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    Hamburg State Center

    Hamburg State Center Photo

    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
    Facility Director

    Mission Statement

    “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.

    Guiding Principles

    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.

    Consumer Rights

    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:

    • Freedom from abuse, neglect and unnecessary use of restraints
    • Respect and fairness
    • Freedom of expression
    • Personal possessions
    • Send and receive correspondence
    • Compensation for work and managing own money
    • Choose and have access to personal belongings
    • Voting
    • Advocacy
    • Attend meetings
    • Choice in where he/she prefers to live
    • Keeping health information protected

    History

    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.

    Directions

    From the North and South:

    • Take Route 61 to Hamburg Exit, follow 4th Street.
    • Turn Right at State Street (which is Old 22).
    • Follow approximately 2 miles.
    • Turn left into the Facility at the main entrance.
    • The Administration Building is directly ahead (you will come to a circle to a parking area).

    From the East and West:

    • Take Interstate 78 to Exit #30 Hamburg.
    • Exit bearing right on to 4th Street, go straight to traffic light, turn left on to State Street, (Old 22).
    • Follow approximately 2 miles.
    • Turn left into the Facility at the main entrance.
    • The Administration Building is directly ahead (you will come to a circle to a parking area).

    Employment Opportunities

    Hamburg Center provides a variety of employment opportunities. For specific information regarding current and future openings please contact:

    Human Resource Department
    Hamburg Center
    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