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.
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
Franklin Township Council
Private Sector Rep
Private Sector Rep
Borough of South Amboy
Senior Staff Attorney
Central Jersey Legal Services
RWJ University Hospital
Middlesex County College
Francis “Mac” Womack III
North Brunswick Township
Middlesex County Freeholders
Private Sector Rep
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
Maritza Raimundi-Petroski, MPA
Chief Financial Officer