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.

OUR VISION

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

HEALTHY

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

Diverse

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

PRODUCTIVE

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

SELF-SUFFICIENT

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

Socially-responsible

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

RESPONSIVE

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.

AGE-APPROPRIATE

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

DEVELOPMENTAL

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

INNOVATIVE

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

ACTION-ORIENTED

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

NURTURING

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

TRANSFORMATIVE

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:

MARIAM MERCED

Chairperson

Low-Income Rep

Director, Community Health Promotions Program

RWJ Barnabas Health

Shanel Y. Robinson

Vice Chairperson

Elected Official

Council At-Large

Franklin Township Council

John Clarke

Treasurer

Low-Income Rep

Executive Director

New Brunswick Housing Authority

Michael Beltranena

Secretary

Private Sector Rep

Director of Safety & Security

Coach USA Bus Company

Kenneth Armwood

Member

Elected Official

Freeholder

Middlesex County

Daniel Domínguez

Member

Private Sector Rep

Lieutenant

New Brunswick Police Department

Betty Reba

Member

Private Sector Rep

Retired Executive Director

David Rodríguez Spevack

Member

Private Sector Rep

Attorney

Spevack Law Firm

Blanquita Valenti

Member

Elected Official

Freeholder

Middlesex County

Francis “Mac” Womack III

Member

Elected Official

Mayor

North Brunswick Township

Our Executive Team

PRAB’s 4-member 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

Maritza Raimundi-Petroski, MPA

Chief Program Officer

Dr. Charles Wallace II

Chief Operating Officer

Indira Martir

Executive Assistant