The ACT Blog Archive

Mark’s Opening Remarks August 2017

August 2, 2017

Dear Friends of ACT: Earlier in my career I’ll admit I had some big goals. And I was ready to work to achieve them. I thought then if I accomplished those goals (like CARF accreditation) I could just sit back … Continue reading

ACT Will Participate in the 2017 CoMoGives Campaign in December

July 31, 2017

During the last three years ACT has raised over $50,000 through CoMoGives for people with disabilities. Medical needs were met, lifelong memories were created, and first time experiences were made possible through this campaign. Funds from last year have continued … Continue reading

Lucky’s Welcomes Day Program Tour Group

Individuals attending ACT’s Day Program want to eat more healthfully. So they requested a visit to Lucky’s grocery store to learn what they could about better eating. The store provided an extensive tour during which they learned about Lucky’s produce, … Continue reading

ACT Shares Experiences of Change at APSE-MO Conference

ACT Executive Director Mark Hassemer, Directors Jessica Mahon and Craig Valone and Assistant Director Michelle Bell presented at the 2017 APSE-MO Summit, “Focusing on Transformation.” Their session on Day Two of the conference, “The Road to Change: A Transformation Story … Continue reading

STEP Graduate, Valuable Employee on MU Campus

July 5, 2017

Plaza 900 is the largest all-you-care-to-eat dining hall on MU campus. That’s something to brag about. They also have an amazing staff. Roman is proud to be among them. Roman is a Columbia Rock Bridge High School graduate. He was … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks July ’17

Dear Friends of ACT, I have a positive feeling lately of change, energy, and anticipation at ACT. I hope it’s just not me! I know it’s not. Certainly the construction in our building contributes to the feeling. A couple weeks … Continue reading

Household Items in High Demand in ACT’s Community Living Program

It is a harsh reality many of the individuals supported in ACT’s Community Living (CL) face, living month to month financially. Quality, affordable housing is the biggest ticket item people in the program need. The cost of living continues to … Continue reading

Working in Various Programs is Meaningful for Employees and Individuals Served

In an effort to offer a Meaningful Day for the individuals served at ACT, Career Services and Day Program began last fall sharing an employee, Danica Duensing. “It’s been fun to mix up the day with a new location and … Continue reading

STEP Graduates Fifth Class

May 30, 2017

“This is absolutely the best partnership we have,” Boone Hospital Center President Jim Sinek said of Seamless Transition through Enhanced Partnership (STEP) while addressing the graduation crowd. “We get some of the best people through this program.” The collaboration involving … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks June 2017

Dear Friends of ACT: Okay everyone. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. CARF was here last week, and now they’re gone. CARF International ( is an independent, nonprofit accreditation organization focused on advancing the quality of services … Continue reading

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