About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure that Sarasota County-based non-profit organizations can continue to serve special needs children in our community in rent free facilities.

Our History

It Started As A Dream....


  • 1985

    Construction of a living center for United Cerebral Palsy - Now occupied by The Florida Center in Sarasota
  • 1987

    Construction of the original Child Development Center in Sarasota (now known as The Florida Center) and construction of an addition to the Loveland Center in Venice
  • 1990

    Construction of a third building on The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
  • 1991

    Addition to The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
  • 1994

    Addition to The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
  • 1996

    Construction of a Group Home at Community Haven and Construction of a Hydro-Therapeutic Pool at Oak Park School in Sarasota
  • 1997

    Construction of a playground area at The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
    Phase 1 construction of The Florida Center’s Venice Campus
  • 1999

    Construction of the Gene Whipp Training Center for Special Athletes in Venice
  • 2000

    Completion of a “State of the Art” Running Track for Sarasota County Special Olympics in Venice Dedication of The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus in honor of Hollis Tucker, Jr.
  • 2001

    Dedication of The Florida Center’s Venice Campus in honor of Ronald Foxworthy
  • 2002

    Dedication of the Cal Erb Building at The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
  • 2006

    Ground breaking and construction of a new “green” building for The Florida Center in North Port
  • 2008

    Completion and dedication of the John T. Stafford Campus & Kevin Brown Building at The Florida Center’s North Port Campus
  • 2009

    Maintenance and repairs to The Florida Center’s Campus locations in Sarasota, Venice & North Port
  • 2010

    Maintenance and repairs to The Florida Center’s Campus locations and Sarasota County Special Olympics facilities
  • 2011

    Replacement of a new roof on an adult training facility at Community Haven
  • 2012

    Playground renovations, installation of new sun shade & renovations to Community Haven’s toddler room
    Playground, kitchen and other major improvements at Children First’s Venice Campus
  • 2013

    Renovation of a multi-sensory room for individuals with autism, and other severe disabilities, at Loveland Center’s Venice Campus
    Playground renovations & necessary repairs at The Florida Center’s North Port Campus
  • 2014

    Replacement of multiple air conditioning units at various campus locations
    Playground renovation and installation of a sun shade at The Florida Center’s North Port Campus. Replacement of drainage gutters at The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
    Installation of a security entrance gate at Community Haven
  • 2015

    Purchase of a new equipment van for sarasota County Special Olympics. Parking lot repairs at The Florida Center’s Sarsaota campus location.
  • 2016

    Construction of maintenance building at Loveland Village in Venice
    Improvements to The Florida Center campus in North Port
    Purchase and installation of playground equipment for infants & toddlers at Children First's Sarasota campus
    Purchase and installation of new equipment for a multi-sensory room at The Haven in Sarasota
    Upgrade to FPL power system at Venice Airport Festival Grounds
    Remodeling of the Sertoma Speech Clinic in Venice