The Association began in 1974 through the efforts of the Hay, Johnson and Rymill Families. In 1976 the association was incorporated and registered as a charitable body. In 1983 the South Australian Health Commission assumed responsibility for part of the association's funding. In the following year they funded renovations to the centre, which was located in the old ETSA building on Flinders Parade.
In 2001, grant funding helped establish new, expanded facilities at the current site on Armstrong Road. This included modern machinery in the wood workshop, a garden centre and larger meeting rooms.
Today Encounter Centre Incorporated is a community based charity reliant on our dedicated volunteers who provide help to run a variety of activities , in particular for those living with disability.