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Our Mission Is To
empower survivors and their families to overcome the challenges of life after stroke
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The American Stroke Foundation NEXT STEP Program offers a variety of classes and activities designed to promote wellness in stroke survivors. These classes include:

Creative Conversation
Practice conversing on a variety of topics - everybody takes part in the conversation.
Adapt To The World
Learn how to increase daily independence at home and in the community.
Empower Yourself
Quest to become more independent, resourceful, and better connected to the community.
Clubhouse
Choose and participate in activities of your choice (e.g., crafts, reading, games, conversation). You’re the boss!

Check out the calendar below to find out when each is available throughout the month.

Who Can Participate?
Independent
All participants must be able to fulfill basic personal needs (e.g. eating, using the restroom) or be accompanied by a caregiver who can assist them.
Social
Socially appropriate behavior also required. We foster a collegial family atmosphere.
Interested in participating?
913.649.1776
Give us a call to request information or schedule a tour!
What's Coming Up
The Stroke Walk
Sep 12, 2015
8:00am –  12:00pm
Give Back
Feb 14, 2015
12:00am –  11:59pm
Want to know what else is happening?
Check out the calendar for MissionBlue SpringsCleaver
Who we are
An organization that empowers.
The Board
Bob Frazier
Board Chair
Bob Frazier
David Marshall
Board Vice-Chair
David Marshall
Richard March
Board Treasurer
Richard March
Shatonda Jones
Board Secretary
Shatonda Jones
Sara Baker
Board Member
Sara Baker
Lyde Doston
Board Member
Lyde Doston
Ike Francis
Board Member
Ike Francis
Micki Harrison
Board Member
Micki Harrison
Joan McDowd
Board Member
Joan McDowd
Kathy Parker
Board Member
Kathy Parker
Kimberly Poecker
Board Member
Kimberly Poecker
Ralph Pusey
Board Member
Ralph Pusey
Shirley Rose
Founder and Board Member
Shirley Rose
Janice Sandt
Board Member
Janice Sandt
The Staff
Jane Savidge
Executive Director
Jane Savidge
Dory Sabata
Program Director
Dory Sabata
Mary DeVeau
Administrative Assistant
Mary DeVeau
Patrick Nelson
Mission Facility Coordinator
Patrick Nelson
Connie Batchelder
Program Assistant
Connie Batchelder
Dani Malan
Program Assistant
Dani Malan
Stories
Bob
Bob
Bob has been attending the American Stroke Foundation out at the Blue Springs site for a little over 2 years. He had a stroke in January 10, 2012, and couldn’t be happier having found this organization along his journey of recovery. Bob stated, “I love all of the things that we do!” He expressed that his favorite thing to do at the American Stroke Foundation is exercise. Bob participates in the fitness program with the YMCA trainers on staff and attends the pool sessions led by a fellow stroke survivor. Bob feels that he is getting better and stronger while increasing his endurance. “I used to only do 20 minutes. Now I can go for 30 minutes, take a 5 minute break, and do another 30 minutes. Bob feels that the American Stroke Foundation has helped him regain his strength which has allowed him to keep up with his 10 grandchildren. Bob loves to play football, volleyball, and chase after his grandchildren. Bob shared that he feels like he has a second family here at the American Stroke Foundation and values the friendships that he has made. Although, Bob has difficulty communicating due to his aphasia he has made lasting impressions on those around him at the American Stroke Foundation. Bob stated that he loves the people and he has made several new friends including his closest friend, Glen.
Jeri
Jeri
Jeri had her stroke in August of 2013 and went through inpatient and outpatient therapy. After she got home from therapy, she was sitting in front of the TV for eight hours a day. She decided that she needed to get out of the house and searched online for senior programs to get out into the community. Jeri says, “I didn’t find any senior programs, but I somehow found the American Stroke Foundation and I was so excited. I immediately went for a visit and signed up then and there.” Jeri says she loves the American Stroke Foundation because she is learning so many things that she never knew or thought about before. For example, “I didn’t know that my risk of a stroke is greater now that I’ve had a stroke. ASF helps me keep my risk down through regular exercise, stress management, and other learning activities.” She likes working with the personal trainers at Blue Springs and working on her balance and affected side in pool therapy. Jeri thinks the people at the Stroke Foundation are just wonderful: “We rally around each other and try to help each other.” ASF has also been instrumental in helping Jeri get a job after her stroke. As she went through vocational rehab, everyone at ASF worked with her to get nice interview clothes, hair and makeup styling, and did interview practice with her. Jeri says, “I just started a new job and it’s going pretty well. I want to keep doing as much as possible and ASF helps me do that. I can’t say enough good things about ASF.”
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