Headwaters, INC.
Empowering Work, Empowering Community, Empowering Lives

A not-for-profit community based services agency with 50 years of experience providing services for people with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, serious and persistent mental illness, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and children with special needs throughout northern Wisconsin. We provide a variety of support services that can be customized to fit someone’s specific needs, and we specialize in supporting people to live the kind of life they want in the communities where they want to live. Current counties being served include Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas.



    2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of Headwaters, Inc., a non-profit community-based agency providing services for people with disabilities across Northern Wisconsin.  As we celebrate this great accomplishment and look toward the future, it’s important to also reflect on our past and how we came to this place. 

    Headwaters, an affiliate organization of the Catholic Charities Bureau of the Superior Diocese, was founded in 1969 by Father Brendon Kunda as the Oneida County Day Care Program.  The organization provided an alternative for families to have their loved ones with disabilities receive supports and services in their local communities, rather than in a state institution.  Like many similar organizations founded around the same time, the Oneida County Day Care Program was housed in a local church until 1973, when funds were raised to build the initial structure on Timber Drive in Rhinelander.  The Oneida County Day Care Program became the Headwaters Regional Achievement Center in 1981, and in 1987 it was renamed Headwaters, Inc. 

    Programs and services were added over the years, along with different structures added to the property to house these new programs and services.  The final major building renovation happened in 2001 when the Pascutti Center was added to provide additional employment training space. 

    Currently Headwaters provides a variety of supports and services for over 250 people with disabilities throughout Northern Wisconsin.  These services include Community Based Day Services, Community Employment, Community Supported Living, and Pre-Employment Training Services. 


  • Independence Day

    Thursday, July 4 - Closed

  • Memorial Day

    Monday, May 27 - Closed