Great Circle and Ozark Family Resource Agency Merger

Great Circle and Ozark Family Resource Agency Merger

What is happening?

Ozark Family Resource Agency has merged with Great Circle, effective November 16.

What is Great Circle?
Great Circle is a recognized behavioral health care leader, providing services through managed care, accredited education and trauma-informed therapies across Missouri. It employs more than 1,400 and is on target to serve more than 32,000 children, individuals and family members in 2017.

Great Circle provides services from 20 locations in Missouri, including five campuses in Columbia, Marshall, St. James, St. Louis and Springfield, multiple community-based offices, a 1,200-acre ranch in Steelville providing experiential and adventure therapy, and the newest locations in Doniphan and Poplar Bluff. Great Circle also partners with 100 Missouri school districts to provide specialized education services on its campuses.

Great Circle originally was formed following the merger of Boys & Girls Town of Missouri and Edgewood Children’s Center in 2009. The name Great Circle symbolizes the ongoing journey to grow new partnerships and programs, and reshape vulnerable lives through a community of partners, teachers and leaders that strengthen families and give children confidence to create brighter futures.

What is Ozark Family Resource Agency?
Ozark Family Resource Agency was formed in 2002 as Ripley County Family Resource Center on the vision and faith of local social worker Diane Silman. It quickly grew from two programs in Doniphan to serving seven counties, which also prompted a name change in 2008 to better fit its mission. OFRA provides emergency shelter and other child and family-focused services in times of crisis in Butler, Carter, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon and Wayne counties. It also operates Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy Center, one of only 16 child assessment centers in the state.

Why are these agencies merging?
Great Circle and Ozark Family Resource Agency have complementary missions and share a passion and dedication to providing care and support to children and families in Missouri.  Adding OFRA to the Great Circle family strengthens the ability to better serve OFRA’s current clients and expand behavioral health programming to reach more children and families in southeast Missouri.

Will the merger involve a name change?
Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy Center will retain its name, as required by state law. OFRA’s other facilities will incorporate Great Circle’s name.

How long will integration of OFRA into Great Circle take?
The process has already begun. The boards and staff of both organizations are working together closely to ensure a smooth transition at both the leadership and client level. For families currently receiving services from OFRA there should be little disruption.

Great Circle also will form a regional advisory council soon, and anticipates some current OFRA board members, donors and staff will become valued members of this group, sharing their knowledge and understanding about the needs in southeast Missouri.