Executive Director’s Message


This issue of Developments is the last one for 2018, so it is fitting to highlight some of this year’s accomplishments. We have made significant strides in providing Community Participation Supports (CPS) by connecting the men and women in our day programs with work and volunteer experiences in their communities. Sending work crews to UGI, Sweet Street, Berks Technical Institute, REP Commercial Printing, Reading Eagle, and Isolater Fitness, afforded more than fifty enthusiastic and conscientious workers employment opportunities onsite at Berks County businesses.  Additionally, community volunteer options for individuals in our Vocational Program included the Greater Reading Food Bank, Rittenhouse, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tower Health, and Mifflin Court. Giving back to these community agencies by packaging food boxes, setting dining room tables, replenishing condiments, and performing occasional paperwork generated a sense well-earned pride in our volunteers for their valuable contributions.

CPS experiences in our Adult Training Programs were extensive, and the credit goes to the creative Adult Training professionals who worked diligently to uncover opportunities to volunteer, recreate, learn, and expand horizons for the individuals participating in those programs. Please keep in mind that the wealth of activities being provided needed to address widely varied interests and abilities of an amazingly diverse group of men and women. Trips to community libraries, various retailers, farmers markets, restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theaters,  plus volunteering at Op Shop, Humane Society, Kutztown University, and being personal shoppers were just a few of the community outings happening.  Suffice it to say that Community Participation grew by leaps and bounds at Prospectus Berco.

This year we also made progress on initiatives identified in our strategic plan. Improving compensation, expanding the use of technology through increased online applications, upgrading technology software and hardware, corporate culture enhancements, programmatic transition to increased CPS, and safety and security initiatives were all prioritized. With leadership from the Board of Directors and the engagement of our workforce, effective implementation of our strategic plan was an important accomplishment in 2018. Development and public relations efforts resulted in our most successful golf tournament and annual giving appeal ever as well as beneficial relationships through Leadership Berks and United Way volunteers. We celebrated the awarding of a Giorgi Foundation grant to purchase two handicapped accessible vehicles as well as continued Musical Foundation grant funding for our acclaimed music therapy program.

Whew, we were busy and blessed for so many reasons in 2018—and, remember, these were just the highlights. An enormous thank you to all the partners at Prospectus Berco, individuals receiving services, families, professionals, Board Directors, committee members, volunteers, and donors. It is through our joint efforts that we succeed in inspiring people with special needs to lead meaningful lives by providing innovative supports.