Pathway Agency History
  • April 9, 1964 The Concept of Pathway Was Born

    On April 9, 1964, a small group of parents and several area professionals met to discuss the future of their children with developmental disabilities. These parents wanted the same educational opportunities for their children as everyone else. However, due to the children’s intellectual deficit, there were no classes available in the public school system.

  • June 15, 1964 Pathway’s 1st Program

    June 15, 1964 began the first Program at Jefferson School, a 5-Week Summer Session under the direction of William Walsh, a teacher of educable mentally handicapped students in School District #117. The budget was $575.

  • July 1, 1964 Parents Align To Start School

    Parents desire for their child to have an educational experience in a trainable class was their ultimate goal. Thus began the formation of alliance of parents to start their own school — Pathway School.

  • September 10, 1964 School In Session & First Director Designated

    Due to the growth of students, on September 28, 1964, classes continued, but in the educational room at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church. Funding was awarded by the Department of Mental Health. The first Director, Pat Rooker, was hired on September 10, 1964.

  • 1964 To Present AMBUCS

    AMBUCS Annual Donation 1964 To Present

  • Early 1965 Pathway School Enrollment

    Initially 17 children were enrolled in services at the school.

  • June 1965 Word spread quickly about the services.

    In June 1965, Ivan Garrison, Director of Special Services for District #117, announced the beginning of a new TMH program at Pathway beginning in September 1965. At the 1965 Christmas Party, sixty-five individuals were in attendance. It quickly became apparent that additional space would be required.

  • September 1967 Admin Offices Move

    By September 1967, the Pathway School and Administrative Offices moved to the Congregational Church for additional space.

  • 1967 Lunchtime at Pathway School

    Lunch was prepared and served “family-style”. Individuals help with setting the table, beverages and clean up.  

  • February 1968 Physical Therapy Services Made Available

    Starting in February 1968, Glenda Hooker provided Physical Therapy services.

  • November 1969 Day Program Expands

    November 1969 Workshop Opportunities added to Day Programming

  • November 21, 1976 Pathway School Moves To A New Building

    Fall 1976 — Moved into new building 767 South West Dedication / Open House — November 21, 1976

  • April 1981 JAARC Opens First Residential Homes

    April 1981, JAARC opened the first of two (2) residential homes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Today in 2020, Pathway Services operates ten (10) homes in Jacksonville, IL, and one (1) home in Springfield, IL. An opportunity for individuals to be a part of a neighborhood and citizens of the community.

  • 1980’s Honoring 10 Years of Employment

    Honoring 10 years of employment at our local college – IC Dining Hall

  • 1980’s Musical Practice

    Musical Practice “That’s What America Means to Me”

  • April 9th 1989 JAARC 25 Year Anniversary

    JAARC celebrates its 25 years in operation. Current directors include Pat Rooker, Michael Hurt, Mary Riemann, Tim Monahan, Nancy Mawson and Becky McGinnis.

  • 1990 Pathway Chime Choir

    Organized in 1990, the Chime Choir provided the opportunity for a new challenge for the individuals to develop new skills, increase their attention, commitment, responsibility and community interaction.

  • September 13, 2012 Pathway Moves Campus

    Early 2011 Pathway purchased the former Kmart building at 1905 West Morton and renovations began later that year. On September 13, 2012, we moved off the campus of the Jacksonville Developmental Center into our new location. With the remaining unused space of the 100,000 square foot building, Pathway leased to Rudi’s Grill and Dunhams Sports. […]

April 9, 1964June 15, 1964July 1, 1964September 10, 19641964 To PresentEarly 1965June 1965September 19671967February 1968November 196919721973November 21, 1976April 19811980’s1980’s1980’sApril 9th 198919901990’sSeptember 13, 2012
Looking Forward To Continuing Our Story!

Festival of Trees 2020Designer Instructions

We need your special creations (holiday trees, centerpieces and wreaths) for our online auction. There is no fee to enter and we will provide the artificial trees, wreaths and a place to decorate.

Here are the details you need to know:
The Festival of Trees will provide:
· 6’ 6” tree, pre-lit with 250 white lights or 4’ tree pre-lit with 100 white lights
· 30” wreath, unlit (bulbs may be added)
· Centerpiece (30” wreath not available for centerpiece)
· Centerpiece and wreath designer entry(ies) must arrive at Pathway Services no later than:
      Centerpiece – Monday, November 9 by 4:00 p.m.
      Wreath – Thursday, November 12 by 4:00 p.m.

Trees and wreaths will be available for pick up at Pathway weekdays, 8 a.m. -4 p.m., beginning Oct. 5.

Design opportunities:
· Monday November 9-10, 5-9 p.m., Community Room at Pathway
· Webnesday November 11, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Community Room at Pathway
· Saturday November 14, 1-5 p.m., Community Room at Pathway
· May decorate the tree at your home or business, and a staff person will photograph your entry no later than Monday, November 16, 2020.for the online auction.

Please call us, 217-479-2300, to schedule your time. There is a 10-person limit and masks must be worn. You may also choose to decorate at your business or home. Trees decorated outside Pathway must have a metal screw (provided) at the tree sections for safety and stability. Lights and ornaments for all decorations must be securely attached. You must also provide skirting if you are decorating a tree. Upon completion of your creation, it will be photographed for the online auction.

The online auction begins Nov. 12 at and will follow this schedule:
Centerpieces – Bid Nov. 12-14
Wreaths – Bid Nov. 15-17
Trees – Bid Nov. 18-23

Registration forms must be submitted by Nov. 2. All proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefits Pathway Partners. Pathway Partners provides extras to make life more comfortable for individuals served by Pathway.