“The Center for Independent Living for the Bootheel of Missouri”

719 Teaco Road • Kennett, Missouri 63857 • 573-888-0002

Bootheel Area Independent Living Services (BAILS) is a community-based, non-profit, non-residential, civil rights organization ran by and for people with disabilities.  BAILS is committed to serving the needs of persons with all disabilities, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or religion. Our service area includes the Southeast Missouri counties: Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot and Stoddard. BAILS offers individual services to help Consumers reach their self-set Independent Living needs and wants. Each person decides the direction of their own life. BAILS' goal is to foster an open, barrier free society for all people regardless of their disability. You are not a client or a patient you are a Consumer. This means we are offering you a service so your satisfaction is the most important thing that we can hope to achieve. 


Our Mission

BAILS' mission is to foster an open, barrier free society for all people regardless of their disability.  This is obtainable through the services we provide. BAILS believes that individuals should be treated with dignity and compassion. We have spent the last decade assisting individuals with disabilities in many ways to insure they are able to live independently utilizing our wide array of services. 

Our Office Staff

Bootheel Area Independent Living Services employees are not only courteous and helpful, but trained to insure that every area of your care as a Consumer is handled in the appropriate manner. Each employee goes through a screening process to insure your safety and well being, as well as training based on the level of care they will be providing to you. It is our goal to make your experience with Bootheel Area Independent Living Services as pleasant and productive as possible.

Funding Sources

In order to provide Independent Living Services to as many people as possible, we receive funding from the State of Missouri and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Private and Corporate donations are always accepted and are tax deductible. Donations may be made payable to BAILS.

How to Access Service

If you or someone that you know has a disability and is facing an obstacle to his or her independence, the process is simple. Call our office at 573-888-0002 or 1-888-449-0949 or come by the Center at 719 Teaco Road in Kennett, Missouri.