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BREAST CANCER SUPPORT SERVICES OF BERKS COUNTY

You are Not Alone: Caring, Compassion, Comfort, Community, Confidential

aka BCSS   |   West Reading, PA   |  www.bcssberks.org

Mission

Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County provides hope, emotional support, education, and resources to every person affected by breast cancer.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Michele M. Reinert

Main address

529 Reading Avenue Suite C

West Reading, PA 19611 USA

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EIN

23-2762595

NTEE code info

(Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation) (E86)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Comfort Bags

BCSS offers Berks women and men a Comfort Bag at the time of breast cancer diagnosis. Designed to provide comfort at a confusing time, the bags include a book, pillows and other soothing, practical items. Each Comfort Bag is prepared in the BCSS office by volunteers.

Population(s) Served

These small, confidential 3-week sessions are designed for women diagnosed with breast cancer within the past 6 months. Trained facilitators who are breast cancer survivors themselves lead the group. This group offers breast cancer survivors a unique opportunity to meet and explore common concerns. Meetings are free and held twice a year.

Population(s) Served

Monthly meetings for all survivors are upbeat and fun. Guest speakers present valuable information, always allowing time for mutual sharing and support. Share conversation and the companionship of other survivors. Meetings are free.

Lunch & Learn is a daytime program for survivors which offers guest speakers on topics of interest. A complimentary, healthy lunch before the program provides an opportunity to connect with others. Meetings are held 4X/year and are free.

Population(s) Served

BCSS partners with FORCE to offer information and support to people who are exploring the impact of hereditary breast cancer.

Population(s) Served

Young survivors under the age of 45 meet to discuss their unique needs. Fertility, motherhood, and dating are common concerns faced by young survivors. Meetings are free.

Population(s) Served

The telephone support line is available 7 days a week between 9am-9pm. You will talk to a survivor. Our trained peer volunteers respond to calls and provide comfort and support during critical times. Call the Support Line at 610.375.9925.

Our online feature on our website allows women to email directly to a survivor volunteer for comfort and support. Go to www.bcssberks.org and read the volunteer profiles and choose the one whose experience best matches your question or situation.

Population(s) Served

Soul Survivors is a program to reduce disparities for African American/Black women by providing hope, outreach, education, emotional and social support to breast cancer survivors, family members and the community. Program sessions promote cultural awareness and are open to all breast cancer survivors.

Population(s) Served

BCSS partners with METAvivor which is dedicated to the specific fight of women and men living with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC).

Population(s) Served

The Counseling Assistance Program (CAP) assists individuals in need of cancer-related behavioral health treatment. The CAP provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families to help with the cost or cost shares (deductibles, co-payments) for services (up to 3 sessions) covered by licensed mental health providers.

The Survivor Financial Aid Fund was designed to ease the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis. This is not an emergency fund. The applicant must be in active treatment for breast cancer (hormonal therapy is not considered active treatment). This fund offers a patient in need, a one-time grant up to $500 per year or as funds are available. We are not able to consider major medical expenses; however, we are able to provide limited financial assistance with household and living expenses.

Population(s) Served

El Poder del Rosado is a program that enhances the quality of life for the Hispanic/Latino community by providing breast cancer survivors breast health awareness through comprehensive education and emotional support empowering those with a breast cancer diagnosis. Program sessions include culturally sensitive topics and are open to all breast cancer survivors. To get connected to bilingual services in our community, call 610.478.1447 and leave a message in Spanish or English.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BREAST CANCER SUPPORT SERVICES OF BERKS COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 05/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Debbie Lessie

Caitlin Long

Tammy Dahms

Tamara Smith

Lisa Spencer

Matthew Flannery

Denise Strohmayr

Erin Vida

Alan Ross

Georgette Dukes-McAllister

Susan Stalnecker

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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