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Junta De Accion Puertorriquena Inc./Puerto Rican Action Board Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Family Services, Homeless & Housing, Housing Support, Human Services, Preschools, Youth Development Programs

Mission: PRAB equips diverse individuals and families in Central New Jersey to achieve personal, family, and community development, through a wide range of capacity building services. It will: Serve them through a wide range of prevention, intervention, and developmental services; Develop their assets and abilities through individual and communal efforts; and Empower them to act effectively on personal, family, and community affairs. In the process, multitudes of Central New Jersey children, youth, and adults will engage themselves and others in personal and social transformation.

Results: PRAB provides services to nearly 30,000 individuals and families each year and continues to seek ways to more efficiently meet the needs of the population. With the recent addition of programs such as ENLACE – a program aimed at providing senior citizens with basic services and information about medical care, housing, and legal assistance – and the continuing development and expansion of highly successful programs like the Artists Mentoring Against Racism, Drugs, & Violence (AMARD&V) summer camp – the PRAB staff works daily to improve the organization and its services and better help the community. Beginning this year, PRAB also has welcomed a team of AmeriCorps VISTA members to further develop data collection and management, communications, and community engagement to enhance the capacity building efforts of the organization. This addition to the team has led to even greater transparency and efficiency and promises to provide paths toward a sustainable future for the organization. More information on metrics demonstrating our outcomes can be found on our GuideStar profile at https://www.guidestar.org/profile/22-1944440

Target demographics: low- and middle-income individuals and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 30,000 individuals and families

Geographic areas served: Middlesex and Mercer County, NJ

Programs: early childhood education, youth development programs, housing assistance, and family services

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff is really polite and genuinely want to help people. There is a variety of programs available for the community and basically most of the staff is bi-lingual (English/Spanish). You can come and be sure someone will give you some guidance as to what you need, or help you find the right information.

Jose Carlos M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have been working at PRAB for over five years and am honored to work alongside the many hardworking employees, VISTAs, interns, volunteers. They commit every day to help Central New Jersey residents improve their lives, as well as their families and communities. They receive everyone in the community and help them come together to support one another. They also work well with our institutional partners to ensure that the community has the necessary resources to thrive and make a difference in the world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Although I am a relatively new Board member, I am impressed by the commitment to PRAB not only by its Board members but also by the staff. It is clear they understand the importance of the work to help the community we serve.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a preschool teacher at PRAB. I see first hand how PRAB and our preschool staff are helping the families in New Brunswick. We love our students and their families . We enjoy going the extra mile to help them when they are in need and love celebrating all their successes . I’m so proud of our students and I’m thankful that their families understand the importance of a quality education .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with PRAB for less than a year. During that time, I have been blown away by the dedication and compassion of their employees. Everyone puts so much effort into their work because they are helping to improve and empower their community. It is a tremendous all-encompassing community action agency that has supported the people of New Brunswick for years and continues to do so.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Puerto Rican Action Board provides valuable programs for the underserved in the Greater Brunswick area. They have a professional staff and are always looking to help people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

PRAB is a Community Action Agency and provides services to the community at large. I have been here for about 10 months and see the fruits of the labor on a daily basis. The services directly impact the individuals and their families and there is so much more that can be done. PRAB offers early childhood, youth, family, and community services.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

PRAB, Inc. is an amazing community action organization that helps Central New Jersey residents with various programs. Over the years they have evolved to a one stop shop that assists families with early childhood services, youth services, family services, and even housing services. This year they unveiled project ENLACE that aims to increase access to services for senior citizens. They truly provide help in every life stage!

I find their programs to be really effective and paramount to Middlesex County and surrounding areas. The PRAB team is always very passionate and committed to the cause. They have successfully worked to provide deeper meaning to the mission statement, being a partner in your life’s journey. I look forward to the new projects to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would like to express my gratitude to PRAB. They treat me like family, really are concern about everything that happens in my life and PRAB go to extra mile to help. Without PRAB I will not able to accomplish important thing in my life

Thanks PRAB for always been there :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with PRAB has been phenomenal they helped with my Heat Bill when my daughter was first born and I was unemployed. Very respectful, helpful and understanding!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PRAB is a philanthropic organization located in New Brunswick, New Jersey that is very involved with the community. They provide a variety of programs to assist individuals and families with child care, ESL and GED programs, utility bills and many other services. They have a top notch staff that goes out of their way to treat everyone with respect. They are a huge asset to the Greater Brunswick area.

Sandra A A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The puerto rican action bored plays a big part in new brunswick our community appreciates every single member that has helped our community to become a better place to live in from early childhood classes to other activities they created.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience at PRAB has been one that is impactful and fills me with pride. We do so very much for so many, 9ften times going beyond the client's expectation and what is required. In our field, what's required is whatever it takes to provide assistance in the most effective manner, with respect, courtesy, and professionalism. Everyone that works here at PRAB does so because they are heart centered and the needs of the community we serve are tantamount to all else. Our services are surpassed by none simply because it truly matters to each of us. I am so grateful that agencies like ours exist to advocate and have a voice for people who need someone to do so.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PRAB, Inc. has an outstanding commitment to families in need where ever those families may be. It reaches families in need in and beyond its immediate community. The amazing thing about this company is that it continues to research and analyze the needs of low socioeconomic families and then work to meet those needs. The many services PRAB provides help families improve their livelihood. If you need help, PRAB is there. Its a great organization that helps people succeed.