Archive for October, 2015


Radio Broadcast Highlights Transitional Employment

Check out the podcast from this morning’s Sounding Board from WBEX to learn more about transitional services and employment opportunities for students at Pioneer. Any business in the community can participate. It’s a true win-win situation! For more information contact Art Nickles at or by phone at 740-774-6970.


The Fin in Finance


Kim Large, a Senior Licensed Personal Banker from WesBanco in Chillicothe, became a familiar face this fall at The Pioneer Center. Ms. Large has been stopping by on Wednesday afternoons to teach a finance class to a group of 10 adults who are served by Pioneer. The 7-class series serves to assist adults with developmental disabilities by helping them better maintain their finances and thereby obtain greater independence. This week marked the last of the series, with all of the participants graduating and receiving a certificate of completion.

The classes cover important financial basics such as balancing check books, depositing money, writing checks, and understanding bank statements. Participants also learn how to keep credit in good standing, avoiding fraud, and practicing good financial decision making.

Ms. Large conducts classes for many different groups across central-Ohio to teach people about personal finance and savings. Participants’ ages range from 5 to 50, and the financial topics covered reach across a similarly broad base.

One agenda item covered for this specific group was a discussion of representative payees. A representative payee is a person or an organization appointed to receive Social Security or SSI benefits for anyone who can’t manage or direct the management of his or her benefits. The main benefit of not having a representative payee, aside from the financial one ($39 or less per month), is gaining financial independence.

Kim explained that she typically starts out her classes with fact-finding, or “getting a feel for your crowd, to see what level they’re at” as she puts it.

“Some are very advanced, while others struggle with the concept of a statement,” said Kim. It’s not all button-down business though, as I learned when I stopped in to the second class. “They’re fun,” she said. “Especially when you see that the lightbulb goes off. The students are always smiling and interactive. It’s a positive environment. They’re just good people.”

If you are interested in Ms. Large visiting a group you’re affiliated with, you can contact her at 740-422-7443. For more information on the Pioneer Finance Program, please contact Patrick McFadden at 740-773-8044.


Tennis Clinic with CHS

Students from Pioneer met with their CHS counterparts yesterday at the Chillicothe Fitness & Racquet Club for a tennis clinic put on by Janet Disbennet, Head Coach for CHS’s Girls’ Tennis Team. The students were led by Aaron Koch, Director of Tennis at the club, who made his rounds helping the students learn the game.
Pioneer students were taught various techniques by their friends at CHS, including how to hold their racquets, and how to get the balls they hit to land where they want. After their lessons, the CHS teams ran through a couple of drills, showing them how they play the game.
CHS encourages each of their sports teams to do at least one community project a year. The CHS Track & Field teams have hosted Pioneer students for several years, helping to prepare them for the Regional Special Olympics. The Pioneer Center would like to sincerely thank the coaches, student athletes, and the entire CHS Athletics Community for their continued support and generosity.

Family Advisory Council

Check out the next Family Advisory Council meeting. It provides a great opportunity to learn about what is going on at the state-level with changes to the DD system, and provides a good platform for parents to share information and ask questions of the leadership from the DODD.

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FCE Chicken Noodle Meal

Chicken Noodle Dinner