History

Prospect traces its roots back to the 1950s and the Rehabilitation Society of Calgary.

The Rehabilitation Society of Calgary was established to provide a social outlet to individuals who sustained injuries in WWII and those impacted by the polio epidemic. Over the years, its mandate expanded to include vocational supports. This resulted in the Society becoming somewhat divided in its purpose and goals. It was decided that a new organization should be formed to assume a vocational mandate.

Calgary Vocational Services Society (CVS) was established in 1987 as a charitable, not-for-profit organization.

For the remainder of the 1980’s, CVS provided facility based work adjustment, assessment, counselling, and employment placement services. But by this time, the clientele had shifted and CVS was primarily serving individuals with mental health issues, mild developmental disabilities, and learning disabilities.

Through the 1990’s, as governments were shrinking, CVS went through significant growth. It expanded its funding base, clientele and overall scope of Service.

In 2003, CVS merged with Calgary Transitions to Independence, an organization committed to supporting the employment and community living needs of adults with developmental disabilities.

In February of 2006, the organization went through a re-branding. Today, operating as Prospect, the organization provides a diverse range of community and employment supports to a variety of client groups, including unemployed and underemployed Albertans, mature (50 years plus) workers, at-risk youth, and people with disabilities.