Who we are

Abilities, LLC is a thriving residential habilitation agency Warrensburg, Missouri. We employ approximately 100 dynamic people in the Johnson County area. With the University of Central Missouri so close, many of our staff members are studying Special Education, Communication Disorders, Education, and Social Work/Human Services.

Abilities, LLC was created in 2003 by Lisa Lemler and Kerrie Simms. Combined, the owners have 40+ years of experience working with and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. The owners have worked at other agencies in the area - Center for Human Services, Share & Care, and even the local Missouri State School for the Disabled. In 2003 they decided to take the leap themselves, and open their first group home. They supported one individual and acted as her live-in staff. By 2007, they had three homes and twelve individuals. By 2012 the agency was supporting fifteen people across four homes, and by 2016 the agency supported approximately 22 people in eight different homes.

Our goals for 2016 include:
  • Host at least 4 Bingo nights
  • Open at least one more home and support at least 25 individuals
  • Host our 2nd annual friends & family BBQ
  • Purchase a 12 passenger van with 4 wheelchair spots.
  • Organize an agency scavenger hunt
  • Raise funds to send one of our girls to Miss Amazing Nationals in Chicago, IL.
  • Send at least 16 individuals to Wonderland Camp.

Our goals for 2017 include:

  • Host at least 4 Bingo nights
  • Open at least two more homes
  • Host our 3rd annual friends & family BBQ
  • Send at least 18 individuals to Wonderland Camp.

2018 and beyond:
  • Open a day program for individuals with intense support needs (medical, behavioral, etc.) in Warrensburg.
  • Design and have built a modified, adapted home for individuals who use a wheelchair for mobility.

Values:
Education
Affordable, quality housing
Collaboration
Leadership
Dignity
Respect
Trained, quality staff
Self-respect
Integrity

Office Staff:
Lisa Lemler, BS & Kerrie Simms, Owners
Natasha Meddock, MEd; Director/Behavior Analyst
Courtney Jones, Assistant Director
Ethan Strohmeyer, Human Resources
Amanda Vanderpool, BS, DDP Lead
Jackie Neal, Community RN
Lara Scantland, Office Manager
Ashleigh Tompkins, DDP
Bailey Roberts, DDP