A Brief History of QASL

Queens Adult Service Centre was established under the auspices of the CAMR in 1969. It was an activity centre originally located in Brooklyn, NS. Over time the Queens Adult Service Centre developed a more work related posture. Locations moved from Brooklyn to the Armoury in Liverpool and then the old Fire Hall. In the late 1970's Queens Adult Service Centre purchased and moved to its present location on Pleasant Street in Milton. There continues to be an evolutionary process going on within the scope of programming at the Adult Service Centre.

In 1989 the Board launched a $250,000 campaign to retrofit the Adult Service Centre opening an art gallery and expanding the woodworking area. We developed a cafeteria and hot lunch program in house and off site at the elementary school in Milton. There was an Outreach Program established in the North Queens community.

Community Based Employment came on the scene in the 1980's and we have individuals placed in various work settings in the surrounding community. School to Work transition was instituted as well.In 1992, as an organization, we made application to open the first Children's Small Option in the Province. We ended up opening the doors as the second. With this effort, the Board of Directors took on a Strategic Planning commitment for residential service development in Queens County. Our location on Queens Street opened in 1992. It is the home for four individuals. They have gone through the school system and now attend the Day Program in Milton. We have expanded the residential options to include Supervised Apartments. We have now had five operational. These come and go as they are for individuals who are on the edge of independence. We have one running at this time. It is with pride that we celebrate our many years of residential service.
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