Gordon and Ellen Naylor began Hatts Off Centre (now Hatts Off) in 1985 with a four bed, parent model facility, which later evolved into a seven bed, staff model treatment home within one year. The business also expanded to include its first foster home laying the groundwork for its long term foster care program.
In 1986, Hatts Off began acquiring homes for foster care and staff model residences. These were created with responsive programming to the needs of the children and youth they were serving. Through experience, greater capacity was developed by staff to handle more complex clients with higher levels of needs. Different types of therapy, such as art and play, were added to assist children and youth in their treatment and adjustment. As younger clients became adults, we recognized a greater need for adult services and expanded our services offered to include support to older teenagers and adults, through our residential, brain injury, and semi-independent living homes.
Hatts Off’s commitment to its key principle of serving those under its care resulted in a growing reputation for being able to handle and treat complicated cases. As this reputation grew and as more and more agencies made referrals, a continuum of service was established, allowing Hatts Off to accommodate all clients according to their needs and to help them move to the least intrusive environment for their growth and development.