Finding VOICE Through Tragedy

By Sarah Mathe It’s hard to imagine that the 28-year old woman sitting across from me, full of energy and life, found it difficult to speak. The morning of Thursday, August 14, 2008, changed Bridget’s life. She woke up with a rope tied around her neck and a man sexually assaulting her. He bashed her…

Zachary

Andrea and her son, Zachary, came to Pioneer Center the year after he was born. Born with multiple disabilities, caring for Zachary was overwhelming. The sheer number of doctor appointments and the life expectancy diagnosis placed on her son were a constant source of worry and stress. Through her work over the past few years…

Buddyz

You may know Buddyz for their great food and fun atmosphere. But did you know that the McHenry pizza place also offers great opportunities to Pioneer Center clients? Since they opened in September 2010, Buddyz has actively hired clients from Pioneer Center’s Community Employment Services program. In fact, two individuals have worked there since the…

Pioneer Offers Walk-In Admissions at Advocate’s Crystal Lake Outpatient Center

Pioneer Center for Human Services has partnered with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital to offer immediate access to services offered by Pioneer.  In a unique collaboration, Pioneer Center will now offer an admissions center one evening a week, conveniently located within Advocate’s Outpatient Center in Crystal Lake.   There, individuals will receive preliminary evaluations, complete enrollment paperwork,…

Moonlight & Music Breaks Record

A little bit of rain…ok, a lot of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the over 250 people who celebrated with Pioneer Center at this year’s Moonlight & Music event.  Although the outdoor concert became an indoor party…it was the organization’s most successful event ever—raising more than $140,000! This year’s attendees were treated to a…