Woods is committed to safeguarding your privacy and security online. We have developed the following policy to help you understand how your personal information will be treated as you use our website. We will not share this information with anyone outside of our organization.

What information do we collect and how do we use it?

 

As you use the Woods.org website:

We collect:

  • Only the IP addresses but not the e-mail address of visitors to our site
  • The e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail
  • Aggregate information on what pages website users access or visit
  • User-specific information on what pages website users access or visit, the time they visit and the duration of their stay.

We use this infomraiton to:

  • Improve the content and usability of our website

As you send inquiries to Woods via the website:

We collect:

  • The name and e-mail address of contacts
  • Any other information provided by contacts about the nature of their inquiry
  • The IP address of the contact
  • The website referrer that indicates how they found our site

We use this information to:

  • Respond to inquiries or questions
  • Improve the content and usability of our website

As you send financial contributions to Woods via the website:

We collect the following via a secure form:

  • Your contact information
  • Credit card account number and expiration date

We use this information to:

  • Process your gift
  • Add you to our mailing list

Donate Today

Over the years, the children and adults served by Brian's House have benefited from the generous support of our partners and friends in the community. We are grateful to the many individuals, corporations, and foundations that have made a meaningful difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Financial gifts, unless otherwise designated, are applied toward special projects and capital needs, including equipment, repairs, and renovations.

We also raise funds for the BHE Fund, which enables local high school graduates and other adults with disabilities to participate in our comprehensive employment training program. BHE (Brian's House Enterprises) features practical job skill training, employment placement services, as well as customized job coaching. The goal is to support each person's success in community-based competitive employment.

All donations are tax deductible and are acknowledged with a letter for tax purposes. Brian's House, Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization. Verification may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll free (in PA) 1-800-732-0999.

Donations may be sent to Brian's House, Inc., 1300 S. Concord Road, West Chester, PA 19382.

We invite your questions; please contact us at 610.399.1175.

Our offices are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residential Services: (610) 399-1175

Client Employment Training and Adult Day Programs: (610) 873-3500

Donations or Volunteer Opportunities: (610) 399-1175 

Staff Job Opportunities: To apply for any positions, please email resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Attn: Emily Kihara, Human Resources Recruiter.

BHE (Brian's House Enterprises)

(610) 873-3500

We help people with disabilities maximize their successes in the world of work. Based in the Downingtown Business Center, Brian's House Enterprises (BHE) provides employment training to adults with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, and other disabilities. Individuals served may be incontinent or require mobility assistance.

BHE services include:

  • comprehensive vocational assessment;
  • supportive, competency-based pre-vocational, vocational, and psychosocial skill development;
  • on site employment in cooperation with the local business community;
  • community-based supported employment.

Based upon the needs and choices of an individual, BHE services may include job development, job skill training, Fulfillment Center or community job placement, and extensive work adjustment coaching. We provide nursing coverage at our workshop, fully accessible facilities, implementation of services recommended by OT's and PT's, and positive approach behavior management procedures.

As with all Brian's House, Inc. programs, active supervision is coupled with an individualized approach to habilitation that includes ongoing consultation with family members.

The Adult Day Services Program serves people with intellectual disabilities, neurological and neuromuscular disorders, brain injury, and other disabilities. We welcome individuals who may be incontinent, as well as those who require mobility assistance. The program is currently located at the Trestle Bridge Business Center in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, but will be moving to Exton, PA in the summer of 2014!

Services include:

  • Social & communication skill building
  • Engaging recreational activities
  • Self-help task guidance and training
  • Pre-vocational training
  • Community excursions

We provide nursing coverage, fully accessible facilities, implementation of OT/PT recommended services, sensory motor stimulation, and positive approach behavior management procedures. Our experienced staff members combine attentive supervision with a personalized approach to habilitation that includes frequent communication with family members.

We welcome visitors; please give us a call at (610) 873-3500.

 

Brian's House provides a variety of community-based residential options for adults with developmental disabilities.  We operate twenty-seven community homes and several apartments in the Chester County area.

In the summer of 2014 Brian's House Enterprises will relocate to the Exton area. The new space offers our clients a larger work space and the ability to serve more companies and business partners. The new site will also serve as office space for our Administrative offices.

Most of the people that participate in our programs have a diagnosis of intellectual disability and/or autism. Other conditions may include brain injury, neurological disorders, and other developmental disabilities.

Our group homes are in Chester and Delaware Counties. Our employment training and adult day services programs are located in Downingtown's Trestle Bridge Business Center. Camp Joy is in Montgomery County, between Schwenksville and Limerick.  Our services are paid for by different sources. The most common is a county MH/Intellectual and Developental Disabilities office. Depending upon the services provided, other funding sources may include families. Our programs also benefit from the generous support of numerous foundations, corporate grants, and contributions from civic groups and individuals.

When financial assistance is needed, we suggest that you contact your county MH/MR office and express your interest in the specific Brian's House service. A case manager will get the ball rolling; we receive lots of referrals from these county agencies. When a family is able to pay for services privately, we can be reached directly at 610.399.1175.

Diana L. Ramsay, MPP, OTR, FAOTA – President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Ramsay became Woods’ sixth President in 2011 bringing more than 20 years experience leading strategic planning, operations, fundraising, quality improvement, public policy and political advocacy. Previously, she led operations integration and clinical redesign for Johns Hopkins Health System. She established herself in the mental health services field as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, Inc. one of the nation’s top 10 psychiatric health systems. Ms. Ramsay is also the past President and CEO of Waystation, Inc., a nationally recognized community rehabilitation program for persons with mental illness and subsidiary of the Sheppard Pratt Foundation. 

 Ms. Ramsay received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University and was the John J. Sexton Fellow in Social Policy at the University of Maryland where she earned a Master of Public Policy degree. Ms. Ramsay is a past President of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and a previous President of the board of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems where she led their strategic planning. 

She currently serves as President of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and as a committee member on two Philadelphia Zoo board committees. She is on the Alumni Board of her alma mater, Towson University and is Chair of the Governance Committee for the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Ms. Ramsay is a recent participant in Leadership Philadelphia and is a member of the Forum for Executive Women.
 

Peter M. Shubiak, MA - Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Shubiak joined Woods in October 2011 with more than 20 years management experience in the behavioral health field. A licensed social worker, Mr. Shubiak received his master’s degree from the University of Maryland and his undergraduate degree from Catholic University. Before coming to Woods, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Way Station, Inc. in Frederick, Maryland. Mr. Shubiak brings to Woods extensive experience in operations, strategic planning, outcome performance, quality improvement, business development and staff development.

 

Lori Plunkett, MA - Executive Director, Brian's House

Lori Plunkett has over 30 years of experience working at Brian’s House serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She started her career at Brian’s House as a Care Counselor and moved into her current position as Executive Director in 1999.  As Executive Director, Ms. Plunket oversees the residential, vocational and adult day programs.

Ms. Plunkett earned her Master’s Degree in Administration at West Chester University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Millersville University. She is an active member of PAR (Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources).

Brian's House History

In 1976, Dave Tuttle founded Brian’s House to provide essential services for people with disabilities, including his son, Brian.  He contracted with the Chester County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Department (now the Chester County Office of Mental Health & Intellectual Disability)to operate clustered apartments and community homes to meet the residential needs of several children and adults. 

In 1978, Dave Tuttle opened Brian’s House, a renovated historic home in West Chester, Pa., that served as a residence for 14 children with profound developmental disabilities.  Brian Tuttle was one of its first residents and lived there until he passed away in 1989 at the age of 19.

 In 1996, Brian’s House affiliated with Woods which enabled the organization to expand with the addition of more  community homes and, in 1998, the establishment of Brian’s House Enterprises, a vocational program and meaningful day program for adults with more profound disabilities.  Brian’s House now provides residential supports for 105 individuals, vocational opportunities for 92, and day programs for 44 adults.

Woods History

Mollie Woods, a Philadelphia schoolteacher with great foresight and compassion, sought to establish a new type of educational and residential center, specifically to support children with exceptional needs. Her vision was to provide care for the exceptional child in a home-like environment that would foster the ability “to meet the problems of everyday life, to make normal adjustments, to acquire sources of satisfaction for the present as well as for later years, and to know the joy of achievement.”
 
Mollie’s determination, pioneering leadership, and innovative approach that was centered on creating an individualized program of supports for each person, was well-received resulting in growth that necessitated a move from her farmhouse in Roselyn, PA to Langhorne in 1921. The move to Langhorne signaled an incredible period of growth and international recognition.
 
Over the past century, we have grown from a 25 student farmhouse school, to a world-renowned private non-profit organization serving more than 4,100 children, adolescents, adults and seniors.  Mollie worked tirelessly, as we will, toward the realization of her original mission: to advance the quality of life and standard of care for individuals with disabilities. Learn more.

 

Who do your programs serve?

Most of the people that participate in our programs have a diagnosis of intellectual disability and/or autism. Other conditions may include brain injury, neurological disorders, and other developmental disabilities.

Where are your programs located?

Our group homes are in Chester and Delaware Counties. Our employment training and adult day services programs are located in Downingtown's Trestle Bridge Business Center.

What about funding?

Our services are paid for by different sources. The most common is a county MH/Intellectual and Developental Disabilities office. Depending upon the services provided, other funding sources may include families. Our programs also benefit from the generous support of numerous foundations, corporate grants, and contributions from civic groups and individuals.

How does someone access your services?

When financial assistance is needed, we suggest that you contact your county MH/MR office and express your interest in the specific Brian's House service. A case manager will get the ball rolling; we receive lots of referrals from these county agencies. When a family is able to pay for services privately, we can be reached directly at 610.399.1175.

What about donations and tax exemptions?

We appreciate your consideration! All contributions are tax deductible; Brian's House is a non-profit organization that is a state-registered charity. All contributions, unless otherwise specified by the donor, are used for special projects and the capital fund.

For United Way Donor Designated gifts, use PA ID#1007; DE ID#1432

Thank you!