About Rolling Hills Progress Center

Rolling Hills Progress Center is an industrialized workshop for the developmentally disabled. We function as a light manufacturing company emphasizing completing assembly and packaging contracts for the government as well as commercial industries. For over 35 years we have taken great pride in never having a quality problem, always completing work on schedule and at a more than competitive price.
Rolling Hills Progress Center is incorporated as a not-for-profit agency under the statutes of the State of Illinois and is governed by a volunteer board of directors who, as concerned and responsible citizens, guide and oversee the overall policies, financial status and operations of the agency

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The idea of Rolling Hills Progress Center was conceived in 1975 by a perceptive group of community leaders and parents who recognized the pressing need for a locally based vocation program. A great deal of local support combined with state funding transformed ideas into reality in June of 1976. The agency was a satellite of the Village of Progress for its’ first twelve months of operation and became and independent organization after that time.
The agency opened it’s doors with nineteen client/workers, four staff members and 8,000 square feet of space. In comparison to today, the agency serves over 100 individuals annually, has over thirty-five staff and 92,700 square feet of building space.



Note from the Executive Director:

Rolling Hills Progress Center is a private, non-profit agency serving adult individuals with disability, sixteen years and older, residing in Carroll County Illinois. Rolling Hills is committed to the premise that the person with a disability can and will develop his/her unlimited potential from the meaningful vocational, educational and social training provided at the center.
People with developmental disabilities want what everyone else wants, the chance to contribute to their family, their society and to enrich their own life through productive work. Rolling Hills Progress Center gives them that opportunity. Whether or not those we serve have the potential to be placed in competitive work place, they continue to be productive, contributing members of their community.

They love the same country, care about the same things and dream the same dreams as each and every one of us. I hope your role is an active one in helping to make life a little brighter and more meaningful for those less fortunate.
So often people are judged on what they can’t do, rather than on what they can do. Our clients have talents and abilities of which few people are aware. I would like to invite each and every one of you to visit the center. Come to see for yourself; see the program and the people in whom we take so much pride.

Thank you!

Peter R. Hermes



Bussinesses Owned By RHPC

While we are fortunate and grateful for the subcontract work that has come our way, we recognize the importance of developing and maintaining several small businesses of our own.
Careful study of our manufacturing capabilities, our local and already existing local business and industry has enabled us to develop and operate several small, but successful, business ventures.

Imprinted Novelty Items

We sell a large number of imprinted novelty items to a nationwide customer base. Frequent customers of these products are schools and businesses.

Golf Tees and Accessories

Also, marketed on a national wide basis are imprinted, bulk and packaged golf tees. Available, also, are ball markers, pencils and divot fixers.


Our rural setting leads itself quite nicely to the operation of our orchard where we have over 400 apple trees. Vocational opportunities provided by the orchard includes pruning branches, mowing grass, clean up of downed branches, harvest of fruit, marketing, and sale of the product. Sales occur to local supermarkets as well as direct sales to the general public.

Retail/ Dining Establishment

A long term plan and dream is the building and establishment of a retail or dining business. The plan is to locate the business on property owned by Rolling Hills at the corners of Route 64 and 73 in Lanark (adjacent to plant #1). Such business would provide the opportunity for employment areas at present as well as in the future. While currently in the planning stages, it is hoped this venture will become a reality in the next five to ten years.


Our Important Imformation

Other Fees

One dollar per day tuition is charged for the first year of services. This fee may be paid by the Illinois Department of Human Services, local school districts or other agencies. Services are not denied for those who are unable to pay tuition costs.

Community Relations

We have staff who are happy to provide tours to groups of any size. We also are available to speak at your club meeting or other occasion where people may want to learn more of our services.


A major part of Rolling Hills income is generated through industrial subcontract services and agency owned businesses. Funding is also received for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Carroll County Mental Health tax (708), donations and fees. In view of reduced amounts of income from state level governmental sources, Rolling Hills believes that long term financial stability will occur through increased levels of financial self-sufficiency.


Rolling Hills Progress Center promotes and requires the preservation of the human and civil rights of all served at our facility. Any questions regarding human rights should be referred to the program coordinator.


Rolling Hills staff represents years of experience and education in the disciplines required to manage and operate the agency. The vocational and professional disciplines are well represented by an executive director, program coordinator, vocational counselor, workshop manager, and assistant manager, developmental training directors, and office manager. There are a number of well trained paraprofessionals and supervisors. Staff receive an ongoing training in safety, rehabilitation, and behavioral methods and procedures, first aid and CPR, industrial procedures and techniques.


Information about Rolling Hills, including measure of program success, effectiveness and efficiency, demographic studies and statistics of who participates and measures of stakeholder satisfaction are available. Contact the program coordinator for a copy of our outcome measurement report.