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October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014
Hamburg Center continuously strives to provide the individuals served with opportunities to live, work, and participate in supportive environments that are culturally normative and which promote independence with the least restriction. Central to our philosophy is the conviction that persons with intellectual disabilities have the same rights and desires as other citizens and those rights are to be exercised and protected throughout all aspects of their daily lives. Hamburg Center also strives to discover and support each person’s dreams and desires.
Hamburg Center is located in Berks County, approximately 30 miles west of Allentown and 17 miles north of Reading.
The center is officially licensed as an intermediate care facility for people with mental retardation (ICF/MR). More importantly, it is home to 121 people who receive a wide range of services.
The campus consists of 278 acres with 39 buildings. Approximately 145 acres are leased to neighboring farmers.
Interstate 78 passes through the northern section of the campus making access to our facility very convenient through the town of Hamburg.
John W. Graham
“HELPING PEOPLE, HELP THEMSELVES”
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has developed a mission statement for itself and for the agencies it operates. The mission of the Department and its agencies is to:
Promote, improve and sustain the quality of family life.
Break the cycle of dependency
Promote respect for employees
Protect and serve Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens and
Manage our resources effectively.
Promoting of compassion, respect, and valuing one another. Working together as a team and part of the community to provide a home and a family way of living, respecting and exercising rights and choices, and acknowledging each person’s needs, dreams, and desires.
As citizens of the United States and residents of Hamburg Center, protecting the rights of those who live here is paramount. We are committed to empowering them to exercise their rights to the fullest extent. These rights are shared with the individuals on a routine basis. They include:
Along with several other state facilities, Hamburg Center was originally founded as a hospital to care for people with tuberculosis. Known as the Charles H. Miner State Hospital, it opened in 1914 and closed in 1959 as medicine triumphed over the deadly disease.
In January 1960, the facility re-opened as a center for people with mental retardation. It was transferred from the Department of Health to the Department of Public Welfare and renamed The Hamburg State School and Hospital. Later, it was renamed its current name, Hamburg Center. In this, its 50th year, Hamburg Center continues to carry out its mission of providing care and services to people with intellectual disabilities, with a goal of helping them learn to live independently in the community. At one time, more than 900 people lived at Hamburg Center. Today, the center has 122 occupants, many with physical as well as mental challenges.
Hamburg Center provides a wide range of services and programs, including recreational programs, living skills and vocational training, occupational and physical therapy, speech therapy, psychological and social services, and medical and dental care. These services are all intended to help people develop the skills they will need for independence within the community.
From the North and South:
From the East and West:
Hamburg Center provides a variety of employment opportunities. For specific information regarding current and future openings please contact:
Human Resource Department
3560 Old 22
Hamburg, PA 19526
Human Resources Director: Dan Floryshak (610) 562-6014
Visit the State Civil Service Commission website at www.scsc.state.pa.us for additional information
Contact Hamburg Center
Facility Director's Office: (610) 562-6001
John W. Graham