Our History

The “Prescott” Story

Work experience at Stadacona

Work experience at Stadacona

The Early Years

The “Prescott Group” story begins in 1962. We have grown and evolved greatly over our 50 year history. Beginning with a small activity centre housed in the old St. Mary’s Basilica Hall on Barrington Street serving ten clients with the support of two employees and parent volunteers, we are now able to offer employment opportunities, training and services to over 170 clients. By 1970 we were working with 18 clients under the name of Adult Services Centre. Our activities included rug hooking, packaging seeds and Christmas cards and producing crafts for the Atlantic Winter Fair. The 1970’s brought continued growth – we operated out of two centres, one on Oxford Street and one on Windsor Street, with new services such as job placement and a new business called Sunshine Catering, now known as Fireside Kitchen.

The Transition Years – the 1980’s

The Halifax Adult Services Centre

The Halifax Adult Services Centre

In 1981, we moved to a new home on Prescott Street in north end Halifax. This move enabled the expansion of all our programs and services. The kitchen program expanded to include both training and production kitchens. Atlantic Bag Manufacturers continued to expand, reaching new customers and eventually moving into an annexed building of its own.

Victorian Christmas at Citadel Hill

Victorian Christmas at Citadel Hill

In 1986, we renewed our focus by developing individual vocational programs built on the goals and aspirations of each client. To further our goal of assisting clients in reaching their full potential and gaining employment independence, we initiated the supported work model of employment which eventually evolved into our present day Employment Services.

Modern History – the 1990’s to present day

On March 23, 1990, a new Society was formed called the Halifax Adult Services Society. From this point on we became our  own entity separate from the Canadian Association for Community Living (Halifax Branch). The 1990’s marked a decade of both opportunities and challenges. Working with over 100 clients, we expanded the operations of Fireside Kitchen, Atlantic Bag Manufacturers and our Mailing Services department in the face of operational and financial challenges during the worldwide recession.

We also started taking a strategic approach to thinking about who we were and what we wanted to become.  As part of this on-going process, we took on some huge tasks including:

  • Changing our name to Prescott Group in 2001
  • Undergoing an extensive renovation project in 2005
  • Expanding our programs to provide service to 172 clients
  • Renewing our mission and values statements
Our New Name

Our New Name

Over the years, we have continued with efforts to raise the funds needed to support and develop the talents of our clients. With the support and encouragement of our extended family – community, donors, sponsors, employers and volunteers – staff and clients have successfully raised funds through events such as the annual Christmas Tea and Sale, Walk-a-thons, and Comedy for a Cause just to name a few.

Where We Are Today

Where We Are Today

Commitment to our mission continues to be the cornerstone of everything we do. Today, Prescott Group is working with 170 clients to help them reach their individual aspirations and employment goals. We have developed and expanded programs to meet the needs and objectives of our clients. In partnership with over 25 local businesses and organizations and with the support of our employment service, clients are experiencing successful careers in diverse and challenging fields such as office administration, custodial and building maintenance, day care, food services, interdepartmental mail services, manufacturing, retail and shipping.

In 2016-2017, we are moving forward with our new 5-year strategic plan as we face new challenges and economic pressures. Prescott Group is our people – our clients, our staff, our Board, our sponsors, donors and volunteers and our community. We are confident that together we will be able to meet any and all challenges with determination, passion and commitment!