In the early eighties, there was a movement throughout Saskatchewan to have those needing special care relocated from "institutions" and integrated into mainstream society. One of the suggestions was to develop workplaces where the individuals could find meaningful occupation. The Kinsmen Club of the day embraced the concept and committed to developing a facility that would serve that need in the area surrounding Moosomin.  The larger community was behind the project and the Kinsmen met with Social Services to lay the ground work for the operational model and administrative protocols that would ensure long term success of a viable organization and business.

There were many challenges to overcome, but the Kinmen were very proud of their involvement in the project, feeling they had changed lives for the better through providing employment and support opportunities in the local community.   Pipestone Kin-Ability was fully incorporated in Dec of 1981 and the organization quickly grew to become an intricate member of the community.  The first “training centre” opened in February of 1984 located in Moosomin’s “old liquor store” on South Front Street (currently Shirley’s Kneedles and Knots).  At that time plans were already under way for the construction of a group home and the Bryant House residence was opened in 1985. 

Original programs at the training centre consisted of cutting stakes for the Department of Highways, building wooden pallets, and other items, as well as making plastic flowers for decorating car-tops for weddings and parades. 

In 1988, Pipestone Kin-Ability purchased a 9.6 acre parcel of land from the town of Moosomin.  This was the site of the former Moosomin abattoir which had been destroyed by fire earlier in the year.  The new building, approximately 8400 square feet, was opened in the fall of 1988, providing space for activities, woodworking and a SARCAN depot.

A second group home, Pipestone Place, was opened in 1992; and a stand-alone Eco-Centre for oil recycling was built.  Later in 2002 a stand along SARCAN was completed, allowing the SARCAN to move out of the main building and providing more space there for programs.   In 2013, the SARCAN was expanded once again to accommodate a growing number and variety of products recycled provincially. 

In 1997, it was recognized that a commercial laundry could benefit the community, provide a cleaner and safer work environment and sustainable employment for many of the individuals in the "training centre".  A major renovation was completed and a commercial laundry opened.  A long term contract with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health District has resulted in an extremely successful endeavour for all parties. 

Over the years programs have come and gone – including a driving range and a thrift store.  The programs and business are all researched to meet the evolving needs of the individuals supported by PKC. 

Today the primary focus of the agency remains the participants, ensuring person centered plans for each individual are developed and implemented to ensure employment, educational, and quality of life goals are achieved.   Participants live, work and volunteer in the community, not just present physically, but are seen and a part of the larger community and missed when they are not there.

This is the legacy that PKC wishes to provide for all adults with disabilities.