About Great Circle
People often ask us how we came to be named Great Circle. Our story began with a simple, yet powerful vision.
Our name symbolizes something far greater than combining the strengths of two organizations back in in 2009. We looked to become something much different and far greater, a sum greater than its parts. We wanted to open new doors and fresh pathways as we help children, individuals and families tackle some of life’s toughest challenges.
No longer a traditional child welfare agency, Great Circle has transformed from its founding roots, to become one of the most comprehensive providers of behavioral health services in Missouri, the Midwest and beyond.
Great Circle has grown exponentially, doubling our outreach and almost tripling our service locations through an ever-growing portfolio of services and geographic footprint. With campuses, counseling centers and community-based services across Missouri and eastern Kansas, we reached more than 43,000 children and families in 2019.
Back to our name. A ‘great circle’ is defined as the largest circle that can be drawn around a sphere. Our Great Circle represents the children, individuals, and families we serve, as well as our partners, our supporters and people like you. Great Circle’s vision is that we all stand together to help guide those in times of struggle – not as a last resort, but as a first step.
How do we make this happen? Through a unique spectrum of specialized care and education from highly trained professionals, now more than 1,400 strong, who are guided by Great Circle’s core values.
As a community partner, Great Circle's broadest aim is to de-stigmatize behavioral health as a best-in-class behavioral health services option for all children, individuals and families. We champion change and growth for those who seek our services. And as we help each succeed, we play an integral role in strengthening the fabric of every community we serve.
We welcome the opportunity to serve as a key resource for you.