When Janet Pomeroy founded the Recreation Center for the Handicapped (now known as Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center/PRRC) in 1952, few thought it would survive. As far as Janet knew, there were no other recreation centers for people with disabilities. Her work started with six teens and two volunteers in one room of the nearby Fleishacker Pool Building. In 1973, just four years before the passage of the historic Lanterman Act, the program moved to the other side of the San Francisco Zoo, and is still located at 207 Skyline Blvd.
Janet's dream, to meet community needs for programs serving children and adults with disabilities, has become a reality. Today, through its programs and services PRRC serves nearly 2,000 people every week. Our center has been acknowledged nationally and internationally for pioneering recreation programs for people with developmental disabilities and for leadership in vocational rehabilitation, education, respite care and community-based programs. Our range of services has expanded from San Francisco to San Mateo counties.