Pioneer Center continues to adapt and serve our community during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. The safety and wellness of those we serve, our staff and our community are all top priorities. We continue to closely monitor and follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, McHenry County Department of Health, Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Human Services. Important Pioneer service updates will continue to be posted on our web page.
Pioneer Center services are made possible by the generosity and support of our community. During the pandemic crisis, we have an urgent need for financial support to keep our important community programs operating and to best serve our community. Please see our “Give” website link to learn how you can help.
Although we are all dealing with a high level of stress, anxiety and uncertainty, we are confident that our collective strength, care and hope will get us through and we will persevere!
The Pioneer Center team loves our community, and we dedicate all our energy to keeping our community well.
Developmental Disabilities – Our group homes continue to operate 24/7 and our staff are well-trained to provide our residents with a safe and healthy environment. A complete reopening of the Day Center is in our plans for the future.
Homelessness – Our McHenry County PADS emergency homeless shelter continues to operate and is serving new clients, while following the current Illinois regulations.
Behavioral Health – Our Behavioral Health Services are providing online tele-health therapy for our current clients and others throughout the community. We continue to respond 24/7 to youth who have runaway and young adults 18-23 who are homeless. Please reach out if you or somebody you know needs help.
Pioneer Center update: On-site Mask Wearing – 05/18/2021
There has been recent questions about mask wearing (local and country-wide) and how it relates to fully vaccinated individuals in non-healthcare and healthcare settings. Pioneer Center has reviewed these recommendations, specifically from IDPH. Due to the nature of our business (serving clients at day programs, group homes, therapy services and the homeless shelter), we will continue to follow and require staff, clients and visitors to wear masks while at any Pioneer Center location. In addition to continued mask wearing, we will continue to require that temperatures be taken, handwashing and social distancing when possible.
The continued safety, health and well-being of our staff, clients and visitors remains paramount. We have navigated safely through the pandemic and continue to take a conservative approach when following COVID-19 protocols. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: (815) 344-1230 or [email protected] .
IDD Day Services Program update – 06/12/2020
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has issued a memo extending the closure of Community Day Services (Day Programs) in Illinois. In accordance with that, Pioneer Center Day Programs will remain closed through at least August 31, 2020. We are preparing to re-open, but please understand that this is the most recent communication from DDD, and this date may be extended. With businesses and activities opening in the State, we recognize that there are many unique challenges associated with our programs and therefore, approval to re-open our programs may be later. Our primary focus is to plan and organize a safe opening for our staff and clients.