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Key Training Center HistoryHistory

The Key Training Center was established in 1966 to unlock and open the door of opportunity for people with developmental disabilities.

Historically, expansion of Key Center programs and services was driven by a consistently increasing need within the local community. Expansion also was driven by the agency’s fundamental belief that programs and services should be available to all developmentally disabled people who need them.

Expansion, however, was possible because the Key Center enjoyed steadfast community support in Citrus County. As a community, Citrus County residents embraced, with compassion, the developmentally disabled as full-citizen partners.

The Key Center has been recognized as a leader and innovator in initiatives associated with improving the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and has grown to serve about 1,300 clients since it began.

 CATEGORY

1960’s

1970’s

1980’s

1990’s

2000’s

2010’s

 Owned Acreage

25

40

44

125

85

125

 Occupied Sq. Ft.

6,250

18,050

105,250

210,000

475,000

517,000

 Vocational Clients

35

125

200

259

300

185

 Residential Clients

0

8

90

143

119

140

 Staff - Full/Part-time

6

30

125

175

300

275

 Assets

$120,000

$345,000

$4,014,187

$9,000,000

$14,099,196

$14,437,000

 Operating Budget

$70,000

$365,000

$2,692,287

$5,880,000

$11,000,000

$12,316,000


Evolution of the Key Center as one of Florida’s largest and most efficient not-for-profit agencies serving the developmentally disabled is reflected by the following historical milestones.

Historical Milestones
  • 1959 Citrus and Hernando County Association for Retarded Children established.
  • 1965 Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler Orvis donated 40 acres for future Citrus County Association for Retarded Children to be used as school and workshop.
  • 1965 First thrift store opens in downtown Crystal River.
  • 1966 Citrus County Association for Retarded Children chartered as corporation.
  • 1967 Key Training Center school and workshop building dedicated on February 13 to serve seven clients.
  • 1968 Bob Neal named first executive director.
  • 1969 Federal developmental disabilities staffing grant and Florida grant-in-aid funds obtained.
  • 1970 Garnett Miller appointed acting director.
  • 1971 Chet Cole hired as Executive Director on June 14.
  • 1973 Florida Governor Rubin Askew dedicates Karla Rooks Workshop.
  • 1975 Capital campaign launched to build first group home.
  • 1976 “Run For The Money” annual fund-raising event begins.
  • 1977 Franklin Cottage opens in January as first intermediate care facility for the mentally challenged in the State of Florida.
  • 1980 Spooner Cottage opens to serve 10 clients.
  • 1981 Key Pine Village opens as 48-bed intermediate care facility for the mentally disabled.
  • 1982 18,000 square foot W.W. Caruth Building completed on campus.
  • 1983 Thrift store opens in Inverness.
  • 1983 WYKE, TV 49 signs on the air as low-powered television station.
  • 1984 Atwood House, the first off-campus group home, opens in Inverness.
  • 1984 First “Run For The Money” auction held in Inverness.
  • 1985 Page House (now Key Light Home #2) opens in Inverness.
  • 1986 Homosassa Thrift Store opens.
  • 1986 Crystal River Thrift Store opens.
  • 1986 Roger Weaver Building purchased from Citrus County School Board.
  • 1987 First Key Center telethon conducted.
  • 1987 Burnes Cottage is new campus group home for clients.
  • 1987 Simons Cottage opens as 10-bed campus group home.
  • 1988 Tidwell Field completed on main Key Center campus.
  • 1989 Whitton House and Mann House open as off-campus group homes.
  • 1989 Davis Cottage is built as nine-bed campus group home.
  • 1990 Simons Pavilion built on campus.
  • 1990 Key Light #1 and Key Light #2 become first off-campus six-bed group homes.
  • 1990 Annual “Run For The Money” campaign tops $100,000.
  • 1990 CCARC becomes Citrus County Association for Retarded Citizens.
  • 1993 Key Center #1 and #2, six-bed group homes built in Inverness, open.
  • 1993 Key Manor Apartments in Inverness becomes first Key Center apartments.
  • 1993 Key Center Foundation established to create self-sustaining endowment.
  • 1993 Garden Center opens in Lecanto.
  • 1993 Thrift Store opens in Lecanto.
  • 1993 Key Pine Village swimming pool complex opens.
  • 1993 “Run For The Money” total contributions climb over $1,000,000 since inception.
  • 1996 Key Vista Apartments are completed to serve 17 clients.
  • 1996 Crystal River Thrift Store relocates to US 19 and SR 44.
  • 1997 Key Center Foundation Office opens.
  • 1998 Inverness Workshop opens in Inverness.
  • 1999 Inverness Campus established
  • 1999 Inverness Thrift Store relocates to Inverness campus.
  • 1999 Business Office relocates to Inverness Campus.
  • 1999 First client to build their own home through the County’s SHIP program.
  • 2000 Adult Day Training Program begins at Inverness campus.
  • 2000 Citrus Springs group home established.
  • 2001 Allen House in Floral City opens.
  • 2001 Whitton House in Lecanto opens.
  • 2001 Key Center Foundation establishes an organized volunteer program.
  • 2002 Dedication of the Dean F. Hopkins Park at Tidwell Field.
  • 2002 Annual “Run For The Money” Dinner Auction celebrated its 20th Anniversary.
  • 2002 “Run For The Money” total contributions climbs over $2,000,000 since inception.
  • 2002 WYKE obtains a Class “A” license status.
  • 2003 Construction starts on a bigger Lecanto Thrift Store facility made possible through a USDA Loan.
  • 2003 WYKE becomes first Class “A” station in the United States to file an application with FCC for a digital license.
  • 2003 CCARC, Inc. becomes first nonprofit borrower to utilize USDA (Rural Development) Community Facility Loan Funds to refinance U.S. HUD 202/8 Loan for Key Pine Village a 48-bed IFC/DD, with continuance of Section 8 rent subsidy and nearly 1 million dollars made available for new construction and improvements for existing facilities.
  • 2003 Pellgrin House in Inverness opens October 1, a unique Supported Independent Living residence.
  • 2003 Plans underway for downsizing 11-bed Spooner Cottage and launching capital campaign to construct a 6-bed specialized Long Term Residential Care (Contento Cottage) with initial gift of $141,000.
  • 2003 Crystal River Key Store is sold.
  • 2003 Key Center Foundation and United Way Offices move to a new complex on SR 44.
  • 2003 USDA $2,000,000.00 loan approved to payoff HUD Key Pine Village loan and build a new educational/recreational building at Key Training Center campus in Lecanto.
  • 2004 USDA loan approved for $300,000.00 to convert Channel 47 WYKE to digital operation with new tower, transmitter and other equipment.
  • 2005 New 295’ steel guyed tower with transmitter building erected on 17 acre site North of Key Pine Village.
  • 2005 Old 300’ steel guyed tower removed.
  • 2005 WYKE Channel 47 digital operations commence in March.
  • 2005 Contento Cottage is completed and dedicated in March.
  • 2005 Ground breaking and construction start of new 18,000 square foot educational/recreational building.
  • 2005 First Key Training Center “Citrus County Bass Challenge” in Inverness, Florida.
  • 2005 23rd Annual Key Training Center auction dinner, 29th Annual Run For The Money and 18th annual Telethon in July.
  • 2005 7th Annual Key Training Center “Fashion Show”.
  • 2006 Alliance with CCARC, Inc. and New Vue, LLC February.
  • 2006 Moved into new 18,000 sq. ft. educational/recreational building on Key Training Center’s Lecanto campus.
  • 2007, January - CCARC in partners with Scioto to open Glenco Place. A three bedroom APD home.
  • 2007, March - CCARC purchases 10 acre walker parcel on CR 491 in Lecanto for furture expansion of Geriatric Center, Plant Nursery and Supported Employment Offices.
  • 2007, July - RFTM breaks $200,000 campaign goal barrier.
  • 2007, Five commercial acres purchased on U.S. 19 in downtown Chiefland for new thrift store and adult day training program with LARC.
  • 2007, First Bush Home Services “Tree of Hope” fundraising event.
  • 2008 – Dedication of “Garden of Angels” at the Chet Cole Life Enrichment Center to memorialize all Key Center clients since 1966 who have gone on the be with the Lord.
  • 2008, February - Construction started on New WYKE studios.
  • 2008, March - Melissa Walker appointed Assistant Executive Director.
  • 2008, May - Long time President B.M. Whitton retires, is unanimously approved as “President Emeritus.”
  • 2008, June - CCARC purchases Suncoast Furniture property on U.S. 19 in Crystal River for new Super Thrift Store.
  • 2008, July – RFTM breaks $250,000 barrier.
  • 2008, August - Sara Roberts took over leadership of CCARC’s Housing & Residential Services.
  • 2008, August – Crystal River Super Thrift Store opens it doors.
  • 2008, October – Skyview Charity Tennis Tournament sponsored by the Skyview Tennis Club.
  • 2009, February - CCARC purchases and opens a new 3-bedroom home known as Tenison House in Inverness.
  • 2009, April – Mainsteet Group Home was purchased in Inverness and the residents of Allen House moved into the home.
  • 2009, May – Residents from a group home that was closed in Orlando moved into the Allen Group Home located in Floral City.
  • 2009, June – CCARC purchases and opens a new 3-bedroom home known as Crystal Key in Lecanto.
  • 2009, July – 34th Annual RFTM surpasses $3 million in total contributions.
  • 2009, August – CCARC purchase and opens a new 3-bedroom home known as Crystal Ridge in Lecanto.
  • 2009, November – CCARC purchase and opens a new 3-behavioral focused group home in Inverness known as Kimberly Lane.
  • 2010 – CCARC applies to FCC for Otter-creek non-commercial FM radio station.
  • 2010 – Produce stand opens at Lecanto Garden Center.
  • 2010, December – Business Office in Inverness relocated to the Key Center Foundation in Lecanto.
  • 2010, May – Inverness Thrift Store is remodeled.
  • 2010, June – Key Center Partner’s Program is launched.
  • 2011 – Who's On First opens.
  • 2011 – Key Group Home opens in Inverness.
  • 2011 – Lecanto Complex at Key Training Center paved.
  • 2011 – Coleman bequest.
  • 2011 – Angellotis Restaurant opens at Inverness ADT.
  • 2012 – Labels opens in Inverness.
  • 2012 – CCARC Inc. acquires WYKE 104.3 FM.
  • 2012 – Cleveland House Group Home opens.
  • 2013 – Key Care Club Launched in Lecanto.
  • 2013 – Labels opens in Crystal River Mall.
  • 2013 – Woodside Group Home, 3-bedroom, opens.
  • 2014 – WYKE FM 104.3 power upgrade to 25 VW.
  • 2014 – Florida Housing Grant $350,000 for 6-bed group home in Inverness.
  • 2014 – CCARC sells Walker property to county.
  • 2014 – Purchase of United Methodist Church of Inverness.
  • 2013/2014 – "State of Florida Delmarva surveys - Almost Perfect - achieved status.
  • 2015 – Receive Esteem status for KTC operations 2 year survey.
  • 2015 – October, Country Walk Residents Move-in to their new home.
  • 2015 – Florida Housing Grant $367,000 for 6-bed group home in Crystal River.

 

   
 
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