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PCIL Christmas Party Fun!

i Dec 20th No Comments by
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the holidays with us last night. We had a terrific turnout. Here’s a sample of the fun we had with the Ugly Sweater Contest. Congratulations to our winners;
1st place: Tina Provost
2nd place: Louie Pilaris
3rd place: Tyffany Sukiennik
Thanks to all our wonderful staff and their families along with volunteer, Nancy Paulick and students from Hamilton West High School and Grice Middle School who did an amazing job and made this night so special!
We will be sharing the photos our special photographer took in the very near future, stay tuned.
(photo from left to right:
Louis Pilaris, Tina Provost and Tyffany Sukiennik)


i Dec 13th No Comments by


– Must be 18+ Years of Age

– Must Have Own Transportation

– Flexible Work Hours

– Part Time- up to15 Hours a Week

– Great Way to Earn Extra Income

If you are looking for part time work and have an interest in providing companionship for individuals with developmental disabilities, please inquire! For more information, contact Danielle Lewis at The Progressive Center for Independent Living, 609-581-4500 ext. 114





Thank you Little Friends Pet Grooming

i Nov 29th No Comments by

PCIL would like to thank Jen and Barb at Little Friends Pet Grooming in Bordentown for hosting us during a Community Based Work Experience.

Jeanna trying her grooming skills at Little Friends in Bordentown.

Jeanna trying her grooming skills at Little Friends in Bordentown.


i Nov 16th No Comments by
PCIL is holding a fundraiser! Who doesn’t like a chance (actually 181 chances) to win some money?
Call us today for your calendar!

Mercer County Connection September Calendar is Available!

i Sep 1st No Comments by

Check out Mercer County Connection’s September Calendar of events!  Download County Connection September 2016 Events Calendar in PDF here.


Check out September 27 – Meet us at 957 Highway 33 in the Acme Shopping Center, Hamilton, NJ 08690 for getting help with PCIL to REGISTER TO VOTE!

MCC Calendar September

Craft Fair Preparation Aug 29

i Aug 8th No Comments by
The Progressive Center for Independent Living & Mercer County Connections
Is in the process of planning a Craft Fair in September to sell handmade items created by you.
Crafters and Artists will meet at the PCIL office on August 29th from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM to work on some sale items.
Bring your projects or start a new one with us.
Some things that you can create and sell are:
Knitted & Crocheted Items
Beaded Jewelry
Handmade Key Chains
Art Work
So, get busy creating some handmade items to sell!
If you want to reserve a space call Suzanne at PCIL (609) 581-4500 Or email at

NJ YELL Recruitment

i Aug 3rd No Comments by

Be Heard! Learn Your Rights! Create Change! 

“Youth Excelling in Leading & Learning” 

WHO: The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is actively recruiting youth and young adults with and without disabilities and/or special healthcare needs, ages 16 – 26, for our youth advisory council: NJ YELL.

WHAT: NJ YELL provides youth and young adults the opportunity for training in advocacy while engaging with a diversified group of key stakeholders at NJ Community of Care Consortium quarterly meetings. The NJ YELL also participate in face to face regional meetings, teleconferences, webinars and special events that are dedicated to learning their rights and improving outcomes as they transition to adult life. NJ YELL members receive stipends for participation in meetings.

GOAL: To increase the voice and capacity for youth to enable them participate in self advocacy, and grow into leadership roles to improve the systems that impact their education, healthcare, and independent living.

For more information contact:

Erin Seigh 

Transition Coordinator 

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) 

(732) 318-8353 or

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Tips to Beating Summer Heat!

i Jul 25th No Comments by

Check out this great resource for beating the summer heat including information on where to find NJ Cooling Centers!


MEDI-COOL Deadline Extended!

i Jul 2nd No Comments by
MEDI-COOL Program by Catholic Charities – Deadline extended to FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!
With funding from the Mercer County Department of
Human Services Oce on Aging, Catholic Charities,
Diocese of Trenton and Rise, A Community Service
Partnership, of Hightstown, have partnered to provide
5,000 BTU Air Conditioning Units for Mercer County low-
income seniors and/or adults who have a disability.
For more information or to schedule an eligibility screening, interested agencies or individuals may contact one of the programs listed below:
Markeesha Ferguson — Community Aairs Assistant
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Mercer Community Services
132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608
609-394-8847 x2529 (phone)
609-394-0574 (fax)

Looking for SPONSORS!

i Jun 25th No Comments by
Dear Prospective Sponsor,
On behalf of the Progressive Center, we are pleased to announce the first annual “A Taste For Success” beer pairing dinner event on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Strawberry Hill Mansion, atop Bald Pate Mountain, in Titusville, NJ!
This special event will help bring awareness to our agency and about the impact our programs have on the community as a whole while helping to raise money in support of our programs.
Over the past 20 years, Progressive Center has helped pave the way for Mercer and Hunterdon County residents of all ages living with disabilities and their families. Through various grants, donations, fee-for-service programs and other fundraising efforts, our agency has been able to help over 6,000 individuals living with disabilities live independent lives and become productive participants in our local communities.
This event is not your typical non-profit fundraising event. Attendees will listen to live music from 519 South and spend the afternoon tasting gourmet delicacies specially crafted for this event by Chef Krause of Signature Affairs Catering of Marlboro, NJ that are perfectly paired with samplings of locally crafted beer from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. of Bucks County PA.
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to sponsor a station at this fundraising event and put your business in the spotlight. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated. Should you have any questions or wish to meet to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Scott Elliott at (609) 581-4500 or (908) 625-9047 or Event Coordinator, Matt Panyko at (609) 613-6706. We look forward to hearing from you.
Norman Smith Scott Elliott
President Executive Director
Join the celebration on Sunday, October 16 as you savor the sounds of local band 519 South, while sampling hand-crafted brews with perfectly paired edibles at the Strawberry Hill Mansion atop Bald Pate Mountain, Titusville, NJ.
This years’ fundraising event features Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company and freshly prepared cuisine from Signature Affairs Catering.  Neshaminy Creek brews small batch hand crafted stouts, ales and IPA out of Bucks County, PA. This is not your run of the mill beer; handcrafted microbrews take experience, skill and time.
Tastings of this magnitude are rare and unique in that many overlook the complexities surrounding handcrafted beers that often surpass their familiar wine equivalents. An oak barrel aged triple bock can be compared to a fine port wine. Beers, like wines, can be used in marinades and sauces to add robust character to your foods.
Chef Krause will incorporate some of these brews to prepare farm to table cuisine using locally grown produce and products from Trenton Farmer Market and Sweet Valley Farms of Ringoes, among others. You will be pleased to see what recipes we have to offer at this fundraising event.
So don’t miss this amazing opportunity to sponsor a station at this fundraising event and put your business in the spotlight.