In 1959, a small group of parents seeking to help their adult children with developmental disabilities become more independent founded Palm Beach Habilitation Center (PBHC). First operating from a modest clubhouse room provided by the Lantana Lions Club, in 1960, the Center moved to Lake Worth and set up operations on 14.5 acres donated by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.
Over the years, the Palm Beach Habilitation Center’s scope broadened to include services for adults with physical and emotional disabilities. By 1995, the number of people served by the PBHC had increased from 38 to over 350. Today PBHC provides comprehensive services to more than 700 individuals with developmental, emotional, and physical disabilities.
The primary emphasis of all training and programs continues to be on maximizing the independence of each person served – vocationally, socially and emotionally. Since 1959, more that 10,000 people with disabilities served by PBHC have achieved community employment .
We are a private, nonprofit agency whose primary funding is obtained from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Education/Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, School District of Palm Beach County, Town of Palm Beach United Way, United Way of Palm Beach County, foundations, and donations from individuals.
Twenty-percent of our revenue is generated from sales and contracts for services procured through a competitive bid process, managed by PBHC, and performed by our clients. The Crew2U provides employment for individuals with disabilities to perform janitorial services, refuse collection and grounds maintenance at work sites located in Palm Beach County. Production “Instant Factory” for companies that include Southern Wine and Spirits, Signal Safe and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores are performed on campus by a supervised, skilled workforce.