Mortimer Bates was nine years old when he came to Woods in 1948. After living at Woods for almost 10 years, he moved to Florida to be closer to his family. During his time at Woods, Bates made close friends and developed an interest in photography. Bates explains that “Woods’ teaching was individualized and you could work at your own speed. . . I was happy and was there so long because Woods did its job.”
Bates completed high school in Florida and went on to study photography and eventually became a Wedding Photographer. Bates retired in 2003 and now spends his time catching up with friends he made at Woods. He appreciates his time at Woods because of these friendships and for the support he received. “No teenager wants to be away from home, but as an adult I realize how much Woods helped me.” He has been one of Woods’ most loyal donors for the last 16 years. His support has most certainly helped empower the more than 675 individuals at Woods to achieve their potential, reach their goals and lead fulfilling lives.
Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) was formed in July 2007, as a result of the sale of Foundations Behavioral Health. FCP is a philanthropic grant-making foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County. Since 2013, FCP has made a total of $52,700 in grants to Woods in support of:
- A Health and Wellness Curriculum for students with behavioral health challenges, including a group membership at the YMCA. The goal of the program is to improve self esteem and decrease maladaptive behavior.
- Improvements to a basketball court at Woodlands toprovide more fitness opportunities for students.
- Projectors that act as interactive white boards in classrooms help stimulate learning and encourage greater student participation.
- A Girl Power program provided education and tools for adolescent girls with behavioral health issues. The goal was to enhance self-esteem, resist peer pressure, learn life skills, and live a healthy life.
Transportation is an important aspect of daily life for individuals with disabilities. Woods’ Transportation Services runs an average of 1,500 transports each day throughout Woods’ 285 acre main campus in Langhorne. More than 620 individuals, many of whom are medically fragile or have physical challenges and require wheelchairs for mobility, are transported to an educational or vocational program five days per week. Woods also transports individuals to medical appointments, home visits and recreational activities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware.
Because Woods’ ability to purchase vehicles is limited, it has been the tradition of Woods Services to fund such expenses through contributions and grants. Since 2007, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has contributed a total of $485,000 towards the purchase of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The grants from PennDOT covers 80 percent of the total cost and is from a federal capital assistance program that provides transportation services for people with disabilities and the elderly.