Human Services

Puzzle Pieces Inc

Making a difference in lives one piece at a time.

aka Puzzle Pieces

Owensboro, KY


Our mission is to provide a safe environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities and promote independence, life skills, community access and involvement, social interaction, communication, self-worth and build trusting relationships between clients, staff, and families.

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Puzzle Pieces non-demanding atmosphere and staff utilize positive encouragement and reinforcement to engage clients. Our community center's activities range from arts and crafts, community access, vocational jobs, social interaction time, trips out in our community, leisure time, as well as just having a good time being around others. Our staff goes above and beyond to tap into the interest of our clients. There is emphasis on making our clients feel accepted, develop self-confidence, self-worth, and feel like there is a purpose to each day. Through our programs, we meet the needs of the clients we serve with a person-centered approach while incorporating a social atmosphere with opportunities to access the community.

Puzzle Pieces has been a dream of Executive Director/Founder, Amanda Owen for many years. Mrs. Owen began to communicate her dream and collaborate with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce in the summer of 2011. Mrs. Owen recruited a Business Director, Kathy Hempel, (who has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy) and a Program Director, Kelly Evans who both share the same vision as Mrs. Owen. Since July 2011, and with their help, Puzzle Pieces applied for and received their IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status, formed a 7 member Board of Directors and a 5-member Advisory Board, approved and filed an Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, established a Volunteer/Buddy Program, built a website, found a building and moved in, registered 100+ families for Puzzle Pieces, and raised over $250,000.00 in fundraisers, donations and grants. Since that July we have had so many people to help us achieve our dream from our clients and their families to the community that has embrace us.

Puzzle Pieces serves individuals identified as having an intellectual disability, such as but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, multiple disabilities, mild mental disability, and chromosome disabilities. We serve individuals from age 8 to adults because we understand the importance of maintaining our programs’ activities through our clients’ lifetime. Puzzle Pieces will not limit services to individuals in a particular county, region, etc. Puzzle Pieces accepts Private Pay Clients and the Michele P. Medicaid Waiver for Community Living Supports and Respite support.

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Executive DIrector/Founder

Amanda Owen

Main Address

1512 Frederica St.

Owensboro, KY 42301 USA


Intellectual Disabilities, Cognitive Disabilities, special needs, unique abilities, adult day training





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

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Adult Day Training

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Puzzle Pieces goals are to continue to serve as many individuals in an one on one capacity as possible. We want our clients to have personal choice in their activities and we want to be a part of their lives. We want to support families who need to work but want their loved ones to be with their peers in a social atmosphere and to have access to the community is what we strive for every day.

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