The educational program will be producing a new segment...
MIAMI, Sept. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Viewpoint, the acclaimed educational program hosted by the screen and stage actor Dennis Quaid, is excited to announce a collaboration with the Pioneer Center for Human Services, a 65-year-old non-profit organization, located in McHenry, Illinois. Together, they are creating a compelling new episode that will shine a spotlight on the remarkable community service and impact aimed at improving the lives of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and addressing the challenges and needs faced by this vulnerable population.
Scheduled to commence in October 2023, this episode of Viewpoint will offer an intimate look into the work of the Pioneer Center team. The program will showcase the unwavering commitment to positively impact the lives of the individuals served. Pioneer Center for Human Services is a beacon of hope in their region offering support programs for individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Health, and Homeless Service needs. Highlighting these efforts are entirely conducive to Viewpoint's mission to educate consumers nationally on critical stories in their communities.
The co-occurrence of developmental disabilities and behavioral health issues among individuals experiencing homelessness is a significant concern. Addressing these complex needs requires a holistic and integrated approach that includes access to stable housing, mental health services, substance use treatment, and supports tailored to individuals with developmental disabilities. Efforts to provide comprehensive care and reduce homelessness among this population are crucial for improving their overall well-being.
The Viewpoint episode will feature interviews with Pioneer Center's dedicated staff as well as a client, who will share their experiences, challenges, and success stories. The program aims to raise awareness about the importance of Intellectual and Developmental Disability programs and services, as well as the critical need for community involvement in improving the lives of this vulnerable population.
"Our tagline "Passion to Serve. Commitment to Care." says it all. At Pioneer Center, our mission is to help people live dignified lives of well-being, independence, and inclusion," said Frank Samuel, CEO. "At the time of our inception in 1958, families were told that individuals with developmental disabilities should be institutionalized. In response, Pioneer Center led the way in creating positive futures to learn and grow."
Viewpoint's commitment to educational and inspirational content aligns perfectly with Pioneer Center's vision to create a culture where each person is valued and given equal opportunity. By spotlighting their work, the episode will undoubtedly inspire viewers to engage in meaningful community efforts and support organizations like Pioneer Center.
"Viewpoint wanted to feature an organization in Illinois that has a long history of making a difference in the IDD community", stated a representative of Viewpoint. "Pioneer Center was selected because of their mission of inclusion, and helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live a dignified life of well-being and independence. Empowering people to live out their hopes and dreams, build relationships, make life choices and develop competence skills and contribute back to the community".
The episode will be distributed nationally. Viewers can look forward to a moving and informative episode that highlights the incredible potential for positive change when a community comes together.
History of Pioneer Center for Human Services- In 1958, a local mother wanted more for her 7-year-old daughter Sandy Huff who was born with Down syndrome. Verona Huff, Sandy's mom, dared to dream of the opportunity for education and an enriching life for her child. Alongside her, a small group of parents bonded together to create the first day school program in McHenry County for individuals with developmental disabilities. That act of determination led to what has become Pioneer Center for Human Services.
SOURCE Viewpoint with host Dennis Quaid