KBH Enterprises began as an occupational therapy unit within the Baillie Henderson Hospital several decades ago. Some inpatients and some discharged patients were encouraged as part of their 'rehabilitation' work in the K.B.H. workshop, which was a joint project between Karakan and Baillie Henderson Hospital.
As a sheltered workshop from 1980, KBH received funding from the Department of Social Security and later from the Department of Community Services. Karakan employed management and skilled staff and controlled finance and marketing aspects of KBH. To supervise the trainees, the hospital provided nursing staff who understood the supported employees and their illnesses. In this way any inpatients or outpatients of the hospital who were preparing to return to the workforce, could work in a caring environment and also earn some extra money.
At the beginning of 1982 the hospital took over a complex on the hill above Bedford Street for the Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit and for K.B.H. Enterprises. This was a few kilometres away from the main base and was an attractive, new building around which staff and patients soon built a prize winning garden. When it moved to its present location at 11 Grange Street in 1994, Baillie Henderson Hospital relinquished administration to the voluntary Board of Directors for Karakan Hostels - however we maintained the name 'KBH Enterprises'.
After 23 years in the Grange Street location we moved to our new premises at 56 Canning Street Drayton in 2017. Our new home in Drayton allows us to continue to build our supported workforce and offer new opportunities within the Toowoomba community.
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