History of KCARC

The Dream of a few individuals in 1969, to the humble beginnings in 1972, to what KCARC is today – an economic asset, a major employer, and a haven for many people.


  • 1972 – Opening of preschool programs for youngsters with mental retardation and the beginning of sheltered work opportunities.
  • 1974 – First men’s group home opened.
  • 1975 – Building of 4,800 sq. ft workshop (Plant I).
  • 1976 – First women’s group home opened.
  • 1978 – Expansion of work-center by 16,000 sq. ft. (Plant I).
  • 1982 – First co-ed group home opened.
  • 1984 – Expansion of work-center by 30,000 sq. ft. (Plant I).
  • 1986 – Construction of Basic Development Unit in Bicknell, Indiana.
  • 1987 – Opening of newly constructed Civitan Children’s Center.
  • 1988 – Opening of Plant II, Opening of Intermediate Care Facility/Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR).
  • 1990 – Geriatric group home Opened in Bicknell, Indiana.
  • 1991 – Construction of Plant III/Bicknell Business Center.
  • 1993 – Construction of Plant IV.
  • 1997 – Construction of Charles and Mary Baker Center.
  • 1999 – Became first company on North American Continent to be ISO registered for all program services, human resources, and finance offices.
  • 2000 – Purchase of Plant V, 2525 North 6th Street; Expansion of Civitan Children’s Center.
  • 2001 – Construction of Tommy Wolfe Center (Mildly Ill Child Care)
  • 2002 – Plant V – USDA Milk repackaging began; ICF/MR homes became CRF/DD; Restructured Residential into CRF and Waivers.
  • 2003 – Added second production line for repackaging to Plant V.
  • 2005 – Renovated office space at Plant V to relocate all administrative offices.
  • 2006 – NISH funded pilot project at KCARC for Rose-Hulman Institute for Technology students to design assisted technology to enhance productivity for individuals with the most severe disabilities.
  • 2007 – Became management agent for LAM (Life After Meth); Received grant to start School-To-Work Transition Program; Began Discover the Possibilities media campaign.
  • 2008 – Began KCARC for Life program, which is designed to provide advocacy, connection, education, and support for the lifetime of individuals and families with special needs.
  • 2009 – Created the position of Family Resource Coordinator to assist people with disabilities in accessing services such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, etc…
  • 2010 – Tommy Wolfe Center converted from mildly ill childcare to Infant and Toddler Center, serving 16 infants and 20 toddlers.
  • 2011 – Purchased former Perfect Fit building and renamed to Bowling Manufacturing in Loogootee, Indiana
  • 2012 – Plant V began to produces non-fat, fortified dry milk in a canned version.
  • 2013 – Freelandville Housing was handed over to Mark Valenti and his company, Valenti Real Estate Services.
  • 2014 – Tommy Wolfe Center was converted into the Tommy Wolfe Wellness Center.