PEP’s mission is to provide education, recreation, vocational training, and job placement services to people with intellectual disabilities and to strengthen their relationships in the community.
PEP was founded in 1969 by a group of mothers, along with community residents, to offer a summer camp for their children with intellectual disability. Since then, PEP has evolved into a multi-service agency serving up to 300 adults and children with intellectual disabilities throughout the year. PEP’s myriad of programs include Employment Services; Adult Day Training, including senior services; In-Home Respite and Community Habilitation; Adult Literacy and Basic Education for our consumers and community members; Community Arts for Socialization; and Camp PEP.
Over our 45 year history PEP’s success have led to many accolades, including being appointed the regional provider for people with intellectual disabilities in 1974, to helping formulate policy for employment programs for people with disability in PA in 1987, and being awarded the deed to our facility for being the leading service provider for people with intellectual disabilities in 1995.
Working with people with intellectual disability, every day is filled with the successes of our consumers. Whether they are engaged with traffic safety, learning computer skills, or gaining employment in the community, PEP consumers are always moving forward in a positive and thoughtful manner. As an agency, PEP is focused on the future and sustaining our success. In 2013 our Board developed an ambitious five-year strategic plan to strengthen our programs and infrastructure, which included the expansion of our In-Home and Community Habilitation program.
Other recent achievements include our Finance Director nominated as The Philadelphia Business Journal’s CFO of the Year in 2013 and our Adult Education Coordinator winning the 2014 Points of Transition Award from Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services.