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Introduction: Prior to the 1950’s, there were two choices for people with developmental disabilities. Stay at home with one’s parents, or move into an institution. In Logansport, Winamac and across the country, parents of children with disabilities were not content with those two choices. In spite of the opposition of many educators, some physicians and psychiatrists, many community members, the State of Indiana and the Federal government, parents forged ahead with the founding of community-based organizations such as ours. The following is a chronology of our development as an organization.

September 1954: The Cass County Council for Mentally Retarded Children was organized.

November 1954: The organization opened Adams School for Children in the old YMCA building. Ten children attended.

Comment: It was not until the middle 1970’s that children with developmental disabilities were allowed to attend public school. With the passage of the original Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), public schools were mandated to serve children with disabilities, develop an Individual Education Plan, and provide necessary services and supports as needed by the child.

1955: Incorporation papers were filed for the Cass County Council for Mentally Retarded Citizens. That same year, CCCMRC and the Society for Crippled Children merged into combined classes at the Franklin Elementary School.
Incorporation papers were filed for Pulaski County Council for Retarded and Exceptional Persons, Inc.
Aurora School opened in Winamac with 16 pupils. It provided educational services until 1965.

February 1958: Hendricks Special Education School was opened by the Logansport School system. In November 1960, CCCMRC organized the Hendricks Habilitation Center to provide a place for youth and others who had outgrown the need for Hendricks School. The old Youth Foundation building on Woodlawn Avenue was acquired for this purpose.

Comment: In 1958, adults with developmental disabilities were not welcomed into the workforce. The protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act were still thirty-one years into the future.

1961: Three years after the workshop program was created, the first contract for sheltered workshop services was let at the Hendricks Center.

1963: A day center was opened for those persons who did not qualify for either Hendricks School or Hendricks Center.

1964: Carolyn (Crick) Moore hired as first CEO, and a new facility acquired for the day center.

1965: The first workshop for adults with developmental disabilities in Pulaski County opened in Star City.

1967: The workshop was moved to Winamac and was named the Pulaski Habilitation Center. An educational program was organized for children with moderate to severe retardation.

1969: A new workshop was completed on the site of the Hendricks Habilitation Center.

1971: An office area, gym, and classroom were completed. The facility was renamed Woodlawn Center.

1972: The present workshop/day program property was purchased in Winamac.

1973: The name was changed to Pulaski County Association for Retarded Children. The new workshop opened with 12 clients.

October 1974: The name was changed to Pulaski County Association for Retarded Citizens, the center called PARC Center.

1979: A group home for men opened in Logansport.

July, 1982: A group home was opened for eight women in Logansport.

1984: The Logansport workshop was expanded

1987: Dave Congdon became Executive Director

Middle 80’s: Supported Employment initiated. Semi-Independent Living/Supported
Living/Community Living programs initiated. Programs for individuals with multiple disabilities initiated.

1989: The Pulaski County Association for Retarded Citizens came under management of
 CCCMRC.

1990: The Winamac operation became known as Pulaski Developmental Services.
 Management by CCCMRC continued until 1995, when the two organizations merged.

1995: Pulaski Developmental Services and CCMRM merger was finalized.

2000: Steve Brundage selected as Executive Director
Basic Skills Training Program (BSTP) Ends

2001 Training Recreation Individual Programming (TRIP) Initiated

2002: The organization was renamed "Peak Community Services, Inc."
First Steps program ends

2006: Don Weikle becomes Executive Director (Title changed to Chief Executive Officer)
IDEM Grant received to purchase shredding equipment
Initiation of standardized Annual Planning and Budgeting System

2007: Initiation of annualized policy and procedure review system
  Update of office furniture and equipment
 Incorporation of Peak Community Services Foundation
  First Foundation funded client served in Winamac in October
 First Foundation funded client served in Logansport in November
 Only Foundation in Indiana providing Interim Waiver services
 Construction of 19th Street Group Home replacing North Street home

2008: CARF Three-year Accreditation Awarded

2009 Purchased generator for Woodlawn Avenue facility enabling it to serve as evacuation
      center for group homes.
  Woodlawn Avenue Group Home opens adding to capacity

2010 Treen Street home opens replacing Linden Avenue home
  Foundation received Kestle bequest
  Partnership with IVY Tech to conduct ADA assessments of local businesses

2011: CERT Three-Year Accreditation for Waiver Services Awarded
CARF Three-Year Accreditation for Habilitation, PCS Industries, and Employment Services Awarded
Second floor renovation of Logansport offices creating large staff training room, server, and office space
Pepsi Refresh Grant in support of the Peak Community Services Foundation effort on behalf of interim services for clients on the waiting list

2012 TRIP Program ends for nursing home clients
 Renovation of 50 East Kitchen and new appliances for Main Street homes in Winamac
funded in part with grants from the Peak Community Services Foundation and the Pulaski County Community Foundation
United Way of Cass County continues its long-term partnership with Peak Community Services supporting a Vocational Trainer and Interim Services in Logansport

2013 Initiated preparations for the upcoming CARF survey that will include Community
          Living and Respite program for the first time
          Renovated PCS Industries space in Logansport
   
2014 Achieved a Three Year CARF Accreditation in Community Employment Services
         (Employment Supports and Job Development), Community Integration, Organizational
Employment Services, Respite Services, Services Coordination, and Supported Living
Governance Standards Applied Our next survey will be in June, 2017 Respite Services and Community Living were added for the first time as were the Governance Standards
Preparations for ISO-9000 certification for PCS Industries are initiated
Achieved 100% Compliance Rating with the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services Compliance, Evaluation, and Review Tool (CERT) Survey

2015: ISO-9001-2008 Certification awarded for PCS Industries
  December 11th, Christopher Nabors become Chief Executive Officer

2016: One of 9 agencies in the state awarded the Pre-Employment transition Services contract to assist high school students in 25 northern Indiana Schools in transitioning from school to community based employment.
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