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INTRODUCTIONQueensCentersforProgresswasfoundedin1950asUnitedCerebralPalsyofQueensbyagroupofparentswhoneededservicesfortheirchildrenwithcerebralpalsy.Theagencysrstservicesweredeliveredfromthebasementofawood-framehouseinQueensnowaffectionatelyreferredtoasthehauntedhouse.Ourrstfullydedicatedbuildingat82-25164thStreetwasconstructedin1958.InitiallyUCPofQueensofferedtherapyandeducationalprogramsforchildrenwithcerebralpalsy.Asthechildrengrewwedoubledthesizeofthebuildingat82-25164Streetin1966tobeginprovidingvocationalservices.AspartofanexpansiontoprovidedayprogrammingforpeoplewhohadbeenlivingininstitutionalsettingsQCPsNatalieKatzRogersTrainingandTreatmentCenterat81-15164thStreetwasbuiltin1974andreectedagreatincreaseinthenumberofadultsneedingvocationalandlife-skillstrainingservices.Inthe1980sasthepeopleweservedagedweaddedservicesforseniorsemphasizingcommunity-basedrecreationandhealtheducationforpeopleofretirementagewithdevelopmentaldisabilities.OurprogramforseniorsisnowknownastheCommunityConnectionsCenter.QCPbeganprovidingresidentialservicesin1979withtheopeningoftheRobertT.GrohResidenceinJamaicaEstates.Thathouseinnowhometoeightseniors.QCPsnextmajorexpansioninthelate1980sinvolvedconstructionofaDayHabilitationsitefor150peopleinBelleroseQueensalongwithveresidenceseachprovidingahomefortenadultswithsignicantdisablingconditions.QCPhassinceopenedthreeIndividualResidentialAlternativehousesinneighborhoodsthroughoutQueens.In2001wechangedournametoQueensCentersforProgress.Whilewecontinuetosupportchildrenandadultswithcerebralpalsyovertheyearsourserviceshavegreatlyexpandedtoincludeawiderrangeofdevelopmentaldisabilitiesandrelatedconditions.QCPnowhasastaffofmorethan600andanannualbudgetofover35millionfundedthroughfederalstateandlocalgovernmentsourcescontractservicesandprivatecontributions.1