Thursday, January 10, 2008

Pioneer Center Funding

Are you familiar with Pioneer Center for Human Services? Do you know what it really does or anything about the important segment of McHenry County population that it serves? For information visit

Perhaps you know an individual who receives services at Pioneer Center. Or one who would benefit from services but who currently does not receive them.

Two informational meetings about Pioneer Center’s need for additional funding to serve our County’s developmentally disabled persons will be conducted on January 30 at 4031 Dayton Street, McHenry. Get directions at

Pioneer Center is asking County leaders and concerned citizens to be participants in this effort. The goal is to initiate a 377 Board, a tax levy that could bring in $6.5 million to provide new services.

On Wednesday, January 30, 2008, two meetings will be held; the earlier one will be at 2:00PM and the later one will be at 6:00PM.

Following these informational meetings Pioneer Center will make a presentation at the McHenry County Health and Human Services Committee on February 8, 2008 at 8:15 a.m. This also is a public meeting. The Committee will be asked to request the County Board to vote.

If you are interested in attending one of the meeting listed above, R.S.V.P. to Tracy Champion at 815.759.7112


Jason Clark said...

One minor clarification, the funding would not be exclusively for the Pioneer Center. Although we are clearly the largest provider of services for persons with developmental disabilities, any provider would be able to request funding through the board if passed. I don’t want people to get the impression that it is "Pioneer" seeking the entire funding stream. Just a few examples of other wonderful providers in McHenry County would be, NISRA, Epilepsy Foundation, Family Services, Options & Advocacy, and McCap. Furthermore, there would be opportunities for smaller groups to say open a group home or hire a casemanager.

The Pioneer Center, as the largest provider, is taking the lead in seeking the 377 Board, but if passed would not have any influence on who receives the funding, that would be determined by the County appointed board.

Anonymous said...

No sweat Jason - Gus gets his facts wrong all the time. We're used to it.

Tom S. said...

Do you know Google Maps? Much much better than the tired old MapQuest. Check it out.