Where HEROES Are Made Campaign

The Campaign to Renovate and Expand Schreiber

Image shows a rendering of what the new Schreiber building addition will look like when it is complete.
Three-Story Addition Opening Fall 2023

In 1936, our hero Edna Schreiber began helping children and adults stricken with polio relearn to walk. What began as one woman’s calling has become a world-class therapeutic treatment center. One thing has remained constant for 87 years: The work by our therapists is where miracles happen every day.

In October 2022, Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development launched its $12.4 million Where Heroes are Made Capital campaign with three goals in mind:

  1. Bring all of Schreiber’s services together under one roof with a new three-story addition.
  2. Renovate our existing facility to enhance and optimize existing treatment space to reduce our existing 500+ person waiting list.
  3. Build our endowment to sustain Schreiber’s offerings long-term.
Image shows a pie graph titled "Where HEROES Are Made .4M Campaign Budget. 
,805,000 Endowment
,700,000 Soft Costs
,895.000 Construction Costs

As we did in 1936, Schreiber continues to treat children across our region regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Revenue from program services – primarily reimbursements from Medicaid for therapy sessions – provides the lion’s share of our operating budget. They do not nearly cover all of our costs. The services Schreiber provides receive the lowest reimbursement rates on the Medicaid fee schedule. With nearly 95 percent of the children, we see covered by Medicaid (regardless of parents’ income), Schreiber spends $74 more than we are paid for every hour of service. That means, every time our therapists help a child walk, speak or learn to hold their mom or dad’s hand, Schreiber loses money.

Fortunately, our community consistently steps up to fill that gap each year. We are incredibly grateful to all those who have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children and families who depend on Schreiber.

To maximize therapy revenue and reduce our current 500+ wait list, we must operate even more efficiently. A larger renovated facility will make those improvements possible and allow Schreiber to continue providing these essential services – to be a place where heroes are made.

  • Endowment: Building Schreiber’s Future

    In addition to planning for today, we’re also planning for our future and are committed to growing Schreiber’s endowment. Non-profit industry standards suggest that organizations should have an endowment that totals two to three size their operating cost. An additional $2 million would bring our existing endowment portfolio $4M, about two-thirds of our annual operating expenses.

    With an increased footprint comes additional overhead costs – heating/cooling, cleaning, therapy equipment, staff salaries and more. Growing the Schreiber endowment solidifies our ability to continue caring for our region’s children for generations to come.

  • Campaign Leadership

    We are truly blessed to have the involvement of so many community and business leaders driving our Where Heroes Are Made campaign.

    Steering Committee:

    • Jeffrey Bankert, Fulton Financial Advisors, Chair
    • Robert Brandt, III, Benchmark Construction
    • Carolyn Carlson, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
    • Dennis Denenberg, Community Volunteer
    • Jennifer Johnson, Armstrong World Industries (retired)
    • Thomas Jordan, Univest Financial
    • Sarah Lesser, Truist
    • Drake Nicholas, Barley Snyder
    • Paul Nikolaus, RLPS
    • Ernest Schreiber, Community Volunteer, Communications Committee
    • Mark Simeral, Simeral Construction
    • Michael Thornton, Clark Associates Inc. Charitable Foundation

    Staff Support:

    • James DeBord, President
    • Michael DePorter, Director of Finance
    • Danielle Sunday, Director of Development
  • Ways to Give

    Schreiber welcomes gifts of cash, securities, grants as well as planned gifts.

    Ready to discuss a gift to the Where HEROES Are Made campaign? Interested in a tour, or a personal meeting? Please contact Director of Fund Development Danielle Sunday at 717-393-0425 ext. 108 or via email at dsunday@schreiberpediatric.org.

    Named endowment and space opportunities are available for commitments of $25,000+.




A new three-story addition will create the space for kids
 to receive the care they deserve when they need it.

Make a Gift Today to Become a Schreiber HERO!