The Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD) was founded in 1974. Our mission statement is : "PRAHD is dedicated to developing human potential and promoting self-sufficiency through programs designed to improve the social, economic, health and educational status of the community in a culturally sensitive environment."
PRAHD has grown and expanded to become a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified comprehensive social service agency with a budget of $2.8 million. The agency operates 16 programs offering multiple services for more than 17,000 unduplicated clients annually throughout Middlesex, Essex, Union, Monmouth and Ocean counties. PRAHD employs 65 staff members. It also relies on the support of hundreds of volunteers who work in all areas of agency operations.
We have a long-standing record of accountability and excellence in programmatic and fiscal areas as well as a unique connection to the community we serve. We are not just a social service agency, but also the place where people come with their families to celebrate holidays, festivals and other cultural events.
PRAHD's programs and services include: pre-school, tutoring and after school programs, summer youth recreation, youth work readiness program, housing assistance programs (foreclosure and pre/post purchase counseling), HIV/AIDS educational services, substance abuse prevention, employment and training for senior citizens, assisted transportation, language translation and interpretation, information and referrals, advocacy, home care for homebound and developmentally disabled individuals, diabetes program, blindness prevention programs and numerous recreational, social and cultural activities.