North Snohomish County Group Home Association, Inc, a private, nonprofit entity was incorporated in 1976 to provide residential care for adults with developmental disabilities. The entity was founded by parents interested in providing a supervised and productive environment for their adult disabled children who were unable to manage their lives effectively without assistance and supervision from others, and to insure a protective residential site when the parents were no longer living.
Parent founders contributed funds to purchase property in Marysville, WA. Other funds were generated from community contributions and grant writing efforts to construct a facility with occupancy in 1979. Twelve persons, ranging in age from 20 to 35 years, became the first residents of the group home known as Quilceda House.
Located in a residential/industrial area, Quilceda House was a three-story building. It was attractive and non-institutional in appearance. The house provided residents a home-like atmosphere with a large kitchen, roomy dining room, and a living room with a fireplace. Residents occupied rooms on the first and second floors. The basement included laundry facilities, a large exercise room, and a recreation room.
Born before the existence of special education programs in public schools, these adults moved to Quilceda House from their parental homes or state funded public institutions for the disabled. While living at Quilceda House, all attended sheltered employment programs, activity day programs, community volunteer sites, or work accompanied by job coaches during the weekdays.
The agency completed requirements with the state of Washington to be licensed as a Group Home Provider and changed its name to Quilceda Residential Services.
Later it became apparent that the three-story building would be a physically inappropriate structure for aging disabled tenants. It was decided to seek funds to build a new single-level residential complex. Property was purchased in a multi-family residential area of Marysville. A studio apartment complex for 19 persons was designed having single and double units.
Through successful granting writing for federal HUD, state, and county dollars, funds were approved with an agreement that the complex, titled Marysville Quilceda Meadows, would provide low-income housing for special needs adults for 50 years. Tenants moved into their studio apartments in 2002.