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AARP - SCSEP (covering Cooper County)
11679 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63033

Working an average of 20 hours a week, older job seekers are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage and are compensated by SCSEP directly. The job seekers are placed in a wide variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities like day care centers, senior centers, schools and hospitals. This on-the-job training experience can then be used as a bridge to find employment opportunities outside of the program.

Bethel-Purim Ministries
1640 Radio Hill Rd., Boonville, MO 65233
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Services: food pantry, Hope Chest (office attire), Volunteer Agency Network, Job services,
restoration workshops and counseling, GED/scholastic support, family support classes on money
Fee: None

Central Missouri Community Action- Foster Grandparents Program for Cooper County
807 North Providence, Columbia MO 65203
573-443-8706 ext 1131

The Foster Grandparent Program provides an opportunity for senior men and women to interact with children through active involvement at locations such as non-profit daycare centers, Head Start, state-supported facilities, public and private schools and home settings. The "Grandparents" serve youth with exceptional and special needs.
Eligibility: Men and women, 55 years of age and over. Retired, no longer in the work force. Capable to serve assigned children on a personal and regular basis. Physically able, as determined by a required physical examination, prior to the assignment and annually thereafter. Willing to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours a week. Willing to accept supervision as needed.  Stipend provided.

Indeed Job Search for Cooper County

Job Corps
800-733- JOBS (5627)

Seeks income-eligible young people ages 16-24 train for a successful career and advance their education. Fee: no cost.

Job Point (also serving Cooper County)
400 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201 (573)474-8560

Hours: 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday
Services: Career planning and readiness training; skills training in health related occupations (Certified Nursing Assistant), office technology, retail sales, and construction trades (carpentry, highway/heavy, heating, ventilation and air conditioning); job placement and support; supported employment; YouthBuild program; development of affordable housing.

MERS Goodwill Industries
601 Business Loop 70, Suite 214B, Columbia, MO 65203

Services: Job readiness training, job search assistance, career exploration assessment, family development advocates, financial assistance for approved career and technical training programs, on the job training, supplies for job searching and job retention, clothes closet.
Eligibility:  Families on TANF

Missouri Job Center 
800 Cherry St., Columbia, MO 65201
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services: Job placement assistance, employer services, resume preparation, Unemployment
Insurance filing information, Missouri reentry process, Employment Services for Veterans
Fee: No charge
Eligibility: At least 14 years of age and legally able to work in the United States.  Veterans should ask for the Veteran Representative.

Missouri State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
900 W. Nifong, Suite 210, Columbia, MO 65203-4467
573-441-6327; Toll Free: 1-877-222-8961; Fax: 573-884-5250
Send Contact Questions to: Louis Gatewood, District Supervisor

Services: Vocational rehabilitation services, guidance, evaluation, job training and placement,
assistance with accommodations, other services as needed for a positive employment outcome
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Physical or mental impediment/disability which makes it difficult to obtain

Missouri Women's Business Center
800 N. Providence, Ste. 210, Columbia, MO 65203

The Missouri Women’s Business Center is a catalyst for economic development in our community by providing resources, support, and networks for women seeking to start or grow their own businesses. Our offerings include classes, workshops, networking opportunities, individualized business counseling, and microlending. We serve eight counties: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage as a program of Central Missouri Community Action.

MORE Group (Missouri Rehabilition and Employment Group) 
1900 N. Providence Rd. Ste. 327, Columbia, MO 65202
573-499-1220    fax: 573-499-1227

This agency promotes individualized, quality services, resulting in successful relationships between persons with disabilities and businesses. MORE Group, operating as a private community rehabilitation provider, shall provide 1) access and delivery of services to persons with disabilities and other employment barriers and 2) employment, compensation be it rate of pay or fringe benefits, job-related training, career advancement, demotion, transfer, and other conditions of employment to eligible or qualified individuals.

Skill Up Program
Missouri Dept of Social Services - Family Support Division
409 High Street, Boonville, MO 65233
660-882-5311, 855-373-4636 Automated line: 800-392-1261   Fax: 660-882-8940
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

The SkillUP program offers Food Stamp recipients in Missouri the opportunity to gain skills, training or work experience. The SkillUP Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
SkillUP is offered at no cost to the participant and helps promote employability and self-sufficiency. SkillUP is offered through Job Centers, the University of Missouri and some Community Colleges in the Springfield and Kansas City areas.

Unlimited Opportunities
1620 West Ashley Rd., PO Box 239, Boonville, MO 65233
660-882-5576  or  877-582-5576   Fax: 660- 882-7483

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00
Services: Sheltered workshop, vocational training and development, school to work program,
and supported employment.
Eligibility: Disabled members of Cooper and Howard counties. Services provided as funding is
Fee: None

Welcome Home Inc. (Veterans)
2120 Bus. Loop 70E, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 443-8001  Resident's phone (573) 449-9041   Fax: (573) 449-5080
Hours: Office: 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. (M-F)- Hours vary depending on the director’s schedule

Services: Food, shelter, case management, Rapid Rehousing, VETS work employment services, transitional housing, crisis intervention and emergency assistance. 
Eligibility: Any homeless veteran may apply
Fee: none