Prospectus Berco is a private, non-profit organization established in 1977 to provide services to men, women, and children with disabilities and to the elderly in Berks County. A volunteer Board of Directors comprised of family members, business leaders, and other community representatives governs the agency.
In March of 1977, Joseph Gousie and Jim Arnold, with a group of volunteers from the Berks County Chapter of the Association for Retarded Citizens, founded the corporation Prospectus Associates, Inc.
When deciding on a name for the corporation, Joe and Jim looked for a name that would be meaningful, but at the same time would not bring attention to the disabilities of the individuals, but rather their abilities. The word prospectus was found in an unabridged dictionary in Joe's office. In addition to its normal use within the business community and stock market, it had an additional meaning of being able to see the potential in any circumstance.
Prospectus Associates, Inc. became a provider of innovative services for people with developmental disabilities. The organization grew and reached into five other counties besides Berks. Eventually, it became apparent that people are best served in a county-based system, so the services were turned over to local providers in all counties.
Today, Prospectus Berco, under the leadership of Jody H. Wagner, Executive Director, provides many different programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and the elderly in Berks County.
Prospectus Berco is located at 840 William Lane, Reading PA, which is home to our Adult Day Services components, our Vocational workshop, our Senior Day Services component, as well as our Fiscal, Residential, and Administrative offices.
Frequently Asked Questions of Prospectus Berco:
How many people do you serve?
More than 500 Berks County men, women, and children with disabilities and their families benefit from our services annually.
How many employees work for the agency?
Approximately 300 full and part time professionals are employed to provide services offered by Prospectus Berco.
How is Prospectus Berco funded?
The major portion of our funding comes from state and federal dollars through Berks County MH/MR, and SAM, Inc. (Service Access Management). Additional funding is provided through Berks County Office of Aging, Children and Youth, fees for room and board, and transportation fees.
Does Prospectus Berco receive funds from the United Way?
No. Twenty-five years ago Prospectus Berco was founded as a spin-off of the ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens), which was a United Way funded agency. The ARC retained the United Way funds for their advocacy work while Prospectus Berco chose to rely on governmental funding available for the programs it operated.
Why does the agency need donations if the cost of services are met?
Prospectus Berco operates its programs and services within the budgeted resources to meet programmatic needs. However, funds are needed for new programmatic initiatives, physical site renovations, and upgraded equipment to enable us to provide expanded or enhanced services.
How does Prospectus Berco measure the success of its programs?
The success of this organization is measured by the satisfaction of our program participants and their families.
How does Prospectus Berco differ from other local agencies that provide services to individuals with disabilities?
There are several ways that Prospectus Berco differs from other local agencies. We provide individualized services and supports designed in response to the varied needs and interests of each person involved with the organization. Prospectus Berco is the primary provider in Berks County of day program services for people with severe mental and physical challenges. In addition to our varied array of services for people with disabilities, Prospectus Berco is highly regarded for the programs we operate for Berks County's senior citizens. Celebrating 25 years as a MH/MR service provider makes us one of the oldest organizations specializing in residential, vocational, and family support services for children and adults with disabilities and for the elderly. Proudly, we have professionals who have been employed at Prospectus Berco since it was founded 25 years ago, and 30% of our staff has been employed for 10 or more years at Prospectus Berco. This kind of experience and dedication says a lot about our organization.
Does Prospectus Berco have a constant source of contracts to provide work?
Prospectus Berco has a steady source of contracts, completing hand and mechanized assembly and packaging processes for more than 50 companies nationwide last year. However, we are always looking for more contracts appropriate for individuals with limited skills, and contracts that allow our workers to earn better wages and develop greater production capabilities.
A copy of the official registration and financial information of Prospectus Berco may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll free in Pennsylvania (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Send email to Webmaster with questions or comments about this web site. – less – More from ZoomInfo »