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 working 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.
- Ortega Baptist Church donated BASCA a 1,300 square foot house on Iroquois Avenue to use for our headquarters and activity center.
- The need was so great that Camp Promise, begun a year earlier, was expanded to include Camp Care for severely disabled persons and individuals with Autism.
- BASCA partnered with Dye-Clay YMCA to start a weekly exercise class and an Adult Day Training program, called the Daystar Center, for 15 individuals with physical and more severe disabilities.
- BASCA bought and renovated a 5,000 square foot home for 6 young ladies with developmental disabilities.
- BASCA opened Lakeside Villa, its first L.I.F.E. (Living in a Family Environment) residential home, for 6 young ladies with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- BASCA moved its headquarters and activity center into a building donated by Island View Baptist Church on Plainfield Avenue in Orange Park.
- BASCA purchased 2.29 acres 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 its headquarters on a building that would be the first training and manufacturing facility.
- BASCA opened Secret Harbor, its second L.I.F.E. residential home for 6 men with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- BASCA purchased a 12 handicap passenger van through a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.
- Friends of BASCA held the 1st Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic.
- BASCA purchased 1.74 acres on Gordon Street, directly behind Lakeside Villa ladies L.I.F.E. residential home to provide room for a larger parking area, a garden and green house.
- Opened an Adult Day Training program for individuals with autism and other issues.
- Bryan Jennings Daystar, our 2nd Daystar Center, opened at Barco Newman YMCA in Fleming Island.
- BASCA purchased Pine Forest located on Fleming Island and began renovations on its third L.I.F.E. home for 4 men.
- BASCA purchased Peoria, its 4th L.I.F.E. home, and began renovations on a small group home for 3 ladies.
- 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 its services to include serving developmentally challenged and elderly in our community by providing respite, personal care and supported living.
- Custom Creation doubled from 8 to 16 participants and added a second location in the Industrial Loop.
- BASCA opened Pine Forest, its first behavior-focused L.I.F.E. home, serving 4 young men.
- BASCA expanded Supported Living services to include Supported Employment.
- 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 to start a community garden on the Gordon Street Property.
- BASCA activity night, Good Time Tuesday’s, outgrew the space at headquarters and moved to Island View Baptist’s Fellowship hall.
- BASCA 1st Annual 5K run held at Any Time Fitness on Argyle Boulevard.
- BASCA purchased 4 buildings on Stowe Avenue and Smith Street in Orange Park, FL to consolidate Administrative offices, Custom Creations training and manufacturing programs, and Life Skills 3 training program.
- BASCA received a grant to add 1,800 square feet to Peoria L.I.F.E residential home to increase the number of residents to 6 ladies.
- 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 a fifth L.I.F.E. residential home.
- BASCA began a Capital Campaign to raise funds for a new Center on Stowe Avenue in Orange Park.
- Relocated services and headquarters staff to new BASCA Campus on Stowe Ave.
- John Cone, BASCA Founder, retires after 20+ years of service. Beth Clark named Interim CEO.
- The BASCA Bargain Boutique opened
- Beth Clark named CEO of BASCA.
- L.I.F.E. residential home at Old Jennings Road opens.