Welcome to The Progress Center!

More than 30 years ago, the Progress Center first started under the auspices of the Southern Oxford County Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc. (SOCARC). Funding for the program at that time was a combination of local fund raising and grant in aid money from the Maine Bureau of Mental Retardation. Over the years, the program continued to expand until SOCARC decided that the Progress Center should become its own corporation.

In 1980 the Progress Center Incorporated and today serves over 100 children, families, and adults who experience disabilities. The work of the early families has been honored by dedicated staff and professionally delivered services. We fund our services through contracts with the state of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, annual fund raising events and grant writing. We are grateful to the generosity of our donors and supporters who help us to maintain high quality services for each person served.

Our mission is to promote independence and freedom of choice for the individuals we serve.

Our core beliefs include that each person with a disability has a desire for a rich and varied life, including a physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimension. We also believe each person grows through their life experience and has the right to make his/her own life choices, including those that may involve risk.

We support each person to discover their own dream for a meaningful life.


 “The Progress Center is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer”


For further information about The Progress Center, please contact Terry Cole at [email protected]