Boone County Family Resources

Partner Type

Disability Services

Description and Mission

We serve persons of all ages and income levels with a diagnosed developmental disability who reside in Boone County.

Each of us is special, with differing values, abilities and needs. Although different, we all value the opportunity to belong, reach our goals and actively participate in our community. Because each person served is unique, we assist with creating an individualized plan including agency services and supports – a plan to thrive in the community, connect with resources and achieve personal goals.

Services include:

Our mission is to effectively and efficiently use agency and other available resources to enable Boone County residents with developmental disabilities to thrive in the community, connect with others and achieve their personal goals. We currently serve more than 1,600 people in Boone County.


Help someone thrive in the community. In our residential supported living program, needs vary by semester, but students may be asked to provide companionship to some people participating in the program such as going on walks in the community, making scrapbooks, going to the library or attending community events together. You could make a difference in someone else's life by just being a friend.

Connect with peers who have developmental disabilities. Through our Life & Work Connections Program, students have opportunities to serve as mentors to youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in classes designed to teach participants about apartment planning, health and wellness, employment skills and more. Share your experiences and knowledge with people who are working toward goals of living on their own, improving their health and getting a job in the community. From an organizational administrative point of view, there are opportunities for students to assist with document management, general office work, inventory management, marketing, social media, graphic design, event planning and more. Students will also have an opportunity to gain hours toward their requirement by volunteering at our agency's annual picnic in September or at our holiday party in December.

Special emphasis and skills:

Reading Proficiency, Child Enrichment Activities, Client Counseling, Educational Counseling, Event Planning, Adaptive Art, Adaptive Employment, Adaptive Recreation, Math Proficiency, Program Development, Cultural & Social Assimilation, Adaptive Technology, Life Skills Training

Contact Information:

Amy Parris

1209 E Walnut Street
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 874-1995 x112


How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.