A Message From the CEO

  • “Our differences are the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate them every day.”
    —  Author Unknown

    Thank you for visiting the Quest, Inc. website.

    The genesis of the Quest story arose from the simple desire of parents seeking to ensure meaningful work opportunities for their children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  This wish to support their children evolved and continues to progress to this day.  The result is a place with unique and specialized services for children and adults which allows them to achieve and to feel valued and supported- not bullied, ridiculed, outcast or abused, but celebrated for their respective abilities. 

    For over 50 years, Quest has supported Central Floridians with developmental and intellectual disabilities by offering choices and opportunities to live, learn, work and play. Quest’s mission, through quality and innovation, is to build communities where people with disabilities achieve their goals.

    Quest offers a wide range of services and support for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Our company can be a valuable resource by providing a safe place to call home, quality long term care, education, therapy and early intervention services for children, employment for youth and adults and a place for retreat and respite.  In addition to our traditional services, we continue to be at the forefront of building communities where everyone is appreciated. Our newest venture, Quest Village, is a 48 unit residential community located on Woodbury Road near the exceptional Waterford Lakes area in East Orlando, Florida, that will provide easy access to healthcare, employment, entertainment, transportation and education.

    Whether you are a family or individual in need of our support and offerings or an organization who is willing to support the individuals we serve by providing employment or engaging our Business Services group, the team at Quest looks forward to assisting you.  Finally, if you are a donor or volunteer that wants to make a significant impact here in your community, please contact us. We welcome the opportunity for your time, talent and treasure to benefit the individuals served by Quest.

    John R. Gill President | CEO

Our History

On July 1, 1994, the Central Florida Sheltered Workshop and Life Concepts merged – forming Quest, Inc., the largest nonprofit service provider to individuals with developmental disabilities in Central Florida.

The Central Florida Sheltered Workshop was founded in 1962 by a group of parents to ensure meaningful work opportunities for their children with developmental disabilities once formal education from the public school system was complete. Life Concepts, Inc. was founded in 1980 to provide residential and rehabilitative services to children and adults with disabilities who had previously lived in large state institutions.

For over 50 years, Quest, Inc. has transformed the lives of thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities. From humble beginnings of a single location serving eight individuals, to todays 26 locations, serving over 1,000 individuals each day in Orlando and Tampa, we continue to build communities where people with development disabilities achieve their goals to live, learn, work and play.

  • What Team Members Say

    “There's a lot of people that contributed to it: it's the individuals we serve, it's our board members, staff and all the special people we have. It's your responsibility to make it a better world.”

    KATIE CEO Emeritus / Quest, Inc.
  • What Parents Say

    “My daughter loves it. She loves the staff because they take good care of all of the campers that go there. She starts preparing to go back to camp the day I pick her up! I feel very comfortable; she’s safe and I’m satisfied.”

    MARY Parent / Quest's Camp Thunderbird
  • What Team Members Say

    “The work environment at Quest is one that is unparalleled. Fellow employees are always willing to help and inspiration is constantly provided by leadership.”

    MICHELLE Marketing and Communications Coordinator / Quest, Inc.