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.

Counties Served

Facilities

Individuals Served

“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.

Diabetes and Summer Heat – A Dangerous Combination

Even though the dog days of summer have ended, and we head towards fall, our area continues to see hot temperatures. People with both type 1 (juvenile) and type 2 (adult onset) feel the heat more than people who do not have diabetes. Extreme heat like we are...

Regions Bank and Bost – Partnership for a Brighter Future

Independence. Empowerment. Setting goals for a brighter future. These are three things BOST and Regions Bank’s financial education programs promote. So, it was a seamless fit when the two organizations recently joined forces to deliver financial education workshops to...

Celebrating our Direct Support Professionals – Doris Dentmond

I get to make a difference in someone’s life. Getting up every day coming to a work being greeted with the biggest smile and hug from my consumer makes it all worthwhile… She’s come so far in these past four years and it makes me feel good, because I know I’m doing my...

Celebrating our Direct Support Professionals – Bobbie Jones

I was introduced to Bost in 1996. Best thing I can say is. I have met alot of people and have enjoyed working with them. Clients and staff.. all race, color,and age . One thing I know is we all have feelings. And want to be treated equally.   I want to help and hope...

Celebrating our Direct Support Professionals – Regina Gramlich

I first found out about Bost in September of 2015.  I have learned so much from the clients I have had the opportunity to work with. I thought I knew almost everything then I learned I don't know as much as I thought I did. I hope that we as care givers can show by...

Celebrating our Direct Support Professionals – Erica LaTour

1.) I've been with Bost for 12 years now. I first got involved back in high school. I had a teacher who had a family member in the program and she told me she thought I would be great at the job. 2.) The best thing that's happened to me while working here has been the...

Katie Marshall – New to the Team and Learning Every Day

Katie Marshall began at Bost in April of 2021.  She came to us from Arvest Bank, where she worked as a teller.  Bost is completely different from anything Katie has done before, and she likes it a lot!   When Katie was looking to change jobs, the billing clerk...

Celebrating our Direct Support Professionals – Tyera “Birdie” Knotts

I first found out about Bost through a friend. I volunteered for years in Oklahoma with people with mental disabilities. And I loved it. I enjoyed the Bost Team June 2015 and although it can be challenging at times, I love my job.   I have learned so much...

Celebrating our Direct Support Professionals – Pam Abernathy

I wanted a job that allowed me to help people and make a difference in their lives. I came to Bost September 23, 2017.   I feel like I make a difference in my consumers lives. I help them become independent as possible.   As a result of what I do, I hope...

Twenty (or so) Questions with Nancy Lebrun!

How long have you been with Bost?  17 years. Doesn’t seem like it. My consumer and I are growing older together.  How did you first get involved with Bost, and what sparked that interest?  I moved from OKC back to Fort Smith in 2004 to be near family. I was looking...

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!