About | Our History
John and Linda Cone, Tony and Jo Knott, parents of two children with intellectual and developmental disabilities were concerned about a quality life for their children in the community. The concerns were education, social interaction, independence and long term care as they became adults. They also realized they could help themselves and ultimately others by being a unified voice pulling together to search out or create these opportunities. They reached out to other parents with children with disabilities and BASCA was born.
Officers were elected, BASCA was incorporated and became a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization on May 25, 1995. Since that time BASCA Inc. has grown into a multifaceted organization whose mission is to provide better living, working, educational, social and recreational opportunities for children and adults with special needs.
- BASCA parents formed a monthly support group, created a monthly newsletter and brought their children together for weekly bowling.
- BASCA incorporated and became a 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization.
- Ortega Baptist Church donated BASCA a 1,300 square foot house on Iroquois Avenue to use for our headquarters and activity center.
- BASCA partnered with the Diocese of St. Augustine to start Camp Promise, a residential summer camp, for children and adults ages 14 to 30.
- The need was so great Camp Promise 2 was started. Camp Care was added for the severely disabled and individuals with Autism.
- BASCA partnered with Dye-Clay YMCA to start a Tuesday night exercise class and an Adult Day Training program, called the Daystar Center, for 15 individuals with physical and more severe disabilities. The YMCA donated the land. BASCA raised the money, built the building, designed the program and hired the director.
- BASCA bought and renovated a 5,000 square foot home for 6 young ladies with developmental disabilities.
- BASCA opened Lakeside Villa, our first L.I.F.E. (Living in a Family Environment) residential home, in December for 6 young ladies with intellectual and developmental disabilities who celebrated their first New Year’s together.
- BASCA moved our headquarters and activity center into a 2,300 square foot building, donated by Island View Baptist Church, on Plainfield Avenue in Orange Park.
- BASCA was donated a van from the Florida Department of Transportation to drive our participants to many programs in the community and BASCA activities and services at Island View Baptist and First Baptist of Orange Park Churches.
- BASCA bought 2.29 acres located south of Orange Park, off College Drive, in the Secret Harbor subdivision to build a men’s residential home for 6 men.
- BASCA partnered with the Central YMCA to build another Daystar Center at the Barco Newton YMCA on Fleming Island.
- BASCA started construction behind our headquarters on a building that would be our first training and manufacturing facility. Parents and friends submitted names and Custom Creations was chosen for the new program that opened with one participant.
- Secret Harbor a residential home for 6 men was being built with the help of over 200 volunteers.
- BASCA opened Secret Harbor our second L.I.F.E. residential home for 6 men with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- BASCA purchased a handicap 12 passenger van to expand our transportation capabilities through a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.
- Friends of BASCA held the 1st Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic.
- BASCA purchased a 15 passenger van for their Secret Harbor Men’s L.I.F.E. home.
- BASCA purchased 1.74 acres on Gordon Street directly behind their Lakeside Villa ladies L.I.F.E. residential home to provide room for a larger parking area, a garden and green house.
- Friends of BASCA held the 2nd Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic.
- BASCA opened an Adult Day Training program in the activity room at our headquarters for individuals with autism and more challenging behaviors.
- Bryan Jennings Daystar, our 2nd Daystar Center, opened at Barco Newman YMCA in Fleming Island.
- Friends of BASCA held their 3rd Annual Subaru/ BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
- Partnered with Special Gathering to attend Camp Agape at Vero Beach over Memorial Day weekend.
- BASCA purchased Pine Forest located on Fleming Island and began renovations on our 3rd L.I.F.E. home for 4 men.
- Friends of BASCA held the 4th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
- BASCA purchased Peoria our 4th L.I.F.E. home and began renovations on a small group home for 3 ladies.
- Custom Creations grew to 8 participants and 2 staff.
- BASCA participated in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program with Clay County Housing Authority and was awarded a grant to purchase, renovate and rent 5 foreclosed homes to low income families in Clay County.
- BASCA expanded our services to include serving developmentally challenged and elderly in our community providing respite, personal care and supported living.
- Friends of BASCA held the 5th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
- BASCA increased to 28 employees due to expansion of services.
- BASCA held its 1st Annual Christmas Tour of Homes at Orange Park Country Club.
- BASCA received a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation and purchased a 2010 handicap accessible van increasing BASCA Transit’s fleet to 6.
- Custom Creation doubled from 8 participants to 16 and 2 staff to 4.
- Custom Creations 2 outgrew the building at headquarters and moved to a new location in the Industrial Loop and Custom Creations 1 remained on Plainfield Avenue, Orange Park.
- BASCA opened Peoria our 3rd L.I.F.E. home serving 3 ladies.
- BASCA purchased a 7 passenger minivan with proceeds from Friends of BASCA Golf Classic for Peoria Ladies Home.
- BASCA opened Pine Forest, their first behavior focus L.I.F.E. home, serving 4 young men.
- BASCA expanded our Supported Living services to include Supported Employment
- BASCA employed 48 employees due to expansion of services.
- BASCA purchased a 15 passenger van with proceeds from Friends of BASCA Golf Classic for the Lakeside Villa Ladies home.
- BASCA received a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation and purchased a 2011 handicap accessible van increasing BASCA Transit’s fleet to 9.
- Friends of BASCA held the 6th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
- BASCA was awarded a second Neighborhood Stabilization grant to purchase an additional 7 homes to renovate and rent to low income families in our community.
- BASCA received a grant from the Westside Jacksonville Rotary to build a 20 by 32 foot greenhouse on the Gordon Street property behind Lakeside Villa Ladies home.
- BASCA received a $3,000.00 grant from the PEPSICO Foundation, Jaguars Foundation and Walmart to start a community garden on the Gordon Street Property.
- BASCA installed parking and a turnaround area behind Lakeside Villa on the east end of Gordon Street property.
- BASCA held their 2nd Annual Christmas Tour featuring Lakeside Villa Ladies home and Secret Harbor Men’s home on the tour.
- BASCA‘s Custom Creations 2 expanded and added Custom Creations 3 at the Industrial Loop location.
- BASCA activity night, Good Time Tuesday’s, outgrew the space at headquarters and moved to Island View Baptist’s Fellowship hall.
- Friends of BASCA held the 7th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
- BASCA received a grant from FDOT and purchased a 9 passenger van increasing fleet to 10.
- The first Director of Development was hired.
- BASCA 1st Annual 5K run held at Any Time Fitness located on Argyle Boulevard.
- Friends of BASCA held the 8th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
- BASCA received a grant from FDOT and purchased a 9 passenger increasing fleet to 11.
- BASCA purchased 4 buildings on Stowe Avenue and Smith Street in Orange Park, FL to consolidate our Administrative offices, three locations for Custom Creations 1, 2 and 3 training and manufacturing programs, and Life Skills 3 training program at Island View Baptist Church into our new 24,000 square foot Center.
- BASCA formed our first Ladies Auxiliary and elected Linda Lights, President.
- BASCA received a grant to add 1,800 square feet to Peoria L.I.F.E residential home and will increase the number of residents to 6 ladies increasing staff to 4. .
- Friends of BASCA held the 9th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
- BASCA held 2nd Annual Chomp 'N Stomp 5 K/I Mile Run, Walk & Roll at Oak Leaf Town Center
- BASCA received a grant to add 1,568 square feet to Pine Forest. Behavior Focus home to increase the number of residents from 4 to 6 young men.
- BASCA received a grant to purchase land to build our fifth L.I.F.E. residential home.
- BASCA began a Capital Campaign to raise funds for our new Center on Stowe Avenue in Orange Park.
- Friends of BASCA held their 10th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
- BASCA held the 3rd Annual Chomp 'N Stomp 5 k/1 Mile Run, Walk & Roll at our New Campus on the corner of Stowe Avenue and Smith Street.