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Our History

The Prescott Story

The Early Years

Our story begins in 1962. We started with a small activity centre housed in St. Mary’s Basilica Hall on Barrington Street that served ten clients with the support of two employees and parent volunteers. 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.

The Transition Years – the 1980’s

In 1981, we moved to our current home on Prescott Street. This move enabled the expansion of all our programs and services. Sunshine Catering became Fireside Kitchen and the program expanded to include both training and production kitchens. Atlantic Bag Manufacturers, a business primarily sewing and screenprinting canvas bags  was established.

In 1986, we renewed our focus by developing individual vocational programs built on the goals and aspirations of each client. We initiated the supported work model of employment which eventually evolved into present day Prescott Employment Services.

Modern History – the 1990’s to 2009

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 departments.

In 2001, we changed our name to Prescott Group. Our buildings received an extensive renovation project in 2005 and we established annual fundraisers Tea & Sale and Walk-a-Thon to raise the funds needed to support and develop the talents of clients.

Today & Beyond

Under new leadership (Louis Brill enters Executive Director role in 2017), Prescott launches a new brand in November 2018. Our new brand highlights our creative, innovative and passionate people. Our new logo and motto better reflect who we are and who we strive to be. “Building People, Building Halifax,” highlights how enhancing work and life skills for adults with an intellectual challenge not only helps grow people, but enhances our entire city.

Today, Prescott serves 160+ exceptional clients and employs 40 expert staff. We manage four social enterprises on site: Prescott Bakery (previously known as Fireside Kitchen), Prescott Custom Bags (previously known as Atlantic Bag Manufacturers), Prescott Mailing Services and Prescott Online Auction. We also provide job coaching to support community based employment, life skills and personal development programming.