Helping People Succeed: Building Successful Families and Futures for 50 Years!
Helping People Succeed has a rich, diverse and successful history that we’d like to share with you as we celebrate 50 years of helping people succeed!
- Pioneer Occupational Center for the Handicapped, Inc. founded in 1964 by a group of parents who wanted their sons and daughters with intellectual disabilities to do more than watch television at home all day by themselves!
- Tri-County Rehabilitation Center became the name in 1974 as vocational and work experience programs became available including food service, carpentry, home economics and adult basic education. Adults with disabilities also had the opportunity to perform subcontract work for pay for companies such as IBM, Grumman Aerospace, Shurhold Products and various flower farms!
- Infants and toddlers with diagnosed conditions such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory issues, i.e., as blindness, deafness and multiple disabilities became a major focus in 1978. Parents of infants and toddlers were provided with emotional support, specific training and weekly plans to help their children gain the skills and aptitudes to become healthy, productive adults.
- Tri-County TEC became the name in 1984 and the world changed for the better for adults with disabilities and the entire organization. Employment in jobs in the community became a reality for adults with disabilities especially those with significant disabilities. Businesses began to recognize the value in hiring adults with disabilities based on their work ethic, retention and ability! Since 1984, we have helped more than 4,000 adults with disabilities obtain and maintain employment!
- With the establishment of the Children’s Services Councils in Martin (1988) and St. Lucie (1990) counties, services for children blossomed. We began to provide services for children who are at risk. The Healthy Families program provides abuse and neglect prevention; BRAIN (Building Readiness among Infants Now) a universal program for all parents of newborns in Martin and St. Lucie County! Currently our children’s program serves more than 4,500 families annually!
- Behavioral Health Services became part of Tri-County TEC in 1990 offering behavioral and mental health services to adults with disabilities and students with behavioral issues helping them gain the control, attitude and skills to work, live and play in typical not special settings.
- HPS, Helping People Succeed, Inc. became and remains our name in 2004 as we recognized the diversity of our programs and services that are offered to a variety of populations throughout Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Duval counties.
The thread that runs throughout the organization’s history and current operating is Helping People Succeed. We serve infants, toddlers, students K-12, and adults. Our services range from those with the most significant disabilities to those who need assistance to succeed. We have a strong board of directors who help the organization move strategically. Funding is also provided through a number of federal, state and local funds as well as the generosity of the community through donations and volunteer time.
Helping People Succeed has flourished during our first 50 years. We are quite proud of our successes. We contribute not only to the quality of life for the people we serve, but also, to the diversity and economic viability of our community.
We look forward to continuing to help build successful families and futures one life at a time. We invite you to join us!