The Day Center is the first and only year-round daytime facility in McHenry County for homeless individuals. The Center provides an array of services including:

Crisis Intervention and Case Management

  • Needs assessment, benefits and documentation acquirement.
  • Coordination of services
  • An address to receive mail
  • Lockers for temporary storage
  • Hot meals

Life Skills Building

  • Classes on budgeting, anger management, grooming, shopping and more
  • Job training and counseling
  • A resource room with a computer and a printer to work on job-seeking skills

Studies indicate that for every $1 spent on homelessness prevention $4 is saved in the long term because emergency services did not have to be used.

Transitional Living Home

Individuals who are working their way out of homelessness benefit from a stable living environment. Our transitional home has the ability to host up to 20 homeless individuals. Occupants of the home may include single individuals, intact families and single parent families. The goal of transitional home is to build a “homelike” setting and provide the residents with the life skills needed to succeed. Skills taught include budgeting, goal planning, job training and time management. The layout of the home includes a community kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry facilities and a resource room that contains a computer used for job searches and research.

Transportation Services

Lack of reliable transportation is often a barrier to people working their way out of homelessness. McHenry County PADS provides transportation assistance in two forms:

  • Travel vouchers, train tickets or bus passes can be provided to individuals that have access to public transportation
  • Two 15-passenger vans offer rides to the Day Center, emergency shelter sites, job interviews, social service agencies or medical appointments

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Pioneer Center utilizes WRAP to assist in the process of recovery, getting well, and staying well, and becoming who you want to be.  A WRAP can be helpful in adapting to challenges individuals have in their life.  It is a self-directed plan anyone can use as a personal guide to daily living.  It focuses on self-help, recovery and long-term stability.  A WRAP begins with a “wellness toolbox” filled with simple, safe ideas to help an individual feel good, stay well and even feel between when the going is hard. Using these wellness tools, a WRAP can also guide you through a process of identifying:

  • What you are like at your best
  • What you need to do every day to stay well
  • Things that may upset you (triggers) and what you can do if these things happen
  • Early warning signs that you are not feeling well and things you can do to help yourself feel better
  • Signs that things are getting worse and things you and/or your supporters can do to help you feel better
  • Signs that you may be experiencing a crisis and things your supporters can do in that situation
  • What to do after a crisis has ended to help you recover your wellness