Moscow Mills, Mo. - Boone Center, Inc., a nonprofit that improves the lives of adults with disabilities through employment opportunities — recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its facility in Moscow Mills. 

The facility currently employs 44 adults and opened on May 16, 2011, with 21 charter employees — seven of which still work there today. 

“We are so proud of this this team and facility,” said BCI CEO Troy Compardo. “In its first decade, 124 people have experienced how working can positively affect their lives. What they do is important too, packaging and assembling products for national brands.”

In addition to jobs at its Moscow Mills facility, Lincoln County residents with disabilities may also choose BCI for employment services, vocational training and follow-along services in order to secure competitive employment in the community. 

“While our main facility is in St. Charles County, our employment services are not limited,” said BCI Skills Center Executive Director Todd Streff. “This year, we welcomed the first Skills Center students from Lincoln County. 

“After targeted training and soft skill development, they advance into full-time, competitive jobs with hourly wages starting as high as $16.”

CARF International has accredited all of BCI’s programs and services. This assures quality with a focus on the satisfaction of those served.

“We are committed to innovative employment opportunities for people with disabilities,” Compardo said. “Celebrating this milestone in Lincoln County reminds us how far we’ve come and how much more we can do to inspire and support these very able individuals.” Founded in 1959, BCI inspires and supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, challenging personal growth and development through a continuum of innovative employment opportunities. Headquartered in St. Peters, BCI currently employs more than 250 adults with disabilities under its organizational employment program and serves dozens more with employment services, vocational training and follow-along services under its competitive employment program and Skills Center. 

For more information, call (636) 875-5279, or visit http://www.boonecenter.com/.