NOTICE: For more information regarding BARC Developmental Services response to Coronavirus Disease precautions please see the following information from our Executive Director and related documents. The following documentation is available at all BARC Developmental Services Sites.
5/8/2020 UPDATE: Today, Governor Wolf extended the stay at home order for our region to June 4th. I know this may cause additional stress and anxiety as we enter our third month of these uncertain times. The Executive Management Team has been meeting at least weekly and discussing plans for BARC should the restrictions continue long-term. I want to reassure everyone that the agency is solid financially – we are fortunate to have diversified programming funding and a leadership team who remains mindful of fiscal responsibility.
THANK YOU to all BARC staff and contractors. Everyone plays a role in BARC’s success and in our ability to endure during these unprecedented times.
As we celebrate Nurses Week, I want to give special recognition to the entire nursing team, who work tirelessly to keep our folks safe and healthy.
My update last week included information on reopening workshops. Although we must follow the Governor’s and ODP guidelines and wait until Bucks County is in the green phase, please be assured that we will open the workshops again!
I will be sure to keep you all informed of specific steps BARC will be taking to reintegrate once it has been deemed safe to do so. We will get through this together and stronger than ever!
VOCATIONAL UPDATE: In response to COVID-19 both BARC Production Services Warminster and BARC Production Services Quakertown will be closed for our supported individuals until further notice. As we have updates, they will be posted here and on our pinned Facebook post. Please check back regularly.
EARLY INTERVENTION UPDATE: Parents are offered the services according to their child’s Individualized Family Service Plan by teleintervention. Early Intervention team members are providing support and strategies to each family via a convenient platform. Families that prefer not to participate in teleintervention services are on hold until face to face service is allowed.
From Executive Director, Mary Sautter:
4/3/2020 Hello everyone – I have been so impressed with the cooperation, creativity and resilience of our associates during the past several weeks. It has been wonderful to hear how associates in all departments are coming together to provide what is needed for the folks we support during this challenging time. The number of hours that the res and voc staff are working in the homes to support the individuals during the pandemic, many of them being outside of their typical schedules, is inspiring. The food services department in Warminster has made and delivered almost 600 meals this past week to the residential homes. This helps keep a surplus of food in the homes and reduces the amount of time staff need to spend in groceries stores. The EI team is now offering virtual therapies to over 300 children. All great example of teamwork in action – Thank you all!
The Executive Management Team is committed to maintaining our workforce and supporting our employees during this outbreak. At this time, we continue to have no reports of any supported adult or child or staff who has tested positive for the virus. Please continue to utilize good infection control and also practice social distancing! I encourage everyone to stay home when not providing essential staffing, as the best way to reduce the spread of the virus is to reduce the number of people each of us comes in contact with.
Below is updated information on additional precautions BARC is taking:
- Some staff are working at different work locations – thank you for your flexibility!
- Both workshops are closed to supported individuals until further notice. Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.
- Early Intervention contractors have begun to provide virtual therapies.
- Encouraging all associates to follow social distancing protocols. We are limiting work in the offices to only essential duties (such as processing petty cash checks). Those who can are working remotely.
- Fiscal will now cut petty cash checks once a week.
A special thank you to those working in the residential homes caring for our folks 24/7. Your dedication is so appreciated and admired.
Mary Sautter, Executive Director
We continue to monitor the situation closely. We will post updates to our website and Facebook page.
Thank you all for your continued dedication to the mission of BARC. I appreciate everyone working together to keep our folks and each other safe and healthy!
As we work closely with our government entities regarding the ever changing information regarding COVID-19, we ask that you please check our Facebook page and website (barcprograms.org) frequently for the most up to date information regarding our services. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this rapidly changing situation.
Who We Are
We are people with disabilities and the members, parents, and staff who support them…We are guided by a volunteer board of directors.
We were founded in 1951 by parents of children with developmental delays. These parents sought growth and achievement opportunities for their children. Today we serve over 700 individuals from birth through retirement.
Early Intervention Programs
We help infants and preschool children develop a variety of skills through our Early Intervention Program. The family is central in planning supports for their child.
We support individuals in their homes through our Residential Program. The supports we provide are as varied as the dreams of the people we serve.
We help develop work skills needed by individuals to earn wages through our Vocational Services Program and our Production Services Program. The JOBS Program offers community based employment services for disabled adults; for more information on JOBS Click Here
Those who choose to work within BARC Developmental Services do so in a multi-faceted environment that allows each associate to perform, grow and succeed. Because we are a growth-oriented, creative agency we seek associates with wide ranging skills and backgrounds to join our team. Many of our employees feel strongly about what we do here at BARC, to read some of their testimonies, click the link to be redirected to our careers page. Read More