Established by the Columbia Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club with financial support in the amount of $9,000 from Senators Symington and Long at the old bus depot on West Sexton Road.

Founding Fathers

Robert A. Daughterty III was named first Executive Director.

Late 60s

Training programs were initiated whereby the men repaired Pepsi®  cases and the women performed ironing.

Vocational assessment services offered.

Frank Allevan was named second Executive Director.


Relocated operations to Pannell Street and became known as the Community Rehabilitation Center (CRC).

Earned first accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).


J. Russel Doumas

Russell Doumas

J. Russell Doumas, from Louisville, Kentucky took over the helm.

Moved to our current headquarters location at 2116 Nelwood Drive and changed our name to Advent Enterprises, Inc. to highlight our efforts to provide the people we serve “a new beginning”.

Launched our Annual Awards Banquet and Comedy Night fundraiser.


Annual budget exceeded 2 million.

Job placement efforts were enhanced through a federal grant and opening of satellite offices in Jefferson City, Sedalia and Moberly.

Employment services for the citizens of Columbia/Boone County were consolidated when we merged with the Job Center.

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 emphasized the delivery of workforce development efforts through one-stop career centers. We opened offices in both The Resource Center (Columbia) and in Moberly.

The New Millennium

Job Point landed a YouthBuild project through a federal grant competition.  The project was made possible with a collaborative community effort to provide construction training, leadership development and academic enrichment to local youth at risk.  The organization’s name was changed to Job Point to more clearly convey to the community our mission and services.  To meet the increasing demand for quality and compassionate caregivers for our aging population, we initiated training for Certified Nursing Assistants early in 2011.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

We welcomed Steven A. Smith as our Interim President in 2014.  Columbia locations were consolidated in 2015, and we initiated a summer work experience (SWE) program in partnership with Shelter Insurance Companies, Vocational Rehabilitation and local schools.  The program was expanded to Moberly in 2018, then Boonville  in 2019.  IN 2016, we launched our Company Feud fundraiser.  In 2017, employment services were enhanced through contracts with Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities.  In 2018, our YouthBuild program collaborated with Missouri River Relief and other state YouthBuild programs for a day of environmental and ecological education and river clean-up.  We also hosted our 30th anniversary Comedy Night fundraiser, honoring host Fred DeMarco.  In 2019, we purchased our headquarters building at 400 Wilkes Boulevard in Columbia we had been renting with the savings going to client services.  We closed out the decade with Nancy Silver, Vice President and 33 year veteran of Job Point, retiring.  In 2020, Job Point entered into a contract for services with Boone County Children’s service for our AmeriCorps program and vocational training for youths up to age 19.  Job Point was honored by Columbia Chamber of Commerce as Small Business of the Year.

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