Approximately twelve years ago, a group of family members who had a disabled adult loved one realized there was a need for some type of program where their family members could meet and continue to learn and reinforce some of the skills needed for them to live more independently. They began meeting in small, public facilities where space was donated for a few hours a day with the parents/caregivers providing the instruction. The building pictured to the left was used from 1996 through 2003. They soon realized there were more and more individuals in need of this program. This led to a search for a permanent home, paid professionals to teach and vans to provide transportation needed to not only come to the program, but also to go out into the community for hands-on experiences.

After moving several times over the years, in 2003 the A.F.I.R.E. Board of Directors was finally able to purchase and renovate their own facility through a community development block grant. The building pictured to the right is the current facility for A.F.I.R.E. of Pasco County, Inc. Today our program still reflects the original concept envisioned by the parents and caregivers who began A.F.I.R.E. in the loving and caring atmosphere that is given to our individuals.