KCARC HISTORY


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.

 
 

From 1972 to Where We are Now


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 – Began ECWCS at Plant II

1988 - Construction of Intermediate Care Facility/Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR), consisting of 5 separate homes.
1990 – Construction of the geriatric group home 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 located at 2525 North 6th Street;

2000 - Reconstruction 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 – Dry good packaging began in 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)

2007 - Received grant to start School-To-Work Transition Program

2007 - 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.
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 – Began producing canned non-fat, fortified dry milk for the United States Department of Defense.
2014 – Tommy Wolfe Center was converted into the Tommy Wolfe Wellness Center.
2015 – ECWCS clothing began being produces at the Bowling Manufacturing Plant in Loogootee, Indiana, for the United States Department of Defense.
2017 – Opened 1972 Community Center.

2018 –Construction of 3 new ADA accessible homes completed.