About Our Story

Our goal is to help adults with disabilities reach their full potential; and for 40 years, HabCenter has helped men and women from Palm Beach and Broward counties do just that.  

Clients at the HabCenter are producing high-tech electronics and horticulture and winning awards at the same time.

We supply commercial customers and 33 cities including Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miami Beach, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Coral Gables, with flowering plants.

The journey of HabCenter began with local families who were concerned about the future of their loved ones with special needs.

In the 1970s, vocational training was offered at the far end of Palm Beach County, but local families in Boca Raton and other nearby areas found it difficult to send their family members due to the distance. Fortunately, in the year 1973, HabCenter’s 12 acres of land on Boca Rio Road was donated by the Palm Beach County Commission. 

Funding for the building was provided by area residents and governmental agencies, and in 1978, the HabCenter opened its doors to all adults with disabilities.

Since 1978, HabCenter has successfully stayed true to its mission with the support of dedicated and hardworking board members, staffs, volunteers, families and donors.  Currently, HabCenter is helping over 200 clients with the tools they need to live a life with respect, dignity and independence.

At the Habilitation Center we focus on a person’s abilities and not their disabilities.

Meet The Team

Bob DiRocco
Executive Director

Bob is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Florida State University. He spent the early years of his career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers where he enhanced his knowledge of accounting, systems and operations while, examining large multi-national corporations as well as smaller local enterprises. He subsequently transitioned his career into private enterprise where, for over a decade, he served in Controllership/CFO capacities for both privately and publicly held corporations. Mr. DiRocco was attracted to The Habilitation Center for the Handicapped because of its mission.

Kimberly Galloway Gordon
HR Manager

Kimberly helps to maintain the accounting records in a manner that is in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles, and procedures. She oversees all AP, AR, Bank Reconciliations, P&L Statements, Purchasing, Inventory, and EOM Financial Reporting. She is also responsible for all of the payroll and human resource duties for the Habilitation Center.

Linda Cooke
Director of Manufacturing Services

Linda Cooke is the Director of Manufacturing with HABCO Manufacturing and the Habilitation Center.

Prior to the Center, she spent several years in the defense industry working with Fortune 500 companies Computer Products, Inc.and Gould, Inc., Computer Systems Division where she served as Director of Contracts, Supply Logistics Management and Manufacturing. Customers included the Boeing Company, General Dynamics, United Technologies, Inc. and NASA.

Linda was selected by Florida Trend Magazine as a 2008 Trendsetter for her work in areas of economic development and workforce education. She was also honored by the American Electronics Association as High Tech Executive of the Year. She served two terms as a Gubernatorial Appointee under Governor Bush on the Board of Directors of Workforce Florida and held the position of Chair, High Skills/High Wages. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Class XXII.

Linda served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, she was selected for the Chamber’s highest award, the Chair’s Award and in 2015, the Carolyn Michael’s Leadership Award. She is a Member of the Board of Governors for NSU Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Pam Brown
Director of Social Services

Pam graduated as a teacher from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her journey took her to Nassau, Bahamas, where she taught at St. Andrews School for 16 years. She then settled in Boca Raton and returned to school, receiving her Masters in Social Work, and also becoming a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Pam interned at the HabCenter and embraced the thought of working there permanently. She was so excited to be offered the position of Director of Social Services when she graduated. She looks forward every day to working with the Center’s clients. The Center’s internship programs are managed by Pam and she has been honored for her work with interns. Pam lives in Boca Raton with her husband and has two amazing daughters, son-in-laws, and three delicious little grandsons.

David Louden
QA/MFG Engineer

David is a graduate from Napier University ( Edinburgh) with a BS in Electrical Engineering
and also in Operations Management. He is a member of the British Institute of Management
and an Associate Member of the Institute of Industrial Management.
David’s prior experience in the United States was with Rodime Systems, Caledonian Technologies,
and Syquest Technologies. He also served as Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University.
David has successfully led the Center through certifications in ISO9001, AS9100C, along with
Certifications in Hand Soldering, crimping and cellular Phone Repair.
David joined the Center in 1998. His extensive experience in both engineering and quality management
Systems was timely as the Center transitioned into the tech business.