Family Strength

It’s at the heart of everything we do.

Family Strength

At Great Circle, we believe that when children and families are stronger, communities are stronger. We believe that with the right tools and support, families can not only be healthy and loving, but they can thrive and help the people around them thrive as well. So that is our goal: to provide quality behavioral health care that helps families navigate the tougher paths in life and become happier and stronger. Together.

Rolling Down the Road to a Great Vacation – or Bust!

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Enhance the experience over the destination, and encourage your child to retell what the vacation meant to them. You’ll also be helping to build their storytelling and communication skills.

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Up ahead – vacation memories for everyone

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Everyone needs a break during a road trip. By planning your stops along the way, you just might find some creative ways to burn off energy and refuel.

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Stop the car – I want to get out!

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Mealtimes routines and healthy snacks are important, but there are also ways to enjoy special treats on vacation without slowing you down.

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Families: Properly fuel your engines

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There are lots of ways to help children deal with the close quarters during a road trip, and it’s more than just “I Spy” and “Car Bingo.”

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Can the backseat be fun?

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Try these tips to help the kids transition from one enjoyable activity to the next – all it takes is a little pre-planning and perhaps a deck of cards.

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Shifting gears? Don’t fall flat.

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Meltdowns will happen, but there are ways to spot the problems before they cause a complete engine failure.

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Reading the warning lights

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When the whole family in supporting one another during the trip, it helps smooth out the bumps in the road – and that makes the vacation better for everyone.

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Do you need help with the luggage?

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Family Strength PDFs

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Family Strength Videos

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Great Circle is the largest provider of family support, mental health and behavioral health services in Missouri

Click on each area of the circle to learn more about how Great Circle helps strengthen families.

Faces of the Circle & Voices of the Circle

Scroll through these inspirational videos and audio messages, below, from Great Circle staff, families & supporters to discover more about family strength. New messages are added weekly.

Great Circle is the largest provider of family support, mental health and behavioral health services in Missouri

Click on each area below to learn more about how Great Circle helps strengthen families

Faces of the Circle & Voices of the Circle

Scroll through these inspirational videos and audio messages, below, from Great Circle staff, families & supporters to discover more about family strength. New messages are added weekly.

Great Circle is the largest provider of family support, mental health and behavioral health services in Missouri

Click on each area of the circle to learn more about how Great Circle helps strengthen families.

Faces of the Circle & Voices of the Circle

Scroll through these inspirational videos and audio messages, below, from Great Circle staff, families & supporters to discover more about family strength. New messages are added weekly.

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Watch President and CEO Vince Hillyer share how Great Circle helps families.

“There is no problem too small or too large. We encourage families to take the first step. Make the call.”

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Watch President and CEO Vince Hillyer share how Great Circle helps families.

“There is no problem too small or too large. We encourage families to take the first step. Make the call.”

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Watch President and CEO Vince Hillyer share how Great Circle helps families.

“There is no problem too small or too large. We encourage families to take the first step. Make the call.”

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Autism Services

Studies show that parents with a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience more stress than other families.

Great Circle offers autism respite programs that give parents a break, while giving kids a structured and safe environment. Take advantage of these programs.

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Parental Stress

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Faces of the Circle

Educating & strengthening central Missouri kids is her passion.

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Stephanie Shumpert-Hardin

Director of Education, Columbia

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Faces of the Circle

Stephanie Shumpert-Hardin

Director of Education, Columbia

Educating & strengthening central Missouri kids is her passion.

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Faces of the Circle

Making families stronger in western Missouri

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Mark Leavell

Director of Home and Community-Based Services, Kansas City

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Mark Leavell

Director of Home and Community-Based Services, Kansas City

Making families stronger in western Missouri

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Voices of the Circle

Champion for autism shares open letter written to support parents

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Ben Rayle

Teacher’s Assistant,
St. Louis

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Voices of the Circle

Ben Rayle

Teacher’s Assistant, St. Louis

Champion for autism shares open letter written to support parents

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Share Your Family Strength

How do you celebrate your family strength?
Show us, tell us your stories, share your strength.

Find Support to Strengthen Your Family

Reach out for help when you, your child or family needs help or is in crisis – it’s a sign of strength. Great Circle has resources and compassionate services that can help make your family stronger.

 

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Tell Your Story

Upload your own video or photos, or send your Family Strength or Great Circle stories. Use #MOFamilyStrength to share on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Five Ways You Can Help

1. Share your strength - Tell a friend in need about Great Circle’s services to help them find the path to a better future.
2. Join the Circle – Learn ways to strengthen your family. Like/Follow us on Facebook. You can even share your own story.
3. Participate in the Circle – Find out about local events, fundraisers and #MOFamilyStrength opportunities
4. Support Great Circle – Donate now to help strengthen other families
5. Volunteer at Great Circle!