People Empowering People

For Individuals in Western Arkansas With Developmental & Related Disabilities

Welcome to Bost.

We are a community-based, not-for-profit agency providing services for individuals in Western Arkansas who have mental & developmental disabilities & related conditions.

We’re making
a big difference.

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“From a tiny acorn grows a mighty oak.”

Dr. Roger Bost, Founder

You can help us expand our reach.

Every donation helps us to maximize the quality of life for individuals with disabilities as well as their families.

Experience a truly rewarding career.

Our people tell the story.

The Bost community is made up of men, women, parents, children, workers & staff, all with a common mission: To empower.

Meet Maggie, Long Term Employee

Maggie Gann, Human Resources Question:  How long have you been with Bost? 30 Years Question:  How did you first get involved with Bost, and what sparked that interest? I saw an ad in the newspaper, it didn't really say much about Bost so I did some delving, always...

WHY RELATIONAL CONNECTION IS SO IMPORTANT DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

April 13, 2020 9:00 am Published by Michael Stallard Loneliness May Exacerbate the Negative Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic Over recent weeks many nations have advocated or mandated measures to increase the physical distance between individuals, deemed necessary so...

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness Month

Getting an awareness month is no easy task. It takes many years of momentum from grassroots groups to catch the eye of major organizations and governments to secure such a proclamation. It’s hard work, but the power to reach and teach the public is well worth it....

Bost Employees, Bost Benefits

Insurance benefits you elect could be one of the biggest financial decisions you make in a year and only you know what’s right for you and your family.  Plans, premiums and supplemental options could change as well as your life circumstances and that’s why you need to...

Jeanne Hill – Long Term Employee

Question:  How long have you been with Bost? 20 years Question:  How did you first get involved with Bost, and what sparked that interest? I answered an ad in the newspaper for clerical work.  During my interview, I toured the Foster Building and saw all the work...

Adult Development Services

The Bost Adult Day and Work Development Center, located in the Marilyn Foster Vocational Complex at 7701 South Zero Street in Fort Smith and 415 South 6th Street in Dardanelle, provides a variety of learning opportunities for people with developmental disabilities....

Mental Health & Coronavirus Disease 2019

Stress and Coping: The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and...

Pets and Mental Health

The bonds between humans and animals are powerful. And the positive correlation between pets and mental health is undeniable. According to a 2015 Harris poll, 95 percent of pet owners think of their animal as a member of the family. And that’s true no matter how old...

Susan Weaver – Long Term Employee!

Question:  How long have you been with Bost? 22 years Question:  How did you first get involved with Bost, and what sparked that interest? I was first hired as a secretary for the Waiver Services department.  Office Administration was the field of study I was doing at...

Thank you to our Grape Escapes Sponsors!

We would like to thank the following for their partnerships, participation, and support. We could not put on Grape Escapes without them! Balthazar Partner - BKD Salmanazar Partners - BHC Insurance, Little Shaneyfelt Marshall & Co, First National Bank of Fort...

How to Handle Holidays After a Death in the Family, by Rachel Ehmke

Grief can make special days harder When you’ve lost someone you love, the year that follows is inevitably a year of firsts without that person. Celebrations like the first Thanksgiving, birthday or Mother’s Day without someone who played a major role in your and your...

Bost C.A.R.E.S. Offers Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of treatment that helps children and families to express their emotions, improve their communication, and solve problems. It helps children to make sense of difficult experiences and deal with psychological and emotional distress through play....

Bost 2018 Employee Survey Results

To:  All Bost EmployeesFrom:  Katie Raines, Executive DirectorRe:  Summary of 2018 Employee Survey ResultsDate:  March 6, 2019 Thank you for taking time to respond to the BOST employee survey. I am pleased to say that our goal to increase our...

Bost C.A.R.E.S. Gives a Lesson on Friends

Bost CARES staff, Kristin Wagner, LPC and Pablo Albuja, LAC recently spoke with kindergartners, first graders and second graders at Tate Elementary School in Van Buren about how to make friends. Students learned about different types of friends they may have in their...

Bost Receives Blue & You Foundation Award

The ArTs at Bost program just got a fantastic boost, thanks to the Blue & You Foundation!  The program began in 2017 as a fun and educational way to for individuals served by Bost, Inc. to find a creative outlet, help them achieve their goals of artistic...

Exciting things are happening at Bost!