About Us

Futures Unlimited, Inc. has been meeting the needs of business, industry and community for over 45 years as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Illinois. Our mission is to assist individuals in Livingston County as they achieve independence and develop the skills needed to live and work successfully in their community.

Our Story

In the mid 1960's, a group of Livingston County parents initiated an effort to establish work and training opportunities for adults with a variety of physical, developmental and mental disabilities. In July of 1970, the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce organized a Board of Directors and Futures Unlimited, Inc. was established.

By the summer of 1971, there were sixteen (16) persons working at the center and learning new independent living skills.  Futures would later relocate in 1979 to their present site on Torrance Avenue.

In the ensuing years, hundreds of people throughout Livingston County have built Futures into a comprehensive training center with twelve distinct programs serving over 350 persons per year.  Futures began with a few employees and a modest budget of about $30,000.  Futures Unlimited now employs 124 staff with an annual operating budget of $5,643,625.  We serve children and adults with developmental disabilities, mental illness, autism, seizure disorders, drug and alcohol abuse disorders, traumatic brain injuries and  other conditions that make it challenging for them to live and work independently.

Futures Unlimited, Inc. is also a manufacturing facility. We offer work opportunities for people with disabilities by providing outsourcing, managed services, and production services to other companies. The last ten years we have consistently achieved approximately 1.5 million dollars in gross sales. Business partners include major and global companies.

  • Futures Unlimited, Inc. is CARF accredited.
  • Futures Unlimited, Inc. is certified to ISO  9001:2015 standards by TÜV Rheinland

Policies

We are an equal opportunity provider and employer and adhere to following policies.

  • Futures Unlimited, Inc. is committed to providing quality services in a manner that protects your individual rights and confidentiality. You and staff develop an individual service plan based on your choices and decisions.
  • Futures Unlimited, Inc. does not discriminate in admission, access to, treatment or employment in programs or activities on the basis of a handicap in violation of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Futures Unlimited, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, order of protection status, military status or unfavorable military discharge.
  • Futures Unlimited, Inc. operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin in accordance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes that she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file within 180 days following the date of the alleged discriminatory occurrence.

For information on our nondiscrimination obligations or how to file a complaint, please contact Futures Unlimited, Inc. by any of the methods listed below.If this information is needed in another language, please contact us.

Locations

Main Location

Torrance Center
210 East Torrance Ave.
Pontiac, IL

This main training center has been operating since July 1, 1970. The original site served 16 individuals. Now serves 84 individuals. The Developmental Training program provides services to individuals with mild to profound intellectual disabilities. These services include classes, community activities, work and volunteer opportunities. Classes focus on life skills, socialization, self-advocacy, communication, and special interests.

MBTLC

The Mary Beth Taylor Learning Center (MBTLC)
Pontiac, IL

This site is an extension of our Developmental Training services. Individuals spend their day in a spacious layout to maximize freedom of movement and choice of activities. Experiences at MBTLC include cooking, crafts, and listening to stories and music. Individuals can enjoy the outdoors and frequently utilize community businesses and the public library and parks. The Learning Center opened for services in March of 2005 and is named after Mary Beth Taylor who served as Executive Director of Futures Unlimited Inc. from 1989 to 2004.

Dwight Building

Dwight Learning Center
401 W. Waupansie
Dwight, IL

This facility was established to meet the needs of individuals residing in the Dwight community. The developmental training services that are provided at our Pontiac facilities are duplicated here.

Board of Directors (2017-2018)

Futures Unlimited, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors from Livingston County. Below is our 2017-2018 board.

2017-2018 Board Members

President

Ella Bellot - Saunemin

Vice President

Kevin McNamara - Dwight

Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Heather Schweizer - Fairbury

Directors

Laura Baumgardner - Pontiac
C. Thomas Blakeman - Pontiac
Dan Fry - Pontiac
Jeanne Gernentz - Odell
Larry Martell - Ancona
Caryl McCoy - Pontiac

Directors Emeritus

John Bellot - Saunemin
Clint Conway - Flanagan
Jim Drengwitz - Pontiac
Chad Frank - Pontiac
Elzie Fry - Pontiac
Kay Hammer - Fairbury
Alberta Kinate - Forrest
Collins Miller - Pontiac
Stan Weber - Pontiac