Rainbow Abilities Center

History…..

Rainbow was started in 1983 by a group of parents who were looking for a program to assist their sons/daughters (graduates of Autumn Hill State School) who were not eligible for employment in sheltered workshops or supported employment. Their goal was to retain learned skills by working on daily living skills and community awareness.

Rainbow originally opened with three individuals in the old West End Store at Main and Christina Street in Union. A bathroom was added downstairs so that it could be accessed by people in wheelchairs. Garage sales were held to pay for a phone to be installed. By 1985, Rainbow was bursting out the door. A new location was opened at the present main location of 219 N. Christina. Again, the demand for services provided at Rainbow increased beyond the size of the building. A 28’ x 32’ addition was added to the North Christina site in 1990 to accommodate those on the waiting list.

With the continued growth in the county, Rainbow again was at capacity. In 2007, with the assistance of DSFC, Rainbow leased and opened a second site at 306 W. Hwy 50 in Union. Space was then doubled at this site in 2008 to accommodate the increased number receiving services.