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Piles of toys on the floor for Toys for Tots

Early Head Start Participates in Toys for Tots

Christmas can be a hard time of year for many but luckily the Center for Human Services Early Head Start (EHS) gets to participate in the Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots provides each family with gifts for the children in our program and their siblings. This year was especially hard, so the donations …

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The Payne twins playing.

Meet the Payne Twins

Meet 11-month-old twins Liam & Bennett Payne who were born unexpectedly in December 2019 at 27 weeks. They were 13 weeks premature, and each weighed only 2lbs 3oz. Parents Lauren and Nick spent 139 days with the boys in the NICU. Once both boys were released, they were signed up for MO First Steps through …

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CHS Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This October we celebrate the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness (NDEAM) Month. This month is so important because it reminds us to take a moment to celebrate the successes of individuals with disabilities that provide an essential workforce in each of our communities. In the Employment Services Department at the Center for Human Services, …

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14 month old Averyana

Averyana Hostetter

Averyana is an active 14-month-old little girl with an infectious smile. At 15 weeks pregnant, Averyana’s mother Brittany’s blood test indicated a concern for neural tube defect, and at 18 weeks was then confirmed on ultrasound. Averyana was born full-term and weighed six pounds. She was in the NICU for 3 weeks, went home, then …

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A jungle gym and slide on the playground

Sweet Springs Fun for All Playground

The grand opening of the Sweet Springs Fun For All Playground was held on Saturday, July 18th in Saline County. SB40 Board members, representatives from the City of Sweet Springs, representatives from the Sweet Springs Park Board and representatives from the Playground Committee and members of the community spent time enjoying the brand new playground on …

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Two year old Lucille Beaman and her therapist.

Lucy’s Story

Meet two-year-old Lucille Beaman, affectionately referred to as Lucy, after comedy icon and America’s favorite redhead, Lucille Ball.  Though a brunette, Lucy’s sweet lovable personality and contagious smile cannot be mistaken as they are definitely two of her biggest attributes. The day prior to Lucy’ birth, her parents John and Deborah Beaman, were advised there …

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A concentrated girl working on her computer

How to Run for Office with a Disability

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in four people in the US has a disability? That’s a staggering portion, yet we do not see those figures represented in our elected officials. For centuries, people with disabilities have been left out of conversations about how society should work. As a …

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Technology Provides Support for Employment Services

In late March, all of us were faced with a reality the likes of which none of us had experienced and were forced to find our way in a new reality. For the Center for Human Services (CHS) Employment Services Department, we had to quickly shift the way in which we supported our individuals so …

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Chris and Dylan worked together to make homemade pepperoni pizza on the grill

Good Times & Making Memories

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19 we have all discovered the heroes out there that are risking their own health to keep us going; the nurses, doctors, food workers, truck drivers, manufacturers, and front-line staff. One of the goals of the Center for Human Services (CHS) front-line direct care staff is to get the people …

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Noah Nanneman

Noah Nanneman’s Story

Noah Nanneman’s journey with the Center for Human Services (CHS) started in 2017 after he graduated high school and wanted to gain employment. Through CHS Noah started receiving Employment Supports. His Service Coordinator, Debra Hope and Employment Specialist, Lance Dorrell helped him look for a job. After some time searching, he found a job that …

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