Partner Type

Disability Services

Description and Mission

Woodhaven supports adults with developmental disabilities. Our main focus is to help our individuals be active, accepted members of the community. We have been helping individuals with disabilities grow their skills, increase their independence, and make choices for their own lives since 1964. Our Community Living Program supports more than 100 men and women with disabilities in their own homes. Our Community Connections program provides opportunities for socializing, volunteering and community access.


Students can assist in two different areas; adaptive recreation and employment activities in our Community Connections Program (runs between 9AM-3PM), or by mentoring the individuals we support in their individual homes. Community Connections activities include bowling at Town and Country Lanes (Monday afternoons); Bingo at Broadway Christian Church (Wednesday mornings); Crafts (once or more per month in various locations); Community & Culture at the Columbia Art League (once per month on the 2nd Thursday), and various community outings and volunteer opportunities for our Individuals. Students who assist in the Community Connections activities will require availability between the hours of 9AM and 3PM. This opportunity allows students the chance to work with groups of our individuals in various community settings where the primary focus is adaptive recreation and volunteering. Woodhaven's "Mentor a Friend" program is also offered through Community Connections, however it is on a more one-on-one basis as students will have the opportunity to work with specific individuals in their home setting. Students will be able to assist staff in the home with daily activities and become more hands on in a direct support role (this is limited to routine tasks and activities that require NO First Aid, CPR, or CMA certification). Students will also be able to work more closely with individuals as a mentor and build lasting relationships.

Special emphasis and skills:

Customer Service, Adaptive Employment, Adaptive Recreation, Advocacy, Cultural & Social Assimilation, Adaptive Technology, Life Skills Training

Contact Information:

Liz Sensintaffar

1405 Hathman Place
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 876-7324
Phone 2:(573) 875-6181
Fax:(573) 876-7303



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.