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Volume 22  |  Issue 7  |  September 2016 
  All of the BASCA Board, Staff, Volunteers and the Individuals we serve have been overwhelming in their support during my first month on board.  Together, we are working to build on the past accomplishments and continue with needed growth and development.  I am very pleased to provide the professional leadership and assistance needed to accomplish the BASCA mission going forward.

  It was my great pleasure recently to be invited to dinner at our Lakeside Villa Group Home.  What a warm welcome and very good meal with all six of the women and the house parents.  There were questions galore and very good conversations all the way around.
Thank you so much-to everyone!

Beth (Hughes) Clark, LCSW
Interim CEO
I came that you may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance, until it overflows.
-John 10:10
9/10/2016 Clay County Veterans Appreciation Day at the Clay County Fairgrounds
9/23/2016  Getting to Know You, Getting to Know BASCA, Club Continental
10/2/2016 Orange Park Farmers Market at Town Hall Park
10/22/2016 4th Annual Chomp 'N Stomp 5K/1mile Run, Walk, & Roll
4/7/2017 SAVE THE DATE 12th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic
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L.I.F.E. Home News
Ladies from Peoria enjoying the pool.
Sitting pool side in the shade.

Peoria Pool Party
Photos and story by Rhonda Bowers

  Last month was hot and this month is hotter! We decided we needed to have one last summer fling. When we were invited as guests to the pool at Victoria at Orange Park Apartments, we immediately and excitedly said "YES". Lily was not able to come with us, but that didn't stop the Peoria Ladies from having some fun! We splashed around in the pool and had a picnic. After our lunch of hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and potato salad we continued to swim all afternoon. We love to have fun in the sun!

"When the working day is done, o h girls, just want to have fun.  Oh girls just want to have fun."   ~ Cyndi Lauper
BASCA's 4th Annual Chomp 'N Stomp 5K/1 Mile Run, Walk, & Roll - October 22, 2016
Are you ready to run, walk or roll? We are!

  BASCA's 4th Annual Chomp 'N Stomp 5K/1 Mile fun run is just around the corner and we are gearing up for another great run. Last year our race location moved to begin and end right in front of our New Campus on the corner of Stowe Avenue and Smith Street in the heart of historic Orange Park. If you were in attendance last year you might have taken a tour and received a sneak peak of what was coming for BASCA. This year you can get the full experience as we open our doors once again for you to see our New Campus all set up, running and providing much needed services to our friends, family and loved ones with special needs.
  Change is ever occurring and we are happy to announce the 2016 Title Sponsor of our Chomp 'N Stomp is Fleming Island Family Dentistry. Dr. Peggy Lessig, BASCA Board Member, has also taken on the challenge of chairing our Chomp 'N Stomp committee and she is committed to growing the event to its fullest potential.
  What else is new and in store for you at this years' event?
  • Door prizes
  • 50/50 drawing
  • And much, much more!
Do you want to get involved?

There is still time to become a sponsor. Claim your sponsorship status by contacting Melissa Stewart via email at or calling our office at (904) 541-1742.

Don't forget to register for the race at:

Want to volunteer? Contact Lucy Conrad by email at or calling our office at (904) 541-1742.

 Remember to mark y our calendars for Saturday, October 22, 2016 to come on down for the Chomp 'N Stomp!
BASCA's Ladies Auxiliary Holds Chance Drawing for Quilts

BASCA's Ladies Auxiliary is holding a chance drawing for quilts made by Sue Clark. You could win one of the two patriotic quilts pictured above!
  • Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20
  • All proceeds benefit the special needs programs at BASCA, Inc.
  • Do not need to be present to win
  • Drawing on Friday, 9/23/2016
Stop by our office at 352 Stowe Avenue in Orange Park to purchase your tickets today!

BASCA's Wish List

Do you have something we could use? Your contribution makes simple everyday activities easier for our participants. Please consider donating one of the items on our wish list.
  • YMCA memberships for house parents
  • BJ's or Sam's club memberships for house parents and Life Skills Development centers
  • Lunch for Life Skills Development centers twice per month
  • Deodorant and other toiletries
  • All types of paper goods
  • Basket ball hoop (2)
  • Swing set
  • Wheel barrow
  • Leaf rakes (2)
  • Garden hose 50 ft (2)
Call our office at (904) 541-1742 to make arrangements for your donation.

Give Back Through

BASCA partners with to make giving easy. Your contribution helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities stay active and continue learning and growing. Current projects are:
  • Creative Learning Center Kilns
  • BASCA Activity Night Furniture

Simply follow the link below, under "Organization" select BASCA, click the "Go" button, and choose a project to support.

To sponsor a piece of this amazing artwork generously donated by local artist Sophie Dentiste and gracing a wall in BASCA's New Campus, 
click HERE then click  INFO to view the selections available.

Thanks to the faithful  and consistent support of friends who make a gift every month to BASCA, we can rely on a steady stream of income to purchase supplies for our group homes, provide  participants with activities such as arts & crafts, and equip our participants with adaptive tools in our vocational shops.
An automatic, monthly gift - charged to your credit card or debit card or debited from your bank account - is the easiest way to give. Some members write a check to BASCA every month when they sit down to pay their bills or have their bank automatically send us a check once a month.
How can monthly giving benefit you?
  • It's rewarding. You'll have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping our brothers and sisters with intellectual and developmental disabilities 365 days a year.
  • It's easy and automatic. You choose the dollar amount.
  • It's flexible and secure. You can increase, decrease, pause or stop your donation at any time.
  • It's convenient. You will receive one, consolidated tax receipt for your donations each January.
What makes monthly giving so valuable to BASCA?
  • It makes a difference. Every month supplies and equipment can be ordered and ready to go for our participants to build their abilities and learn new skills.
  • It's reliable. The program provides a consistent source of funding.
  • It's cost effective. Automatic donations are processed more efficiently and monthly donors receive fewer mailings every year.
How do I become an Abilities Builder?
  • Authorize regular, recurring charges on a credit or debit card. Call the office to assist in setting up your online account through BASCA's online giving site.
  • Mail a check to us every month.
  • Avoid credit card fees and sign up for gifts to be automatically debited from your checking or savings account (also known as ACH) on the 15th of every month. Complete the application on the next page and mail it to us.
For more information contact Melissa Stewart via email at or call our office at (904) 541-1742.

  If you subscribe to our L.I.F.E. Line Newsletter you have heard us enthusiastically talking about our New Campus. Over the course of the last year or two we have purchased and renovated a building to fit all of our growing needs. We began moving in this past January and now moving is complete and we are all under one roof - YAY!!!
Please make sure to update your records with our new mailing address. Here's the new information:

352 Stowe Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32073

Office: 904-541-1742
Fax: 904-278-6686


  We hope you are enjoying the new format of our LIFE Line Newsletter. In order to better serve our family, friends, and loved ones with special needs we will be moving our newsletter to an emailed  digital format. This shift will allow us to better  utilize your generous contributions for direct  support of our participants. Your cooperation in achieving our goals of cost cutting, awareness of BASCA's status, and progress is now requested. If you are receiving a mailed copy or multiple copies, please feel free to call our office at  904-541-1742 or email Melissa at  to discuss your newsletter status. Your continued support means the world to our participants and we heartily thank  you for being such a large part of the BASCA family.

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