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The Center opens new social enterprise: Destination Café

On November 13, the Center celebrated the grand opening of our newest social enterprise: Destination Café. Over 60 people attended the celebration, including staff, family, friends and business partners. Attendees enjoyed a buffet of heavy appetizers and desserts and joined in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Destination Café will help further the Center’s mission of...
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McAlister’s Deli: a valued employer partner

McAlister’s Deli is one of the Center’s best partners in helping people with disabilities receive vocational training and long-term jobs. Since 2015, 11 consumers of the Center have worked or are now working at one of nine area locations. It all started when our Site Coordinator, Darcell Fleeman, placed a consumer for vocational…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Riordan

Mark Riordan has served on the Center’s board of directors for 14 years and recently stepped down as president of the board. Mark’s leadership has guided the Center through 10 years of remarkable growth – from starting the Midwest Adult Autism Program (MAAP) to the successful capital campaign to raise funds for the…

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Program director honored by Special School District

Heather Cowan, the Center’s Director of Talent Connect, was recognized by Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) as a 2019 Special Ambassador Award winner. The Special Ambassador Award is the highest recognition given by SSD and is presented to organizations and community members who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to SSD students…

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Successful consumer honored by Brain Injury Association

At the recent Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) annual awards celebration, Center consumer Richard Wessbecher was honored with the “Service Excellence Award – Community Service.” This award recognizes an individual or organization for exceptional service within the brain injury community. In 2002, Richard suffered massive brain injuries when he was hit by a car…

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Teamwork, persistence pay off in Kelby’s job search

Kelby, age 29, is a Center client who lives with cerebral palsy. He began his employment journey as sales associate in Wags in a Bag, building his customer service skills and making steps towards his next career path. He came to our pre-employment program with reasonable vocational goals of becoming a front desk attendant…

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New agency van gives participants access to community

In December 2017, the Center purchased a new vehicle with a grant from MoDOT and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The minivan is equipped with a ramp for wheelchair accessibility, can transport up to six people at a time and allows for our participants to have greater access to the community. Participants in…

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