Our Mission is…
To build a wide and diverse community network of resources within Stone County to assist with the development of opportunities for its residents with developmental disabilities.

CHANCES was co-founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2009 by visionaries Pete and Cathy Peterson and a group of supportive parents.

This dedicated group wanted to see services provided for Stone County residents with developmental disabilities (as many other Missouri counties do) to improve their quality of life and that of their families.

When the citizens of Stone County overwhelmingly voted in favor of a Stone County Developmental Disability Board (SCDDB) on November 8, 2016, the status of CHANCES became not only a community group, but also a PROVIDER of SERVICES for Stone County! CHANCES is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Many times these individuals are children, family members, or friends. The title of CHANCES stands for Community Helping Able Neighborhood Citizens Experience Success. Chances was co-founded as a nonprofit group in late 2009 by visionaries Pete and Cathy Peterson, and a group of supportive parents. This dedicated group wanted to see services provided for Stone county residents with Developmental Disabilities (as many other Missouri counties do) to enhance their quality of life. Pete and Cathy knew that in order for Stone county to receive funding for Developmental Disabilities, a Disability Board for Stone County would need to be established.

CHANCES decided to do the work necessary to have this initiative put on the  ballot for voter approval. Years later, this hard work paid off on November 8, 2016 when the citizens of Stone County overwhelmingly ( 68-32 percent) voted in favor of the tax levy to fund the Stone County Disability Board!

CHANCES is a fun group to be a part of! Many of our members participate in various sports through the Special Olympics, Sporting Chance, and Champion of Athletes.  We have several group activities throughout the year and bowl regularly twice a month (see our activities calendar for more details). Each month, CHANCES hosts Music Therapy or other group therapeutic events for all Stone County residents with developmental disabilities. Siblings and parents are welcome to attend as well! CHANCES is a family. We work hard together, and play hard together!