Puzzle Pieces is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Owensboro, KY serving individuals 8 years and up, with intellectual disabilities.
Puzzle Pieces' mission is to provide a safe environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities and promote independence, life skills, community access and involvement, social interaction, communication, self-worth and build trusting relationships between clients, staff, and families.
Puzzle Pieces’ philosophy is not only to equip each person with individualized skills that enable them to become productive citizens, but also to do so in the midst of having access to the community and a community center to socially engage with peers while meeting their individualized goals. In this way, they are integrated into the daily life of the community.
The original passion behind Puzzle Pieces was to provide daily social opportunities within activities year round to our clients, while enhancing a support system to the working families raising their loved one with special needs. Puzzle Pieces’ vision came from understanding and recognizing a need in our community for individuals with intellectual disabilities to have high quality programming that is client-centered and enables them to become valued, respected, contributing members of society. With this simple goal in mind, Puzzle Pieces team has built a creative, powerful program.
Our main goal is to meet, through our services and programs, the needs of the clients we serve with a person-centered approach while incorporating a social atmosphere with opportunities to access the community. Individuals with intellectual disabilities are deserving of high quality programming that is client choice enabling them to become valued, respected, contributing members of society.
Our staff creates a non-demanding atmosphere that fosters opportunities for all of our members to flourish continuously through a customized approach and engages clients with positive encouragement and reinforcement. There is emphasis on making our clients feel accepted, develop self-confidence, self-worth, and feel like there is a purpose to each day. Our staff goes above and beyond to tap into their interest.
Our programming is designed to meet members where they are, with their abilities and goals in mind. We focus on developing skills that will contribute to a more engaged, active life with opportunities to access the community. Our community center's activities range from arts and crafts, community access, vocational jobs, social interaction time, community involvement and giving, and leisure time. Through our programs, we meet the needs of the clients we serve with a person-centered approach while incorporating a social atmosphere.
We continually reflect and develop our goals for the future and are expanding our services to meet the needs of the clients and families outside our center’s hours and provide care around the clock for those who may need and want that connection.
Puzzle Pieces serves individuals identified as having an intellectual disability, such as but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, multiple disabilities, mild mental disability, and chromosome disabilities. We serve individuals from age 8 to adults because we understand the importance of maintaining our programs’ activities through our clients’ lifetime. Puzzle Pieces will not limit services to individuals in a particular county, region, etc.
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Puzzle Pieces is located at 1512 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY 42301. We have over 12,000 sq. ft. and a full size gym! For those of you familiar with Owensboro, it has housed the Mary Kendall Home of Hope, Boy's Club and the YMCA. It was originally a house built in the late 1800's and is across the street from Owensboro Community & Technical College and we have a city bus stop right in front of the building.
A bit of History-This is the house where Puzzle Pieces is now and is the still the bones of our building!
Posted by David Edds in History of Owensboro. Facebook Page
"After 50 years the YMCA had outgrown their old downtown building, so in 1948 the organization purchased this large house at 1512 Frederica Street. It sat on a deep lot that could accommodate parking and expansion, which is exactly what they did five years later when a new $88,000 gymnasium was added to the back of the old building. In April of 1953, the new facilities were dedicated by the University of Kentucky football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant."
Puzzle Pieces has been a dream of Executive Director/Founder, Amanda Owen for many years. Mrs. Owen began to communicate her dream and collaborate with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce in the summer of 2011. Mrs. Owen recruited a Business Director, Kathy Hempel, (who has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy) and a Program Director, Kelly Harper who both share the same vision as Mrs. Owen. Since July 2011, with their help, Puzzle Pieces applied for and received their IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status, formed a 7 member Board of Directors, filed Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, established a Volunteer/Buddy Program, built a website, found a building and moved in, registered 97 families for Puzzle Pieces, and raised over $250,000.00 in fundraisers, donations and grants. Since that July we have had so many people to help us achieve our dream from our clients and their families to the community that has embrace us.
1512 Frederica St.
Owensboro, KY 42301