The Woods / Allies Partnership
Providing Greater Capacity to Serve and Support
In May 2012, Allies proudly became a Resource Subsidiary of Woods Services— one of the nation’s oldest and most well-respected human service organizations providing supportive care to individuals with developmental disabilities in Pennsylvania. Sharing an unwavering commitment to excellence through responsive, innovative, and tailored care, this powerful partnership enables both Allies and Woods Services to significantly extend their reach and help more people with special needs realize their dreams.
Allies and Woods Services’ mutual dedication to achieving exceptional outcomes for the people they serve made the organizations a natural fit for partnership. Whether it’s finding safe and comfortable homes for people to live in or securing meaningful employment that promotes independence, the move blends best practices of the two organizations and allows for even more comprehensive service and care.
Woods Services has a remarkable 100-year-history of success in helping people attain greater levels of self-sufficiency. From residential programs and educational services to recreational opportunities, vocational training, and therapeutic supports, Woods offers individualized and evidence-based solutions that considerably improve lives. The organization’s experienced and devoted employees and forward-thinking board are the driving force behind Woods’ meaningful accomplishments. They provide the leadership and on-going commitment to preserve program excellence and the highest quality of service.
Now operating under Woods’ Board of Trustees, the merger positions Allies to draw on the organization’s rich history, progressive vision, and invaluable insight in the field. It also enables both organizations to pool critical resources and expand support networks throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This strategic collaboration is already leading to superior levels of care that is opening more doors for the people we serve. And by providing additional foundational support and resources, the partnership ensures both Allies and Woods Services are able to continue to provide these exceptional programs for the next 100 years to come.
“Mollie Woods, our founder, would be very proud of this moment. Her vision, almost 100 years ago, was to provide all the supports and services one would need to ‘know the joy of achievement’ and to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. I have the greatest respect for Allies’ President and CEO, Elise Tretola, who, much like Mollie, recognized a need and created an organization to support underserved individuals. She built a strong network of programs and services that provide people with disabilities the support they need to achieve independent and full lives.”
Diana L. Ramsay, President & CEO of Woods Services