Human Services

Quest, Inc.

Updated in partnership with The Central Florida Foundation

Orlando, FL

Mission

Mission Statement: The Quest Team, through quality and innovation, builds communities where people with disabilities achieve their goals. Quest inspires and empowers Central Floridians with disabilities by offering choices and opportunities to learn, live, work and play. Through Quest’s comprehensive family of services, children and adults imagine and achieve their full capabilities. Quest helps people with disabilities as young as 15 months to well over the age of 80 achieve their dream of going to school, having a job, living on their own, and experiencing summer camp.The roots of Quest can be traced to the Central Florida Sheltered Workshop (founded in 1962) and Life Concepts. In 1994, these organizations merged to combine resources and serve a greater number of individuals with disabilities. Our 55 years of experience has shown us that training and quality care provides self-reliance for these children and adults, helping them find independence and hope. Since its inception, Quest has touched the lives of thousands of people with unique needs. Our focus has always been on the person, not the disability.With nearly 166,000 individuals impacted by a disability in Central Florida alone, our vision and our mission have never been more important or relevant. Now at more than 26 locations in Orlando and Tampa, Quest continues to build communities where people with disabilities can achieve their goals. Our 50-plus year history is just the beginning.

Ruling Year

1981

Principal Officer

Mr. John R. Gill

Main Address

P.O. Box 531125

Orlando, FL 32853 USA

Keywords

disabled, autism, employment, residential, recreational

EIN

59-2013160

 Number

8080357557

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

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Education

Quest's Camp Thunderbird

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At Quest, we continue to witness families experience—sometimes for the first time—the feeling of hope for a brighter future. We’ve seen firsthand how new dreams for their loved ones have replaced those that were shattered because of a diagnosis, detection or discovery. Today, Quest helps people with disabilities as young as 15 months to well over the age of 80 achieve their dreams of going to school, having a job, living on their own and experiencing summer camp.  In the next three years we expect to continue to increase our base of volunteers and ambassadors to help in a number of areas, and to increase the amount of scholarships that may assist kids and adults in critical therapy.

Quest hopes to develop strategies for continuing development of our comprehensive services. Quest desires to build upon our success by increasing awareness in the community through a well-developed strategic marketing plan, marketing initiatives and collaborations with state and other outside agencies and organizations.
 
To ensure that we are furthering our mission, Quest continues to employ an evaluation system of its employees and programs, highlighting our achievements while determining areas that can be improved.  We are further dedicated to pursuing our mission by communicating the importance of staff to become involved in the community through organizational memberships.  This assists in the strategy of having more staff become advocates for our services.  We would like at least half of our organization involved in outside activities in the community, as we feel that this will only enhance their own citizenship in and outside of Quest.

Having been a member of the Central Florida community for over 55 years, Quest has the opportunity to utilize the experience and skill set of its talented employees to enhance its programs’ impact in the community. With quality and innovation, the Quest Team will help to propel the organization to the next level through its expertise in community collaboration, marketing and more.

Some of the indicators of our programs are as follows:
 Our educational programs are consistantly meeting and exceeding social and educational benchmarks which are tailored for each individual person.  With over 100 markers and benchmarks, the educational and behavioral team are more than prepared to answer key questions related to a person's development within the program.   Such questions posed may be:  Are they using more or less support services than before?  Are they consistantly improving in learning areas such as reading and math. 
In our vocational programs we strive to graduate students through our Project SEARCH program and desire to place program graduates into gratifying and successful long-term employment opportunities. 
In our recreational programs, we desire to expand our inclusion program at our Camp to offer more weeks for siblings and students from different schools throughout the area.   We also look at the number of camp slots that were filled in the sessions as an indicator of popularity along with surveyed feedback. 

We're looking forward to seeing the tremendous work of our Ambassadors and Volunteers come to fruition; and to see the advancements that children and adults will make because of the scholarships they receive for our therapy program.We are proud of our business solutions services, and see those areas of social enterprises continuing to expand and serve a large segment of the Central Florida community through a variety of services.  We are excited about talking to other businesses and providing opportunities to benefit from our workforce. 

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation

Affiliations & Memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)

Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center

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Financials

Quest, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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