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Our clients love it when they get the opportunity to give back to our community. When those opportunities also happen to teach them job skills, it’s even more exciting. For the last several years, clients from our residences have been volunteering behind the scenes at the Mayfest, Octoberfest and Downtown Concert Series in downtown Waterloo. They empty trash...

It’s 2 a.m. and the sound of the baby crying startles you awake. With a groan of despair, you roll over in bed and stare at the white bassinet beside you. Tiny fists punch the air and little legs kick frantically as your daughter wails in infant fury. Her cries get louder but you can’t seem to...

The board of directors of Human Support Services (HSS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving Monroe County, has selected Anne King to succeed longtime Executive Director Robert J. Cole when he retires in September. King, a licensed clinical social worker, is currently serving as the nonprofit’s chief program officer. ​​ She​ will become the first female to serve as executive...

HSS therapist Robyn Ramsey is currently leading an evening parenting class for families of Kindergarten-8th grade children.  The program uses the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) curriculum and seeks to help parents learn positive ways to respond to kids, how to respond to difficult behaviors and to effectively use discipline and consequences.  The group...

An important part of HSS services is our supportive housing program for adults with disabilities.  HSS owns and operates nine apartment buildings in Waterloo and Columbia with a total of 60 apartment units and has two group homes in Hecker that can each serve four adults. This fall several HSS staff members came up with an...

Last year our year-end community appeal was for support so HSS could provide several community education programs. Education programs are usually not reimbursable from health insurance and since we did not want to have to charge fees to individuals that wanted to attend the programs, community funding was sought. Thankfully, we were successful in our appeal...

Each year Special Olympics draws competitors from throughout Illinois for an uplifting track and field competition in the summer and a bowling competition in the fall. Special Olympics is a much anticipated event for many of the adults with intellectual disabilities that participate in the HSS Adult Day Training Program or who reside in our...

One of our agency’s best known programs is our sheltered workshop for adults with disabilities. Operating as part of our Adult Day Services program, the workshop provides employment and vocational training to 50-60 adults every week from Monday through Friday. At the workshop our client workers are provided with the opportunity to earn a real...

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is in the midst of its 2016 fundraising campaign. Human Support Services has been a United Way-funded agency since 1985 and this year will receive $236,000 in funding to support our programs. United Way membership is critical to this organization because it means HSS has a dependable and...