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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 fufill 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!
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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
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
The Staff
Joan McDowd
Executive Director
Joan McDowd
Patrick Nelson
Mission Facility Coordinator
Patrick Nelson
Patrick Bell
Administrative Assistant
Patrick Bell
Connie Batchelder
Program Assistant
Connie Batchelder
Dani Malan
Program Assistant
Dani Malan
Stories
Edi
Edi
Missouri
The American Stroke Foundation has given Edi an important and meaningful outlet. She enjoys socialization with fellow survivors, staff, students and volunteers. And she participates in a variety of activities. Edi believes that her strength and energy have increased because of the ASF’s fitness program. Overall, she knows that her social participation has increased and her outlook on life has improved as a result of coming to the American Stroke Foundation. And she has one, overarching goal for her future: to continue working on her road to recovery.
Marvin
Marvin
Missouri
Marvin attends the Missouri Wellness Center and is a favorite of all. He’s quick with a smile and takes time to visit with everybody he meets. He is recognized as a leader within the group, too—he was elected to the ASF Council, a group that serves to inform the staff about the programs that work, any ideas for new activities, and member concerns. Marvin is in a wheelchair as a result of his stroke, but that doesn’t keep him down. He loves to play with the grandkids, go to concerts and plays, and watch movies. He’s a great cook—and he loves to eat!
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