Expanded Child & Family Therapy Services Opens in Woodstock

Pioneer Center provides a wealth of benefits to the McHenry community and the surrounding area.  In addition to helping people experiencing homelessness and providing services for individuals with a developmental disability, Pioneer Center offers behavioral health services. Our youth services … Continued

Drop-In Services Provide Respite for Caregivers

While being a caregiver for a developmentally disabled person is rewarding, it’s a role that may only provide short breaks, if any at all.  Sometimes caregivers need time to themselves to recharge, or to run errands and take care of … Continued

Our “Me Program” Is Famous — watch our new video!

The Me Program, a part of our developmental disability services, was the focus of a recently created video that takes a quick glimpse into what goes on in this unique program. Check it out! 

Two New Events to Benefit Pioneer Center

We are excited to be hosting two brand new events in the coming months… On March 3, we will be having a fun-filled Get Your Game On…BINGO Night at Galati’s Hideaway in Cary.  Tickets for this event are $20 and come … Continued

Notes from the Inside

Take a look at what’s been going on and what’s coming up soon in our day programs including the Autism Program, Bridges, DT, DT2 and Soar. This collection of updates comes from Kelly Zimmerman our Day Program Coordinator. Autism Program … Continued

CARE Respite Program Offers Drop-In Services

Our CARE Program offers parents and/or caregivers the opportunity to bring their child or adult to a five-hour program full of activities based on their loved one’s specific needs and interests. Center-based activities include arts and crafts, music, dance, videos and … Continued

AMC Movie Theatres Offer Sensory-Friendly Options

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where they turn the lights up and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Check out local theatres for … Continued

Special Olympics Team Goes Gold!

Pioneer Center’s Special Olympics team earned GOLD at their basketball tournament! As always, the clients, staff and coaches had a blast! Even happy tears were shed from the excitement of winning! • The Pioneer Hurricanes took 4th place in division … Continued

January’s Community Inclusion Efforts

The start of the new year was a powerful beginning of community time for our clients, indeed!  Clients enjoyed many hours in the county serving by volunteering, participating in Special Olympics events, library groups, going to see new movies, working … Continued

Meet Becca Nikolai

Meet Becca Nikolai, a QIDP in our Me Program.  We asked her five questions so you can get to know and love her just as much as we do! What is your background?  Where do you come from? My family … Continued