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1972 to today and beyond.
From the dream of a few parents in 1969 to the humble beginnings in 1972, to what we are today - an economic asset, a major employer, and a haven for many people.

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1972
Opening of preschool programs for youngsters with mental retardation and the beginning of sheltered work opportunities
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1974
First men’s group home opened
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1975
Building of 4,800 sq. ft workshop (Plant I)
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1976
First women’s group home opened
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1978
Expansion of work-center by 16,000 sq. ft. (Plant I)
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1980
Expansion of work-center by 30,000 sq. ft. (Plant I)
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1980
General Services Administration contract to manufacture executive office conference furniture and various tables
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1982
First co-ed group home opened
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1983
Second all-men's house opened
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1984
Third all-men's house opened
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1986
Construction of Basic Development Unit in Bicknell, Indiana
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1987
Opening of newly constructed Civitan Children’s Center
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1988
Began extreme cold weather clothing manufacturing at Plant II
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1988
Construction of Intermediate Care Facility/Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR), consisting of 5 separate homes
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1988
Purchase of Plant II location
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1990
Construction of the geriatric group home in Bicknell, Indiana
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1991
Construction of Plant III/Bicknell Business Center
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1992
Expansion of Plant III
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1993
Construction of Plant IV
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1997
Construction of Charles and Mary Baker Center
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1999
Became first not-for-profit company on North American Continent to be ISO registered for all program services, human resources, and finance offices
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2000
Purchase of Vincennes Manufacturing Plant
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2000
Expansion of Civitan Children’s Center and an addition of four classrooms
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2001
Construction of Tommy Wolfe Center (Mildly Ill Child Care)
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2001
Remodel of Plant V location at 2525 N 6th Street
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2002
Construction of USDA approved milk manufacturing plant
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2002
ICF/MR homes became CRF/DD
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2002
Restructured Residential into CRF and Waivers
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2003
Dry good packaging began in Plant V
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2005
Renovated office space at Plant V to relocate all administrative offices
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2006
NISH funded pilot project at KCARC with Rose-Hulman Institute Of Technology students to design assisted technology to enhance productivity for individuals with the most severe disabilities
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2007
Became management agent for LAM (Life After Meth)
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2007
Received grant to start School-To-Work Transition Program
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2007
Began Discover the Possibilities media campaign
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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
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2010
Tommy Wolfe Center converted from mildly ill childcare to Infant and Toddler Center, serving 16 infants and 20 toddlers
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2011
Purchased former Perfect Fit building and renamed to Bowling Manufacturing in Loogootee, Indiana
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2013
Began producing dry milk for Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Vendor Program
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2014
Tommy Wolfe Mildly Ill Child Care Center was converted into the Tommy Wolfe Wellness Center
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2015
Extreme cold weather clothing began production at Bowling Manufacturing Plant in Loogootee, Indiana
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2017
Remodeled formerly known Plant II into 1972 Community Center
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2018
Construction of 3 new ADA accessible homes completed
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2019
Construction and opening of KCARC’s The Shop, a facility providing Life Skills training
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2020
Provided staff with 16,313 free meals, free child care, and added bonuses as appreciation of their efforts during COVID pandemic
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2020
Ribbon Cutting at Civitan Children’s Center to celebrate the renovations and reopening of the child care facility
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2020
Construction of a new ADA accessible home completed
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