Pathfinder, Inc. is a non-profit corporation, incorporated in August of 1971, with an initial enrollment for the year of 6 students in a preschool program. The licensing agent was Mental Retardation Development Disabilities Services (MR-DDS). As awareness of the services available in the Jacksonville area increased, Pathfinder was approached by a group of concerned parents to make services available to their adult disabled dependents.
The professed goal of Pathfinder is to provide parents and individuals with the option of remaining at home or in the community, rather than seeking institutionalization. Pathfinder, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors selected from a broad community base. We are committed to the Non-Discriminatory Delivery of Services and are an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Board of Directors realized the need for a comprehensive array of services and developed the long-term goal of providing services from infant throughout life within the community setting. Pathfinder, Inc. developed a pilot project for MR-DDS and the Division of Employment Development in 1979. This project demonstrated the feasibility of relocating institutionalized individuals within the community by providing skills training in the world of work as well as self-help living skills training. The project was very successful.
In July of 1989 Pathfinder, Inc. opened an ICF/DD in Cabot and has since opened nine more around the state. The homes have 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a living-activity room, kitchen and service area. The facilities are home to ten individuals who have chosen to live in the community.
Currently Pathfinder, Inc. operates 10 ICF/IIDs housing 104 individuals, 4 supervised apartment complexes serving 16 individuals, 6 group homes serving 32 individuals, 6 apartment complexes serving 120 individuals and 7 workshops which serve approximately 1600 individuals.