reading

Three Men in Community Living Take First Vacation

Roommates Kelly, Gary and Derrick headed north in April with Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Shelly Gardner and Jason Due to Chicago. Without a doubt, they had the time of their lives. A long list of first time experiences was checked … Continue reading

Marks Opening Remarks June 2016

June 1, 2016

Dear Friends of ACT: Unfortunately, high employment turnover and low pay are hallmarks of our business. Most of our funding as a service provider comes from Medicaid. Therefore, we have no ability to negotiate the rates at which we recover … Continue reading

2016 Tigers on the Prowl

May 27, 2016

ACT is one of ten charities picked to be involved in 2016 Tigers on the Prowl!  We are thrilled about this opportunity. We have partnered with Moresource and local artist Gabe Fennel, making our Tiger Team! Look for Our Tiger! The … Continue reading

ACT Sells Twenty Six-Year-Old Business to AMVAC

Twenty-six years in the recycling business recently came to an end with great hope and a few tears. In early May, American Military Veterans Assistance Corporation (AMVAC) took possession of ACT’s recycling program, formerly called ACT Works. “We are thrilled … Continue reading

Clarissa Collier Promoted to Day Program Supervisor

The decision to promote Clarissa Collier to the Day Program’s Purple Team Supervisor was an easy one. “She was selected because of her experience, knowledge of the Department, enthusiasm, and work ethic,” says Day Program Manager Michelle Bell. Collier recently … Continue reading

STEP Graduates Its Fifth Class

Each year in August we welcome another group of career-driven high school students into Seamless Transition through Enhanced Partnership (STEP). In May, we celebrate their graduation from the Program. On May 12, five seniors from Columbia high schools gathered with … Continue reading

Gov. Nixon Signs Budget Making Historic Investments in Mental Health Services

May 6, 2016

FY2017 budget answers the Governor’s call to increase funding for providers, keep waiting list for in-home services at zero. Jackson County, MO – Gov. Jay Nixon joined advocates and caregivers at Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County – eitas (empowering … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks May 2016

April 29, 2016

Dear Friends of ACT, If you read this newsletter with any regularity, you know that change is a common theme. Here we go again. Anticipating a special visit to our ACT offices this week, a few of my colleagues and … Continue reading

Cash Saver Hires Through ACS and Looking For Another Perfect Fit

April 28, 2016

Not long after the Cash Saver grocery store chain opened in Columbia, ACT Career Services (ACS) Career Specialist Dustin Murray knew James would be a perfect fit for the business. He approached David Ratliff, Cash Saver’s District Supervisor about working … Continue reading

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