This brochure was part of a rebranding effort I led at Bancroft. Each program was assigned a dominant color from our logo and the subtle thumbprint was used to symbolize each individual’s unique care plan.
Autism & Intellectual Disabilities Services for Adults
Autism and Intellectual
Disabilities Services for Adults
Innovative programs that help
people fulfill their potential
Community & Campus Living
Employment & Day Programs
In-Home & Respite Services
Walker Center Parenting Program
Flicker Program for Older Adults
Empowering adults with intellectual and
developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives
At Bancroft, we recognize that people’s needs change as they age.
That’s why – for more than 30 years – we’ve offered a continuum of
programs to address the unique needs of adults with autism and other
intellectual or developmental disabilities as they transition from one stage of life
Our extensive array of high-quality programs, sites and settings empowers
adults with disabilities to lead rich and fulfilling lives.
Customized programs that meet each person’s needs
Bancroft offers a variety of residential options in New Jersey, Pennsylvania
and Delaware to enable adults with disabilities to enjoy as much independence
and community involvement as possible. These include group homes and
apartments in the community, and apartments on our campuses. Settings vary
from well-kept suburban neighborhoods to scenic rural environments.
We firmly believe that people with disabilities should be fully included in their
communities, as a basic human right. Bancroft supports the people we serve in
every imaginable activity in the greater community – from grocery shopping to
going to the gym; movies to museums; restaurants to sports events; library visits
to spiritual opportunities. We actively promote community involvement and
community employment as important activities for building self-esteem.
Our enriching day programs include
extensive vocational training, job
support and meaningful volunteer
activities. We work with more than
60 employers in the community –
from national corporations to local
firms – to train and employ the
adults we support. We also provide
work opportunities through Bancroft
Enterprises – a collection of Bancroftoperated businesses, such as a fullservice copy center, pet-food bakery
and landscaping service.
I consider my son so lucky to
have Bancroft as a part of his life
and I’m thrilled with the achievements he’s made. I don’t know
what our lives would have been
like without Bancroft. I can’t
thank you enough!
– Henrietta S.
We also provide:
In-home and respite services, for people who live in their own home
or with their family
A parenting program for parents with intellectual disabilities
A program for older adults, to meet the unique needs of senior
citizens with intellectual disabilities
In keeping with Bancroft’s mission, we are committed to encouraging an active,
engaged lifestyle for every person we support – so they can achieve their life
goals as valued and respected members of our world.
Community Living Options
Residential support for engaged lives at all levels
Bancroft operates more than 100 group homes and apartments in neighborhoods throughout southern and central New Jersey, suburban Philadelphia (Pa.),
and northern Delaware.
We go beyond simple community
integration. Our goal is community
inclusion. We recognize that the
people we support want the same
things as everyone else: not just
to live in the community, but to
participate in the community. At
Bancroft, we make that happen.
We help people achieve this
• eaching them daily personalT
hygiene, grooming, cooking and
• upporting their shopping,
banking and participation
in other routine community
• roviding trips to parks, beaches,
cultural sites, entertainment
and sports events, and other
• ffering continuing-education
opportunities, including adulteducation classes – from cooking
to exercise to crafts
• nhancing social skills through
interactions with peers and
others in the community
Ari has made remarkable
progress at Bancroft. He feels
really good about who he is
and where he is.
– Randee Rubenstein,
mother of Ari
Bancroft’s homes are safe,
pleasant, and supportive. Staff
members assist people as needed
to prepare nutritious meals, and they provide transportation to daily activities.
Nurse case managers coordinate each person’s medical care, and staff members
administer medications to people who are unable to do so independently, as
directed by health professionals.
Each person is encouraged to participate in the home and community to the
fullest extent possible. Families are welcome members of the “circle of support”
that supports each person’s individualized plan. Adults are given ample
opportunities to engage in self-advocacy through Bancroft and outside groups.
High-quality support, unparalleled clinical expertise
Bancroft’s residential staff provides expert support, customized to meet each
person’s unique needs. We bring together experienced clinicians to help
people reach their full potential, including specialists in:
Residential training and support
Applied behavior analysis (ABA)
Nurse case management
Vocational training and employment
The clinical team – along with the
person and his or her preferred circle
of support – creates a treatment
plan that targets specific goals for
learning and skill development.
All support services are based on
best practices, including ABA, and
each person’s progress is tracked
and measured. In addition, our
residential staff works with the
person’s vocational/day staff to
reinforce concepts at home and in
the workplace or day program.
Campus Living Options
Extra support in appealing settings
For people who require increased levels of support, Bancroft offers comfortable,
attractive homes in campus settings. These programs take a comprehensive
and integrated approach, and focus on pragmatic, cognitive, physical and
psychosocial concerns, while managing the unique medical needs of each
person. The objective is for all individuals to achieve the skills they need to move
to an integrated community setting.
Residences offer 24-hour continuous staff supervision as well as a wide
range of rehabilitation programs including opportunities for integrated social,
recreational, and spiritual activities. In
addition, a full complement of day and
When I first came to Bancroft,
vocational programs is available.
I couldn’t do a lot of things
Bancroft coordinates treatment to develop
for myself. Now I cook my
person-driven, customized assistance and
own meals and make a lot
training for self-sufficiency in:
of my own decisions, with
• Health management
minimal staff assistance.
• Social and recreational activities
• Vocational and supported
– Bonnie D., who initially lived on
a Bancroft campus and now lives
• Spiritual opportunities
in the community
• Personal care
• Cooking and grocery shopping
• Money management and budgeting
Bancroft’s New Jersey campuses are located near Mullica Hill (spanning Gloucester
and Salem counties), and in Brick (Ocean County). Opened in 1973, The Bancroft
Lakeside Campus at Mullica Hill is newly reconstructed with state-of-the-art
homes, a new vocational building, and a pedestrian-friendly outdoor environment
that encourages socialization. The Bancroft Campus at Brick features
comfortable townhomes and a spacious common room for shared events and
activities. It’s also short distance from the scenic Jersey Shore recreation area.
Community Employment and Day Programs
Enriching lives through work, education and volunteerism
At Bancroft, experienced job coaches and employment specialists help people
with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities develop the
practical skills necessary to become more independent and secure meaningful
work, whether through jobs in the community, structured day programs or local
We carefully assess each person’s abilities
and interests – as part of his or her
treatment plan – to help identify the
most appropriate vocational match for
the person’s talents.
Bancroft partners with a wide range
of employers in the community – from
supermarkets to hotels, clothing stores to
childcare centers, warehouse operators
to law firms – to provide jobs and
training for the adults we support.
The people we’ve hired get
an opportunity to work in
real-world situations and
they have thrived.
– Pat Hawco,
Service Operations Manager,
Acme Markets – Voorhees (N.J.)
In addition, we operate
our own small businesses
– under the umbrella
Bancroft Enterprises –
to provide training and
work opportunities. These
businesses sell an array of
products and services to the
public in a supervised setting.
For instance, we operate
Bancroft Office Support
Services (BOSS), a nonprofit
printing and copying business
that employs about 20 adults
supported by Bancroft.
For those not yet ready for
structured day programs
facilitate independence through functional, meaningful and therapeutic
learning activities, which emphasize community involvement and inclusion.
For those who progress beyond our day programs, but who need further skills
before attaining jobs in the community, our Transitional Employment Programs
bridge the gap.
Whether a person with disabilities works, volunteers, or takes part in our
structured day programs, these opportunities are critical in boosting their selfesteem and creating a sense of accomplishment. Bancroft has helped hundreds
of people identify and participate in such worthwhile activities.
In-Home and Respite Services
Independence with a helping hand
For many people with disabilities, engaged, independent living requires some
level of support – whether through daily assistance or occasional guidance.
Our in-home program – called Bancroft at Home – answers the need for
quality care that integrates a social component. The program links people to
fulfilling opportunities for interaction in their own home, their family’s home,
and/or in the community through the
• Behavioral support and education
• nstruction in daily living skills, personal
care and money management
• ocial skills programs
• ransportation and publicT
• ssistance with medical appointments,
grocery shopping and errands
• Home maintenance
• xercise companionship and therapeuE
tic recreational activities
• Family education and supports
• In-home clinical assessments
As part of this flexible program, Bancroft’s experienced staff works closely
with each family to establish specific
goals tailored to the unique needs of
the person and family.
Bancroft at Home also provides respite
services: short-term support during,
for instance, a guardian’s vacation
or illness. And we offer regularly
scheduled assistance, such as weekly
grocery-shopping trips, monthly outings, and periodic check-ins.
Bancroft at Home helps
my son Scott with doctors’
appointments, social activities,
paying his bills – everything
he needs to live a good,
independent life. With in-home
supports, Scott is in control;
he has a sense of pride and
– Matt Dillon, father of Scott
One-on-one guidance for interactive skills and friendships
Building and maintaining friendships
is an important life skill, but it can be
particularly challenging for people with
intellectual disabilities. We provide oneon-one coaching to help people cultivate
appropriate friendships and beneficial
Our focus is on building skills
while creating relationships in
the community. We strive to
increase people’s independence,
health and overall enjoyment.
– Karen Reiss,
Bancroft at Home can also pair dedicated
Director of Bancroft at Home
mentors with people who are ready to
take on a big life challenge – whether a
trip, a college course, or a marathon. Like a life coach, the mentor guides and
supports the person each step of the way, to turn that dream into reality.
In addition, our skilled therapists can conduct in-home assessments of any
behavioral difficulties as they emerge, rather than waiting to address them
once they become more problematic. This direct observation enables us to
create a finely tuned treatment plan to address aggression, self-injury or other
Designed for people who do not already participate in a residential program,
Bancroft at Home can be funded privately or through public assistance.
Walker Center Parenting Program
Strengthening essential parenting skills
Parenting is a challenge for all moms and dads. But parents with autism and
other intellectual or developmental disabilities often face unique obstacles to
caring for their children.
Bancroft’s parenting program helps parents with such challenges build the skills
necessary to successfully raise their children and keep their family together. At
the same time, the program provides a full range
of residential assistance and medical, educational, psychological and employment support
services, to ensure parents with disabilities
achieve their full potential. In addition,
this innovative program helps children
understand and accept the reality of
their family situation, so they too
can achieve fulfilling lives.
The program is provided through
The Walker Center at Bancroft
in suburban Philadelphia.
Providing supportive environments for living and
learning, work and play
Parenting-program participants live in either Bancroft-operated apartment in the
community, or in their own homes. They receive instruction and support from
our specially trained aides, who understand their full range of challenges.
Our support services include:
• elp finding a safe, comfortable
place to live
• Job coaching
• Assistance with budgeting skills
• Nutrition counseling
Bancroft also connects parents with
vital community resources, including the Women, Infants and Children
(WIC) program, the Children’s Health
Insurance Program (CHIP), and the
Pennsylvania Office of Developmental
Instruction areas include:
• Parenting skills
• Child development
• Discipline strategies
• First aid
• Child CPR
Our goal is to provide supports
to parents with intellectual
disabilities so they can live with
their children in a safe, healthy
– Virgia Lemon, Program Manager,
Walker Center Parenting Program
We help parents register their children
in early childhood education and daycare programs, navigate the educational system, and choose age-appropriate
toys and books for their children from Bancroft’s lending library
Our staff schedules counseling, meetings and other supports at times that do
not conflict with parents’ work schedules or day programs. We also encourage participation by the parent’s extended family and friends in family-centered
activities, whenever possible.
The Walker Center at Bancroft is named for its founder, Mabel Stuart Walker.
Flicker Program for Older Adults
A unique residential and day program
Bancroft’s Flicker Program provides a superior quality of life for people ages
50-plus with intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as autism and
acquired brain injuries, in an attractive, safe and welcoming environment.
Located in Voorhees, N.J., the program features six group homes surrounding
a spacious central courtyard, and linked by a sunny indoor walkway. Amenities
include an indoor swimming pool, therapy room, and a separate wing for
Celebrating wellness, recreation and socialization
A top priority of the Flicker Program is the wellness of the seniors it supports.
Nurse case managers closely monitor the health needs of each individual
to ensure they receive the care they need, and our staff receives specialized
training on serving the unique needs of an aging population. Additionally,
occupational, physical and speech
therapies are conveniently provided
on-site by a team of experienced
For seniors who are interested
in participating in social and
recreational activities, the Flicker
Program offers a variety of engaging
things to do, ranging from visits
with family and friends to special
guest performances by local artists,
to a wide range of outings in the
An interdisciplinary team of experts develops annual goals for each senior in the
Flicker Program to maximize mobility, emotional stability and overall quality of
daily life. In keeping with the philosophy of lifelong learning, the acquisition of
new skills is also encouraged to ensure each person is leading a fulfilling life.
The Flicker Program is named for the late Judith Flicker, a longtime Bancroft supporter.