Vocational & Employment Services

Community Participation Supports

 Support and training are provided both at a facility and in inclusive community settings to build work interest and develop skills to lead toward competitive integrated employment. While training is provided at a specific site, weekly opportunities exist for community integration. Community opportunities include structured volunteer activities as well as activities to promote work skills and recreational and community inclusion. 

  • Industrial Operations-Subcontracts with business and industry are utilized to provide work experience and training options for individuals preparing for competitive employment. We match the skills of the supported individuals with the production demands of the local community. This occurs onsite at our Work Activity Center at 1000 Lancaster Avenue, Reading, PA.

Community Participation Support Services in Berks County



TRS Wood Products

  • Intensive Vocational Training-Developmental and pre-vocational training is available for individuals experiencing significant cognitive and physical challenges. Staff to client ratio is increased up to 1:1, providing additional support. This more customized support is provided at the Work Activity Center at 1000 Lancaster Avenue.
  • TRS Wood Products-1015 Rockland St., Reading, PA. Founded in 1984 to manufacture wooden cable reels for the wire, cable and cordage industries throughout the mid-Atlantic region, TRS Wood Products provides a focused opportunity for disabled individuals to develop vocational skills in an industrial setting.

 Instruction is given under the guidance of trained staff with support from Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) Vocational Specialists.  Funding for services may be from Consolidated Waiver, Community Living Waiver, Person & Family Directed Supports Waiver or private resources. 

Community Participation Supports is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm.  The offices of Threshold Rehabilitation Services are open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.  For more information, email IDDServices@trsinc.org, or call 610-777-7691, ext. 103.  Fax 610-777-1295.

Gary McMullen
Vice President, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services
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