Prospectus Associates, dba Prospectus Berco, is a nonprofit corporation established in 1977 to provide quality services to adults with intellectual disabilities and special needs in Berks County. In March of 1977, Prospectus Berco spun-off from the Berks County Chapter of the Association for Retarded Citizens, known as ARC. A volunteer Board of Directors governs the agency and is composed of family members, business leaders and community volunteers.
From the beginning, Prospectus Berco focused on individuals’ abilities, not their disabilities. The word “prospectus” means to see the potential in any circumstance. Berco Industries was chosen as the name for the corporation’s day program, which was blended into our current name, Prospectus Berco.
At Prospectus Berco, we promote the philosophy that program participants are an integral part of the Berks County community and thrive as active members of the work force, complete hundreds of volunteer hours for local nonprofits, and frequent the many businesses that line our streets.
Reaching Beyond Expectations, our programs give program participants the skills to become contributing community members as we concentrate on ability. Under the leadership of Jody H. Wager, Executive Director/CEO, Prospectus Berco embraces this philosophy as we provide quality services so that individuals can lead meaningful lives. In return, these individuals help us view the world with hope, opportunity, and acceptance.