Board Levy Funded Organizations

Each year, the Board receives taxpayer funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in Christian county. Providers that work with our individuals present requests to the Board for consideration annually. For some Providers, these funds maybe used as supporting grants for individuals to participate in services with little to no cost to families when other funding sources are exhausted. For other Providers, these funds maybe used to assist in providing services to our individuals, such as transportation to and from work or provide experiences that an individual may never experience anywhere else.

The Providers listed below have received funds for services for 2023.


Art Inspired Academy – Margaret Frye

            The goal is to provide an inclusive experience for individuals with and without disabilities to participate in creative arts programming including theater, music, dance and art. Participants will express themselves through artistic experiences while working on individualized goals to improve communication, motor skills, social skills, self-control and confidence.


ARC – Crowhaven Apartments – Clay McGranahan

           To support individuals with disabilities in directing their own lives as valued members of the community.


Champion Athletes – Susan Miles

Champion Athletes of the Ozarks serves children and adults with disabilities living in the Ozarks area. Through sports training and competition, we are building self-esteem, self-confidence, and social skills. We are creating a positive atmosphere and teaching decision-making skills, team skills, appropriate behaviors, and the feeling of success. Champion Athletes of the Ozarks also has a main focus on Life Skills. We are offering classes in reading, basic money, math, storm preparedness and a wellness and fitness program. All of these skills are necessary for every individual to be successful in work and school and to be a more productive citizen in our community.


Christian County Voice – Tara Ecklund & Misty West

A parent advocate group in Christian County that works to make a positive difference for the special needs’ community.


Christian County Enterprises – Carlene Steward, Director

To provide meaningful employment to persons with disabilities. To enhance the quality of life for the people we serve through vocational growth, experience, and community inclusion.


Citizens Helping C.C. w/ Developmental Disabilities – Ruth Spargo

            Funding Personal Care Assistance, Camperships and conferences for individuals and families in Christian County.


DCO – Marisa DeClue

The Developmental Center of the Ozarks serves infants, children, and adults who are developmentally disabled, developmentally delayed or physically disabled, as well as those who are not, through therapeutic, educational, habilitative and rehabilitative programs. DCO holds as its greatest responsibility to promote personal growth through teaching those skills necessary for all citizens of our community to lead full and productive lives.

Horses of Hope – Michele McColm

            Horses of Hope provides Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy for individuals with developmental disabilities in Christian County.

 Imagine Technical Institute – Nick Clinton-Elliott

Starting a regional school for the developmentally disabled and developing jobs for the kids graduating our public schools. 

MSU Bear Power – Dr. April Phillips

Funding will be disbursed to students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities who are enrolled in the Bear POWER program and reside in Christian County, Missouri to pay the required Bear POWER fees associated with the Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 semesters.

Nixa Nest Event – Karen McKnight

            A night of inclusive play with High School Athletes for all age students with special needs PreK – 12 th.


NOVA Center of the Ozarks – Cheryl Cassidy

Nova Center of the Ozarks, Inc., strives to make possible the potential for positive change in the quality of life for every individual with a developmental disability, regardless of the nature of that disability.


OATS Transportation – Renee Frazier

Providing transportation to individuals with developmental disabilities working at Christian County Enterprises, as well as the Christian County community.


1548 N. Commercial Rd.

Nixa, MO 65714

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