About Us

PRAB’s mission is to equip diverse individuals and families in Central New Jersey to achieve personal, family, and community development.

PRAB is a comprehensive human services organization that offers early childhood, youth, family, and community services to over 30,000 individuals and families annually in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, and Central New Jersey.

We’ve come a long way from 1971, when a group of Puerto Rican/Latino volunteers provided English classes to recently arrived Latinos, and assisted them with securing a high school equivalency diploma. By 1974, we were running state-funded ESL and GED programs, and were operating New Jersey’s first full-time, bilingual/multicultural Daycare Center for children, ages 2 ½ to 5.

Today, we’re a “one-stop shop” that helps diverse Central New Jersey residents identify their assets and abilities, and strengthen themselves, their families, and their community. As the Community Action Agency for Middlesex County West (since 2009), we also address issues of poverty to change people’s lives, bring hope, and improve our local communities.


PRAB’s vision is that Central New Jersey is a healthy, diverse community with productive, self-sufficient and socially-responsible individuals and families.


A healthy Central New Jersey will work to improve the social fabric of the society and its members.


Its diverse communities will be welcoming, respectful, and compassionate, and draw from and share their multicultural and multilingual talents and resources.


Its productive individuals and families will develop personally and professionally, and effectively access and use community services and resources.


Its self-sufficient individuals and families will take care of themselves, do well in school and work, and maintain stable residences.


Its socially-responsible individuals and families will work with others to improve conditions in their communities

Our Service Delivery Approach

PRAB employs a RADIANT approach to service delivery


We are a bona fide community partner and devoted advocate, speaking on behalf of people whose needs may otherwise go unmet due to social, cultural, linguistic, economic, and other factors.


We engage and involve people of all age groups in programs and services that take into account their personal developmental levels.


We help individuals and families develop their assets and abilities through participation in program and community efforts.


We create programs and services that effectively meet the present and future needs of the individuals and families in the community.


We empower individuals and families to be involved in community life and to help others in their individual and family growth.


We strive to understand Central New Jersey’s diverse cultures, challenges, and collective desire to succeed, and provide our services in a multicultural, bilingual environment


We maintain learning environments and collaborative spaces to ensure continuous and lasting improvements in the community.

Our Trustees

PRAB’s 12-member Board of Trustees governs our affairs, and provides oversight and guidance to the CEO. The Board includes elected officials, representatives of low-income individuals & families, and private sector representatives. Our current Trustees are:

Shanel Y. Robinson


Elected Official

Commissioner Director

Somerset County Commissioners

Kenny Obeso


Private Sector Rep

Wealth Management

Morgan Stanley

Joseph Robotin


Private Sector Rep

Zusette Dato


Elected Official

Council Member

Borough of South Amboy

José Abreu


Low-Income Rep

Senior Staff Attorney

Central Jersey Legal Services

Camilla Comer-Carruthers


Low-Income Rep

RWJ University Hospital

Evelyn Rosa


Low-Income Rep

Middlesex County College

Francis “Mac” Womack III


Elected Official


North Brunswick Township

Shanti Narra


Elected Official


Middlesex County Freeholders

Tania Lopez


Private Sector Rep

Branch Manager

Wells Fargo

Dr. Brenita Mitchell


Low-Income Rep

Healing Waters Global, Inc.

Gurpreet Bal


Private Sector Rep

S&P Global

Our Executive Team

PRAB’s Executive Team provides leadership, direction, and management of the organization’s affairs. It also works closely with the Board of Trustees, and partners with a diverse management staff team. Our current Executive Team members are:

José Carlos Montes, MDiv

Chief Executive Officer

Carol Larres

Chief Financial Officer