Kando Bakery

Kando Bakery was started in 2011 by the mother of a young adult with autism. She struggled to find enriching adult services that would both teach her son new skills and give him real-life work experience. Out of her love and dedication grew Kando Bakery.

In 2015, Kando Bakery merged with Pioneer Center for Human Services. The bakery provides in depth vocational skills training to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities or mental illness.

Training & Work Opportunities

Individuals are able to get involved in all aspects of the bakery’s production including baking, packaging and sales. Emphasis is placed on the proper handling of food and safe use of tools and appliances. While working for the bakery, individuals receive a competitive pay rate. There are also numerous volunteer opportunities that provide exposure to marketing and public relations for the product line. Kando Bakery offers training and certification opportunities in sanitation and food handling, as well as basic first aid and CPR. All of these components combined are designed to best prepare individuals for paid, community-based employment opportunities.

About Pioneer Center for Human Services

Pioneer Center for Human Services is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the heart of McHenry County. It’s mission is to “empower individuals to achieve their full potential.” Each year it provides services to more than 4,800 community members. Services offered include:

  • intellectual and developmental disability programs
  • child, adolescent and adult behavioral health programs
  • traumatic brain injury services
  • homeless services through McHenry County PADS


Click here to learn more about Pioneer Center.