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2017

January

Capital Area Head Start Receives a Federal Grant to Extend Classroom Hours

A grant of $1.12 million will allow Capital Area Head Start to extend classroom hours for 192 children in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties in Pennsylvania. Read more

Courthouse Dog Makes Testifying in Court Less Stressful for Children

SSD Diego, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania’s first courthouse dog, works with children to relieve some of their anxiety while testifying in court. Read more about how Diego makes a difference in children’s lives.

UN Moldova Video Features Keystone Moldova

Watch the video highlighting Keystone Moldova’s work to support young adults to live in the community. The video was created by the UN Moldova when Keystone Moldova received the UN Moldova Human Rights Award. Watch the video (with English subtitles)

Find Your Career with Keystone

Are you looking to start a new career where you make a difference in people’s lives? Join Keystone Human Services! Learn more

Faces of Recovery Newsletter

Read the latest edition of Mental Health Services’ Faces of Recovery newsletter. You’ll find stories of hope and recovery from mental illness, shared by men and women with lived experience. Read the newsletter

Follow Chocolatefest on Facebook

Are you coming to Chocolatefest on January 29 at Hershey Lodge? Like our Chocolatefest Facebook Page for more information about which chocolatiers will be there, silent auction items, the cake competition, entertainment, and more!

Keystone Moldova Received the UN Moldova Award in Human Rights

Congratulations to Keystone Moldova on receiving the UN Moldova award in the field of human rights for their outstanding work in developing community services for individuals with disabilities! Watch the video (in Romanian only)

Tips for a Successful Farm Show Outing with your Service Dog in Training

Susquehanna Service Dogs share five tips to help puppy raisers successfully take their service dogs in training to the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Read the blog post

February

Vote ChocolateBall and Chocolatefest for Simply the Best 2017

Did you enjoy ChocolateBall or Chocolatefest? Vote ChocolateBall as the “Black-Tie Charity Event” and Chocolatefest as the “Themed Fundraiser” in Harrisburg Magazine’s Simply the Best 2017! You have until April 17 to cast your vote. Vote now

Capital Area Head Start Families Meet with PA Governor Wolf

On February 14, children and families from Capital Area Head Start joined Pennsylvania Governor Wolf for a press conference highlighting his proposal to expand the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program and Pre-K Counts. View photos

Register for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Support Susquehanna Service Dogs and #WalkforSSD in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! Registration is now open for the May 20 Walk. One hundred percent of the money you raise will come to Susquehanna Service Dogs. Register now

Susquehanna Service Dogs Cookbook

Enjoy over 200 recipes submitted by Susquehanna Service Dogs’ volunteers, partners, and friends! Cookbooks cost $15, or $10 for a digital version. Proceeds benefit SSD. Buy your cookbook

Start Your Career with Keystone

Are you looking for a rewarding career? Join Keystone Human Services and make a difference in people’s lives! Learn more

500 Men Reading

Capital Area Head Start is participating in 500 Men Reading on March 7. Through this program, men visit classrooms and read to students, giving children the opportunity to meet new role models. Sign up to read

Capital Area Head Start’s Annual Accomplishments

During the 2015-2016 school year, Capital Area Head Start served 1,138 children and families. Read more about their accomplishments.

Chocolatefest Weekend

All this week, check out the Chocolatefest Facebook Page for photos and videos from Chocolatefest Weekend, Keystone Human Services’ biggest fundraiser. If you attended the big event, share your photos using #KHSChocfest. View the Chocolatefest Page

March

Faces of Recovery Newsletter

Read stories about hope and recovery from mental illness in the latest issue of the Faces of Recovery newsletter, written by members of Leadership Council from Keystone Human Services Mental Health Services. Read the newsletter

Inclusive India

Shri Mukesh Jain, the Joint Secretary and CEO of the National Trust in India, shares a message about the Inclusive India campaign to promote full and equal community participation for people with disabilities. Keystone Institute India is proud to collaborate with the National Trust and The Hans Foundation on inclusion. Learn more

Wellness Day

On March 17, Capital Area Head Start teachers and staff participated in Wellness Day, a day to relax, have fun, and let go of stress. Each group planned wellness activities, such as volunteering, playing board games, exercising, painting, eating a healthy meal, and more. You can find photos of some of the activities on CAHS’s Facebook Page.

Puppy Cam

Watch Susquehanna Service Dogs’ newest litters of puppies on the puppy cam, sponsored by Brenner Family of Dealerships. Watch the puppy cams

Seeking Invitation, Not Permission

After being profoundly rejected for his entire life, “permission” to rejoin society is not the dream that one Indian man holds. He dreams of being invited back into the community. Read more on Keystone Institute India’s blog

500 Men Reading

March 7 is 500 Men Reading, an event where men from various professions visit classrooms and read to students. Several employees from Keystone Human Services, including President and CEO Charles Hooker, will visit Capital Area Head Start classrooms. To see photos from the event, visit Capital Area Head Start’s Facebook Page

People’s Flea and Festival to Benefit Susquehanna Service Dogs

Join 105.7 the X and Susquehanna Service Dogs on April 22 for The People’s Flea and Festival! The event includes arts and crafts vendors, flea market stands, and food vendors. More details

Form a Team for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Gather your friends, family, and co-workers and form a team to support Susquehanna Service Dogs in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! Details

Read Across America

March 2 is Read Across America Day! Join the conversation on Capital Area Head Start’s Facebook Page, share your favorite children’s books, and learn about the importance of reading during early childhood. Visit CAHS’s Facebook Page

Mental Health Services Leadership Council Shares Stories with HACC Students

On March 1, members of our Mental Health Services Leadership Council are sharing stories of recovery from mental illness with students at HACC. Learn more about Leadership Council

April

Walk for a Healthy Community

Support Susquehanna Service Dogs in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 20 at HACC! Sign up as an individual walker (or virtual walker), join a team, or just give a donation. All money raised supports Susquehanna Service Dogs to raise, train, and place service dogs to assist people with disabilities to become more independent. More details

Find a Rewarding Career at Keystone

We’re hiring! Join us and start a rewarding career making a difference in people’s lives. Learn more and apply online

Follow Keystone Human Services on Facebook

For opportunities for advocacy, updates, and other mission-related posts, like Keystone Human Services’ Facebook Page.

Spreading the Wings of Recovery

On April 21, Dr. Mark Saltzer from Temple University will be speaking with our Mental Health Services Leadership Council about community integration and recovery.

Vote ChocolateBall and Chocolatefest for Simply the Best 2017

Did you enjoy ChocolateBall and Chocolatefest? Vote ChocolateBall as the “Black-Tie Charity Event” and Chocolatefest as the “Themed Fundraiser” in Harrisburg Magazine’s Simply the Best 2017! Voting ends on April 17. Vote now

Booth Space Still Available for The People’s Flea and Festival

The People’s Flea and Festival to benefit Susquehanna Service Dogs is coming up on April 22. Booths for individuals, home-based businesses, and vendors are still available. More details

Act Now: Ask Your Legislator to Support Funding for Intellectual Disability and Autism Services

For the first time in 10 years, the Pennsylvania budget includes increased funding for intellectual disability and autism services. These rate increases are critical to the people we serve and the people who support them. Act now and ask your PA legislator to support funding for intellectual disability and autism services in the budget. Contact your legislator

May

2016

January

Buy Your Chocolatefest Tickets!

Tickets to Chocolatefest are now available! Buy yours today so you don’t miss out on any of the chocolate. Buy tickets

Join Us for the Beach Ball

ChocolateBall is a Beach Ball this year! Join us on January 30 at 6 p.m. at Hershey Lodge for the Beach Ball, a black tie event with dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and more. Learn more

Who will win the Chocolatefest cake competition?

What will our chocolatiers make for Chocolatefest? And who will win the cake competition? Visit the Chocolatefest Facebook Page to watch the videos. Don’t forget to buy your tickets!

Telling Your Recovery Story Workshop

Stories are a powerful way to educate and motivate people. On March 24-25, the Copeland Center is holding a “Telling Your Recovery Story” workshop in Harrisburg, PA. Attendees will examine the power of storytelling and learn how to craft their own recovery story to educate and connect with people. Learn more

Capital Area Head Start Is Hiring

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children and families? Join us at Capital Area Head Start! CAHS is hiring for a variety of positions. Learn more at KeystoneEmployment.com

Now Enrolling for Capital Area Head Start

Capital Area Head Start is enrolling children ages 3-5 for preschool at their center at Foose School in Harrisburg, PA. Classes begin in March. Call 717-541-1795 to enroll! More details about enrollment

February

Follow Keystone Institute India on Social Media

Keep up with the work of Keystone Institute India on Facebook, Twitter, and the blog. KII is an educational institute working to create a more inclusive Indian society.

Register for the Highmark Walk

Sign up to walk for Susquehanna Service Dogs in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! One hundred percent of donations go directly to SSD. Register today

Photos from Chocolatefest

Check out the photos from ChocolateBall and Chocolatefest on the Chocolatefest Facebook Page!

Charles J. Hooker, III selected as Keystone Human Services’ President-Elect

As part of Dennis Felty’s planned retirement as President of Keystone Human Services, the KHS Board of Directors appointed Charles Hooker, III as President-Elect. He will assume the role of KHS President and CEO when Dennis transitions into the role of Founding President in fall of 2016. Read more

View Chocolatefest photos

Thank you to everyone who helped make Chocolatefest Weekend a success! You can view photos from ChocolateBall and Chocolatefest on the Facebook Page.

Partnerships Amplify Efforts and Actions toward Inclusion

Keystone Institute India is building partnerships in India to share ideas and practices and increase inclusion for all people. Read more

Trust the Process, Trust the People

A new blog post by the Keystone Institute India explores the power and importance of imitation and modeling behavior. Read the blog

March

I #WalkforSSD because puppies in training change lives every day

Deb Tack, a puppy raiser, is walking in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community to support Susquehanna Service Dogs because puppies in training change lives. Will you #WalkforSSD, too?  Read Deb’s blog post

Enroll your child in Head Start at Foose School

Enrollment is still open for Capital Area Head Start’s spring semester at Foose School. Classes start in March. Call 717-541-1795. Learn more and enroll today

Transition Fair 2016

On March 11 at HACC – Midtown 2 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., there will be a Transition Fair for students in 11th and 12th grade. This should be a great way to explore your or your child’s options after they graduate high school. Topics include post-secondary education, community employment, and transportation, among others.  More details

Leaky Roofs Matter

Betsy Neuville, Director of the Keystone Institute and Keystone Institute India, has a new blog post exploring the metaphor of “leaky roofs matter” and the importance of addressing people’s most pressing needs first. Read the blog

Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners

Congratulations to Barry Newill, who recently became a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP)! Barry is the Central Regional Director of our Mental Health Services. Our Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program is one of the ways we’re walking beside men and women on their journey to recovery from mental illness. Read more

Job Openings

Are you looking for a rewarding career? We’re hiring! We have several open positions, including positions within Intellectual Disabilities Services. Search job openings

The People’s Flea Market

Join Susquehanna Service Dogs for The People’s Flea Market on April 23 at 3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA! All the details about securing a booth or attending the event are available on the website.

Faces of Recovery Newsletter

If you haven’t read it yet, check out the January 2016 edition of Faces of Recovery. It’s full of personal stories of recovery from mental illness. Read the newsletter

Open Enrollment for Head Start at Foose School

Space is still available in Capital Area Head Start preschool classrooms at Foose School in Harrisburg, PA. Call 717-541-1795 to enroll your child today. More details

#WalkforSSD in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Why do you #WalkforSSD in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community? Puppy raiser Maddie Levy shares her reasons for walking. Read the blog

Comments Needed on Connecticut’s Five Year Plan Goals

Joyce Lewis, Vice President of Key Human Services in Connecticut, was appointed to the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities, which is currently soliciting comments on the Five Year Plan Goals for 2017-2021. Please read the goals and, if you are a resident of Connecticut, submit your comments.

Coming Out of the Shadows: Shedding Light on Mental Health

On April 2, Millersville University is hosting a conference on mental health, “Coming Out of the Shadows: Shedding Light on Mental Health.” Several employees and Leadership Council members from our Mental Health Services will be presenting about mental health and recovery, including Mike Grier, Director of Mental Health Services; JoAnne Meyers; and Karl Schwartz. Ticket information

April

Documentary: “I Go Home”

Imagine living somewhere you didn’t choose and not being allowed to leave. For a long time, this was the reality for people with intellectual disabilities. On April 11 at 6 p.m., WITF is holding a sneak preview of their documentary, “I Go Home,” about the lives of people with disabilities in institutions. Dennis Felty, President of KHS; Betsy Neuville, Director of the Keystone Institute; and Mel Knowlton, a key player in the deinstitutionalization movement were all interviewed as part of the documentary. More details

Congratulations, SRV Grads!

Congratulations to our newest group of Social Role Valorization graduates! They completed the four-day workshop, where they learned about the wounding life experiences people with disabilities experience and how positive social roles can affect inclusion in the community. View photos

Living Forward

“What does the past mean for those of us trying to craft a positive future for people with disability?” Betsy Neuville, Director of Keystone Institute India, explores this question in the latest Seeking the Way blog post. Read the blog

New Documentary on Wolf Wolfensberger

Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization is a new documentary about the development of the principles of normalization and social role valorization and Wolfensberger’s invaluable contribution to the inclusion of people with disabilities in everyday life. Betsy Neuville, Director of Keystone Institute, was interviewed for the documentary. Watch the trailer

Come to The People’s Flea on April 23

Join Susquehanna Service Dogs and 105.7 the X for The People’s Flea from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. on April 23 at Crosspoint United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, PA. More details

Independence Unleashed

Susquehanna Service Dogs has launched their new newsletter, Independence Unleashed! You’ll be able to read stories about partners and their service dogs, SSD’s puppies in training, the Dogs on Campus program, training tips, and more. Read the newsletter

Faces of Recovery

Read the latest newsletter by our Mental Health Services Leadership Council! Faces of Recovery is full of personal stories, poems, and artwork about hope and recovery from mental illness. Read the newsletter

May

Watch I Go Home on April 21 on WITF

WITF’s powerful new documentary, I Go Home, will air at 8 p.m. on April 21 on WITF. I Go Home tells the history of people with disabilities living in Pennhurst State School and Hospital. This story of neglect and mistreatment is important to acknowledge and understand so we as a society can continue moving forward to support people to live meaningful lives in the community.

A Grassroots Effort That Took Seed and Blossomed

Susquehanna Service Dogs was featured in Harrisburg Magazine this past month. Read the article to get a “behind the scenes” look at our program.

May Is Mental Health Month

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is “Life with a Mental Illness.” When there’s still such a strong stigma around mental illness, it’s important to talk about it. All month, we’ll post about mental health and recovery on our Facebook Page.

ANCOR 2016 Pennsylvania Direct Support Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Jerome Williams, the ANCOR 2016 Pennsylvania Direct Support Professional of the Year! Jerome works as a DSP in our Intellectual Disabilities Services in Central PA. For the past 27 years, he has built trusting relationships with the people he supports and has been a strong advocate for people to live in the community and pursue their dreams. Congratulations, Jerome! More

Less Than Two Weeks Until the Highmark Walk

There are less than two weeks until the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! Sign up today #WalkforSSD and raise money to support Susquehanna Service Dogs! Sign up

Charles Hooker to Present at International Trade Conference

On May 18, President-Elect and Senior Vice President Charles Hooker will participate in a luncheon panel discussion at the World Trade Center Harrisburg’s International Trade Conference in Lancaster. Charles will discuss our international efforts to promote strong, community-based human service systems in Eastern Europe and beyond. Learn more and follow #ITC16.

Donate to Support SSD in the Highmark Walk

The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is on Saturday, May 21 at HACC in Harrisburg, PA. You can help Susquehanna Service Dogs reach their goal of raising $32,000. All funds donated go directly to SSD. Sign up and donate now.

2016 Recovery Workforce Summit

Several employees from Mental Health Services are presenting at the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s 2016 Recovery Workforce Summit on May 23. Ellwyn Andres, Director of Professional Development; Paul Snyder, Education Manager; and Stacey Lind, Mental Health Professional will present “Recovery of Valued Social Roles,” a discussion about Social Role Valorization and workforce development. More details

Donate to Susquehanna Service Dogs for the Highmark Walk

There’s still time to donate to help Susquehanna Service Dogs reach their goal of raising $32,000 in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! Donate now

June

Creating a Culture of Direct Support Competency

Leadership within our Intellectual Disabilities Services are attending an educational event on “Creating a Culture of Direct Support Competency” on June 29. Facilitated in conjunction with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), the event includes sessions on the roles and expectations of direct support professionals, the NADSP’s Code of Ethics, and nurturing a competent, empowered direct support workforce that can support individuals with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Follow @Keystone_KHS on Twitter for live tweets during the event.

PA Autism Training Conference

On June 28-30, employees from Keystone Autism Services (KAS) are attending the PA Autism Training Conference. This conference is designed to provide professionals with the tools to support individuals with autism and their families to lead full lives in the community. Learn more about the conference.

A Thin Line

Read Keystone Institute India’s latest blog post reflecting on the continuum of disability and how everyone experiences varying degrees of ability and disability throughout their lives. Read the post

Enroll in Head Start for the 2016-2017 School Year

Enrollment for the 2016-2017 Capital Area Head Start school year is open! If you are pregnant or have a child ages 0-5, you may be eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start. More details

Strengths-Based Symposium—Building Skills; Engaging Communities

On June 16, Ellwyn Andres and Sharon Donovan-Sheridan from Mental Health Services will present at Temple University Harrisburg’s Strengths-Based Symposium – Building Skills; Engaging Communities. In their presentation “What’s Strong Not What’s Wrong,” they’ll discuss psychiatric rehabilitation for people experiencing mental illness and the importance of recovery-oriented services that focus on the person’s strengths. Learn more

Start a Rewarding Career with Keystone Human Services

Are you looking for a rewarding career? Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives? Start your career with Keystone Human Services! We have open positions throughout Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware. Search jobs

Watch WITF’s Documentary i go home

WITF’s powerful new documentary, i go home, is available online. It tells the history of people with disabilities living in Pennhurst State School and Hospital. This story of neglect and mistreatment is important to acknowledge and understand so we as a society can continue to live meaningful lives in the community. Watch the documentary

July

Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization

On July 20, Keystone Institute hosted a screening of the documentary Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization. Wolfensberger, normalization, and later social role valorization have challenged how society views and treats people with disabilities, and have paved the way for inclusion in community life. Watch the preview or buy the documentary

SSD Slate: Service Dog to Veterans

“Slate saved my life,” says John Wiesniewski about his service dog. SSD Slate is trained as a psychiatric service dog by Susquehanna Service Dogs. Read the story

Exclusive Screening of the Documentary Valuing Lives

Join Keystone Institute on July 20 at Messiah College for an exclusive screening of Valuing Lives, a new documentary about Wolf Wolfensberger and his principle of normalization. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. at Messiah College’s Howe Atrium, followed by the film at 7 p.m. in the adjacent Parmer Cinema. Please RSVP online.

Learn about Capital Area Head Start’s Home Based Programs During #KHSMissionFocus

On July 14 Melanie Heller, Lorrie Delp, and Amber Fields will give a #KHSMissionFocus presentation about Capital Area Head Start’s Home Based programs and how home visitors and building relationships and empowering families to succeed. Like CAHS on Facebook to view the live posts from their presentation.

Out of the Shell Puppy Cam

Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Out of the Shell puppies are on the puppy cam. You can watch these six puppies play and grow until they’re eight weeks old. Watch the puppy cam

Chip in for Charity

If you’re planning to attend the PGA TOUR Travelers Championship in Connecticut on August 1-7, buy your tickets through Key Human Services! You’ll save $21 off the regular ticket price, plus 50% of Key’s total ticket sales will be donated back to us to support the work we do! More details

Calling All Young Artists!

As part of their 5K race event, Key Human Services is holding a Children’s Art Contest! Children ages 12 and under can submit artwork for the chance to win prizes, including having their artwork featured on the race t-shirt! Contest rules

Creating a Culture of Direct Support Competency

On June 29, leadership from our Intellectual Disabilities Services attended a workshop facilitated by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. We live tweeted as leadership learned about how to empower direct support professionals to support the people they serve to make informed decisions and direct their lives. Check out #NADSPevent to see more.

August

A Better Future for People with Disability in India

Keystone Institute India, in partnership with The Hans Foundation and the National Trust, conducted India’s first ever three-day Social Role Valorization course. Leaders in the disability movement, activists, advocates, family members, professionals, and people with lived experience with disability joined together to learn about SRV theory and practice to advance the well-being of people with disabilities. Read more

Join Keystone Human Services International in Building Inclusive Communities

Keystone Human Services International is part of an ongoing global effort to build inclusive communities where people with disabilities around the world receive appropriate support and have access to opportunities for meaningful lives. Read Charles Hooker’s latest letter about joining Keystone Human Services International’s work.

Tickets for the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey’s Merlot Release Party

Susquehanna Service Dogs has partnered with the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey to sell tickets for their Merlot and Pumpkin Beer Release Party on August 27, featuring the band everclear! Tickets cost $15, and the total cost of your ticket will be donated back to SSD. You must call Kerry Wevodau at 717-497-4430 to get your tickets.

New Blog Post: “Curb Our Enthusiasm”

India recently passed a new Mental Health Care Act, which takes steps to protect their rights of individuals experiencing mental illness. Read Keystone Institute India’s latest blog post about the Act and the complexity of mental health. Read the post

Read the New Issue of Independence Unleashed

Read the new issue of Susquehanna Service Dogs’ newsletter, Independence Unleashed. You’ll find stories about our working teams and owner trained service dogs, as well as a list of ways you can volunteer with SSD. Read the newsletter

Join the Keystone Golf Tournament

Join Keystone as a sponsor or player for our annual Keystone Golf Tournament. Held at the verdant Colonial Golf & Tennis Club in Harrisburg, PA, the tournament benefits our children’s services, including Capital Area Head Start, Early Intervention, and Susquehanna Service Dogs. Details

Looking for a New Career? Join Keystone!

Start your new career where you can truly make a difference in people’s lives. Keystone Human Services has several open positions throughout Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware. Learn more

International Assistance Dog Week

August 7-13 is International Assistance Dog Week. Visit Susquehanna Service Dogs Facebook Page to join the conversation about how service dogs change people’s lives. Want to get involved? Become a puppy raiser for SSD! Learn more about raising a puppy

SSD Night at the Harrisburg Senators Game

August 6 is Susquehanna Service Dogs Night at the Harrisburg Senators game. SSD Hunter will “throw” the first pitch, and attendees will be able to meet some of SSD’s service dogs in training. Tickets cost $11, and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to SSD. Buy your tickets

September

Watch the Video about Social and Financial Inclusion for Women and Girls

On September 19 Keystone Human Services had the opportunity to highlight some of the work of Keystone Moldova on the social and financial inclusion for women and girls. Tamara Andries and Ludmila Jalba shared their stories about their lives and inclusion. Watch the video

Social and Financial Inclusion for Women and Girls at the Clinton Global Initiative

On September 19, Keystone Human Services has the opportunity to share our work on the Social and Financial Inclusion for Women and Girls at Clinton Global Initiative. Tamara Andries and Ludmila Jalba from the Republic of Moldova will share their stories about inclusion during the 2 p.m. Plenary Session. You can watch it live, follow along on our Facebook Page and Twitter.

Ghost in the Machine

In her latest blog post for Keystone Institute India, Betsy Neuville reflects on the application of western service models in India and the need for adaptation and open-mindedness. Read the post

Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

September 11-17 is Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week! Our direct support professionals do amazing work supporting individuals to pursue their goals and dreams. Thank you for your dedication! Read about Jerome Williams, the ANCOR PA Direct Support Professional of the Year.

“I Am Not a Mental Patient. I Am a Secretary.”

Valued social roles make a huge difference in people’s lives. Read the latest blog post from Betsy Neuville, Director of Keystone Institute India, about the impact of social roles.

Buy Your Perfect Pairing Tickets

Susquehanna Service Dogs invites you to join them for A Perfect Pairing wine tasting event on October 1 from 5-10 p.m. at Hauser Estate Winery. Tickets cost $30 per person or $55 per couple and include wine tasting, appetizers, a winery tour, and a demonstration of service dog skills. Learn more

October

PAR 2016 Solutions Conference

On October 24-25, PAR (Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability) is holding its 2016 Solutions Conference. Several of our employees will be speaking during the conference. Founding President Dennis Felty will speak during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the MH/ID Act of 1966 and President Elect Charles Hooker will speak on advocacy and executive leadership immediately after the conference. William Augustine, Director of Clinical Services; Suzanne O’Hara, Associate Clinical Director; Mark Ernest, Service Director; and Hanade Abualburak, Program Director will share one person’s story of moving from a state facility to a home in the community. Learn more

Students in Capital Area Head Start #DoScience

Young scientists in one of Capital Area Head Start’s classrooms will #DoScience with volunteers from our Information Systems Department on October 24. Visit Capital Area Head Start’s Facebook Page to learn about the experiment.

#InclusionForHer : #IWantToLearn

Join us in sharing the message of #InclusionForHer, our social media campaign to promote inclusive education for girls with disabilities. You can help us spread the message by sharing on Keystone Human Services International Facebook Page  and Keystone Moldova’s Facebook Page.

Start Your Career with Keystone Human Services

We’re hiring! Start your career as a Direct Support Professional and make a difference in people’s lives. Find this and other open positions at KeystoneEmployment.com.

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This October, think #InclusionWorks. That’s the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Inclusion works for people with disabilities and it works for businesses. Learn more

November

Donate to Susquehanna Service Dogs on #GivingTuesday

On November 29, support Susquehanna Service Dogs for #GivingTuesday! Your donation will help cover the cost of annual veterinary check-ups for the service dogs in training. Learn more and donate

Join Chocolatefest as a Chocolatier

Do you bake or cook with chocolate? Join us as a Chocolatier for Chocolatefest on January 29 at Hershey Lodge! More details

Join Us on AdvancingtheHumanSpirit.org

We’re pleased to launch our new website, AdvancingtheHumanSpirit.org! You’ll be able to learn how to join Keystone as a volunteer, an employee, and a supporter and help us spread our mission of advancing the human spirit of all people. Visit the site

Making It Real

Read the latest blog post from Keystone Institute India about how parents, professionals, and governmental leaders in India are making inclusion a reality in the lives of people with disabilities. Read the post

Susquehanna Service Dogs 2017 Calendars

The 2017 Susquehanna Service Dogs calendar is now available. Each calendar features photos of SSD’s service dogs and puppies in training. Calendars cost $10, plus shipping. Buy calendars

Support Susquehanna Service Dogs on #GivingTuesday

On November 29, Susquehanna Service Dogs is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. Their goal is to raise $5,000 to cover vet expenses for their service dogs in training. Learn more

Spread the Message of #InclusionForHer

Girls with disabilities face significant barriers to attending school with their peers. Help us promote equal access to education and school inclusion for girls with disabilities! Visit Keystone Human Services International and Keystone Moldova on Facebook, @KHSInternationl on Twitter and share the message of #InclusionForHer.

Leaders from The Hans Foundation Visit to Keystone in Harrisburg

On November 7-11, leaders from The Hans Foundation are visiting Keystone Human Services in Harrisburg, PA as part of a planning retreat about our collaboration to advance the rights of people with disability in India. Learn more about Keystone Institute India and our partnership with The Hans Foundation.

2016 Annual Meeting

On November 10, we’re holding our Annual Meeting, celebrating 44 years of service to the community. We will be honoring the recipients of the Edna Silberman Humanitarian Service Award and the Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Award. Follow along on social media using #KHSmeeting16.

Buy Your Chocolatefest Tickets!

Tickets for Chocolatefest go on sale on November 1! Buy your tickets today so you don’t miss out on the cake competition, music, silent auction, basket raffle, and of course, all the chocolate! Chocolatefest will be held at Hershey Lodge on January 29. More details

December

Dreams of Becoming a Kinesiotherapist

Anghelina dreams of becoming a kinesiotherapist so she can help other children with disabilities. She also wants to become a dancer. Read her story

First National Conference of Self-Representatives in Moldova

On December 20, Keystone Moldova held the first National Conference of Self Representatives. The conference created a national network of self-representatives, which will act to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. It’s an important step toward ensuring people with disabilities have a voice in the community. Read more (article in Romanian)

Donate to Make a Difference

You can make a difference in the lives of thousands of men, women, and children who benefit through the work of Keystone Human Services. Join us in advancing the human spirit. Donate now

Recognizing Employee Anniversaries

Thank you to all of our employees celebrating milestone anniversaries with us this year! Thank you for your dedication to our mission and the people we serve. Watch the video

Chocolatefest Tickets

Join us for Chocolatefest on January 29! You’ll be able to sample tastes of chocolate from area hotels, restaurants, confectioners, and caterers. Tickets are available online.

Keystone Moldova Receives UN Human Rights Award

Congratulations to Keystone Moldova, recipients of the UN Human Rights Award for outstanding support in developing community services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “This distinction is the embodiment of the success we have all achieved together,” said Executive Director Ludmila Malcoci. Learn more

Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Puppies in Training Visit Harrisburg International Airport

Fifty service dogs in training visited Harrisburg International Airport on December 3, where they practiced riding a shuttle bus, walking through the terminal and airport security, and boarding a plane. Watch the video by HIA

#GivingTuesday Donations

Thank you for donating to support Susquehanna Service Dogs on #GivingTuesday! You helped raise $10,503 toward veterinary care for their service dogs in training. Watch the video of Director Pam Foreman about how your donations are already being put to work.

#InclusionForHer Continues

Although we concluded our #InclusionForHer campaign last week, the need to raise awareness and work toward inclusive education for girls with disabilities continues. To learn more, check out Keystone Human Services International’s photo album or follow #InclusionForHer on Twitter.

2015

January

It’s Chocolate Time!

Buy your Chocolatefest tickets today so you can enjoy some of the very best tastes of chocolate that Central PA has to offer. Buy tickets

Sip and Paint Fundraiser for SSD

Join Susquehanna Service Dogs and aMuse Uncorked for a Sip and Paint Fundraising Party on January 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Best Western in Harrisburg, PA. RSVP

Let’s Get to Work

The future for high school students with disabilities often looks different than the futures of their peers. Read Inclusive Employment’s latest blog post about sheltered workshops and inclusive employment. Read more

Are You a Fan of Chocolatefest?

Like the Chocolatefest Facebook Page to learn about some of the great Chocolatiers who will be creating chocolate treats for you to enjoy. Like Chocolatefest

5 Tips for a Successful Farm Show Visit

Susquehanna Service Dogs gives five tips for navigating the PA Farm Show with a service dog in training. Read more

Enroll Now in Capital Area Head Start

Did you know that Capital Area Head Start serves pregnant women, too? If you're pregnant or have a child ages 0-5, you can enroll in Capital Area Head Start. Call 717-541-1795.

Less Than Two Weeks Until Chocolatefest

Buy your tickets today so you don't miss out on all the chocolate!

Why Raise an SSD Puppy?

Some of Susquehanna Service Dogs' puppy raisers share why they decided to raise a puppy and how they're going to give the dog up. Read more

Follow #KHSChocfest on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

Chocolatefest Weekend is January 31 and February 1, and we’ll be posting live on Twitter and Facebook from the events. Use #KHSChocfest to follow along and tag your own Chocolatefest posts.

Chocolatefest and Susquehanna Service Dogs on Good Day PA

Ann Moffitt, Vice President of Community Development, appeared on Good Day PA along with SSD Elsa to share about Susquehanna Service Dogs and Chocolatefest. Watch the news segment and join us for Chocolatefest on February 1!

Start with the Natural Pathways of Life

Betsy Neuville and Pam Seetoo of the Keystone Institute gave a Mission Focus presentation about using the natural pathways of life, or culturally valued analogue, to support people in the community. Check out #KHSMissionFocus on our Facebook Page and Twitter.

February

Check out #KHSChocfest

ChocolateBall and Chocolatefest were a success! Visit the Chocolatefest Facebook Page or follow #KHSChocfest to see photos from the events.

Stephen Shore at Keystone Autism Services

Professor and autism advocate Stephen Shore gave the keynote presentation at Keystone Autism Services' (KAS) all staff meeting on January 30. Visit KAS's Facebook Page or follow @KeystoneAutism for the highlights.

Capital Area Head Start Is Hiring

Do you have a passion for teaching and want to make a difference in your community? Capital Area Head Start is hiring! Apply online

Walk for a Healthy Community

Registration for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is open! Susquehanna Services Dogs is one of 47 participating organizations. Sign up to walk

History: Moral Treatment

In the history of the treatment of people with disabilities, Moral Treatment stands out as a period of hope and kindness, when people with disabilities were treated with respect and dignity. Learn more

Learning to Cook

The children who attend the “Vis” community center in Bacioi, Moldova are learning how to cook and prepare food. Learn more

Recovery Begins with Hope

Mike Grier, Executive Director of Mental Health Services, and Kathyann Corl, Director of Community Relations at Mental Health Services will present “The Journey to Recovery Begins with Hope” on February 25. Check out #KHSMissionFocus

Consultation in Kazakhstan

Keystone Human Services International and Keystone Moldova are providing consultation to the Republic of Kazakhstan to develop a roadmap for community-based children’s services. Read Charles Hooker’s message about the new initiative.

March

A Day with David Pitonyak

David Pitonyak, a consultant dedicated to reimagining the way people with disabilities are supported, is joining the Keystone Institute on March 3 for a day of reflection and learning. We will be posting live on our Facebook Page and on Twitter @Keystone_KHS on March 3.

Games from PawsAbilities at National Pet Expo

Your favorite games from PawsAbilities will be at the National Pet Expo on March 6-8 at the Farm Show Complex. Join Susquehanna Service Dogs for Dog Olympic Games, the kissing booth, and demonstrations of service dog skills! Learn more

500 Men Reading

On March 3, men from diverse backgrounds will visit Capital Area Head Start classrooms to read to students and be positive role models. Learn more

Recovery in Our Own Words

“Hope is more than just a dream. It does not creep into your spirit. Hope explodes like a time bomb. You keep trying to push this feeling away, but the feeling is real.” These words of hope and more stories about recovery from mental illness are available in the book Recovery in Our Own Words.

Annual Accomplishments

Wondering about some of the things Capital Area Head Start has done in the past year? Check out their 2013-2014 Annual Accomplishments.

A Personal Journey with WRAP

Kathyann Corl, Director of Community Relations within our Mental Health Services, talks about the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and her journey to recovery from mental illness. Read her story

Is Inclusive Employment Worth It?

Erica Kishpaugh, Employment Services Director in our Intellectual Disabilities Services, talks about why inclusive employment is worth it. Read more

Even When It Hurts

In her new blog post, Betsy Neuville of the Keystone Institute ponders the tough question: “Is this project about the people being served? Or is it about the servers?” Read the blog

Why I #WalkforSSD

Susquehanna Service Dogs puppy raiser Stacy Tarkowski talks about why she’s going to #WalkforSSD in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Read the blog

New Office for Capital Area Head Start

Capital Area Head Start’s main office moved to a new location on Elmwood Drive. View the new address

Developing Vision for Inclusive Employment

Vision is a guiding force in customized employment. It lets us envision a future and create a plan to reach it. Read the blog post

I #WalkforSSD to Make a Difference

Puppy raiser Nicole Slabonik talks about her puppy raising experience and why she’s walking in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community to support Susquehanna Service Dogs. Read the story

Former Head Start Student Surprise Their Teacher

Two former Capital Area Head Start students returned to surprise Ms. Candy, one of their favorite teachers. It’s great to see how much students have grown and what an impact our teachers have! View photos

April

Spring Fling & Fun Night to benefit Key

On April 8 from 6-8 p.m., Raymour & Flanigan is holding a Spring Fling & Fun Night to benefit Key Human Services. Visit their Waterbury Showroom in Connecticut for food, games, and local children’s artwork. Event details

Children’s Art Contest

Calling all young artists! Key Human Services is looking for original artwork by children ages 12 and under. The winning designs will be featured on Key’s 5K race t-shirts. Contest rules

Early Learning GPS

Do you have questions about your child’s development? The new Early Learning GPS is a great place to find reliable resources, tips, and activities about your child’s growth and early learning. Check it out.

Volunteering in the Alternative Theater Group

“I think that volunteering means a change of personality and a change of the entire society,”” says Rodica, a volunteer and expert in Keystone Moldova’s Alternative Theater Group. Watch the video about what it means to volunteer.

April 24: Onsite Interviews for Casual Positions

On April 24, we’re holding onsite interviews for direct support professionals in our home based services in Intellectual Disabilities Services. Bring your résumé to our office in Whitehall, PA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details

Public Volunteers and the Dogs in Advanced Training

Susquehanna Service Dogs relies on volunteer trainers to work with their dogs in advanced training during public outings. Read more

We #WalkforSSD to Give Back

“ I still get goosebumps when I think of that moment when Kindle chose Emma to be her girl.” Read Gwen Wenger’s blog post

Head Start Students Learn to Manage Emotions

Capital Area Head Start students get a solid foundation for success by learning how to recognize, understand, manage, and apply their emotions. Learn more

May

United Way Annual Luncheon: “Driving Change”

The United Way of the Capital Region is holding their Annual Luncheon: “Driving Change” on May 11 at 11:30 at the Harrisburg Hilton. Jo Pepper, executive director of Capital Area Head Start, will receive the Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award during the Luncheon. More details and tickets

A Perfect Pairing Wine Tasting Events

Join Susquehanna Service Dogs for A Perfect Pairing at Hunters Valley Winery on May 21 for wine tasting, dinner, a winery tour, and a service dog demonstration. This is the first in a monthly wine tasting series. More details

Dogs on Campus

In Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Dogs on Campus program, not only do the puppies gain valuable training and experiences, but students also learn responsibility and leadership skills. Learn more

Muriel Gabriel Received the PA Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

Congratulations to Muriel Gabriel! She received ANCOR’s 2015 Pennsylvania Direct Support Professional of the Year award! Thank you, Muriel, for your dedication to the men and women you serve! Read more

Deadline for the Children’s Art Contest Is May 15

Make sure your child submits their artwork by May 15 for Key Human Services’ 5K Children’s Art Contest! Winners will be featured on the race t-shirt and will receive fun prizes! Contest details

Support Susquehanna Service Dogs in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

There’s one week left to help Susquehanna Service Dogs raise $30,000 in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! The 5K walk is on May 16 at HACC. Visit the website to sign up and donate.

Buy Your Travelers Championship Tickets from Key Human Services

Discounted tickets to the Travelers Championship are available through Key Human Services for $20. Key is participating in the Chip in for Charity program, so they’ll receive $10 for every ticket sold! Learn more

May Is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about mental illness, reducing stigma, and sharing hope for recovery. Visit Keystone Human Services Facebook Page for posts about mental illness and recovery.

Jo Pepper Received Joseph M. Capita Award

Congratulations to Jo Pepper, director of Capital Area Head Start, for receiving the Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award from the United Way of the Capital Region! Watch the video

Just Cabinets and Barnstormers Partner to Benefit SSD

Every time the Lancaster Barnstormers strike out the opposing team, Just Cabinets Furniture and More will make a donation to Susquehanna Service Dogs. Learn more

Help SSD Reach $30,000 in the #HighmarkWalk

Susquehanna Service Dogs is just short of reaching their goal of raising $30,000 in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. There’s still time to donate and help them reach that goal! Donate now

June

#WeAreWorthIt

Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) has started the #WeAreWorthIt campaign, celebrating men and women with autism and intellectual disabilities within the community. Check out #WeAreWorthIt on their Facebook page and Twitter.

A Perfect Pairing at the Vineyard at Grandview

Join Susquehanna Service Dogs at the Vineyard at Grandview on June 14 for wine tasting, a winery tour, dinner, and a service dog demonstration. More details

Last Week to Order Discounted Traveler’s Championship Tickets

All ticket orders for discounted tickets to the Traveler’s Championship must be in by June 16. Tickets are available through Key Human Services. Call Greg Damato at 860-409-7350 ext. 127 or gdamato @ keystonehumanservices.orgMore information

Preserving Innovative Shared Living Models

On June 3, Bob Baker, Vice President of KHS, President/CEO of KSS, and President/CEO of Keystone Autism Services, co-presented on “Preserving Innovative Shared Living Models Under the DOL Home Care Rule” at the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities conference in Louisville, KY. Learn more about AAIDD and the conference

Take a Selfie to Benefit SSD

Just Cabinets Furniture & More is donating $1 to SSD for every selfie posted to their Facebook Page with a service dog or service dog in training!

International Social Role Valorization Conference

The International Social Role Valorization Conference is being held in Rhode Island on June 10-12. SRV forms the foundation of how we support people with disabilities to live the good life in their communities. Follow #SRVconf2015.

Join SSD at the June 19 Barnstormers Game

Susquehanna Service Dogs will have a table at the Lancaster Barnstormers game on June 19. This season, every time the Barnstormers strike out the opposing team, Just Cabinets Furniture & More will donate to SSD! Tickets

Deadline Extended for the Children’s Art Contest

Young artists have until July 30 to submit their artwork for Key Human Services’ 5K Children’s Art Contest. Contest rules

New Office Locations

On June 22, several of our offices relocated to our office building on Vartan Way in Harrisburg. You can now find the Keystone Institute, Keystone Human Services Intellectual Disabilities: Central Region, and some of our regional finance personnel at 3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110. All phone and fax numbers remain the same.

Team Training: New Service Dog Teams

Service dogs can open doors, figuratively and literally. Watch SSD Bridge open a door for his partner.

We’re Hiring!

We have full-time, part-time, and casual positions open. Visit www.keystoneemployment.com to search and apply for jobs.

Keystone Autism Services’ New Office Location

On June 29, Keystone Autism Services moved into their new location on Vartan Way in Harrisburg. Their new address is 3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110. All phone and fax numbers remain the same.

Tickets on Sale for A Perfect Pairing

From now until midnight on July 5, tickets to Susquehanna Service Dogs’ A Perfect Pairing event at Armstrong Valley Winery on July 10 are buy one, get one 50% off. You must call Kerry Wevodau at 717-599-5920 to take advantage of this offer. Event details are available online.

Head Start: Parents and Partners Event

If you or someone you know has a child ages 4-5 who is not enrolled in Head Start or pre-kindergarten services, join Parents and Partners on June 30 for lunch or dinner to share your experiences. More details

July

International Social Role Valorization Conference

The International Social Role Valorization Conference, held on June 10-12 in Rhode Island, sparked some great discussions about what it means to be a valued member of the community. View photos from the event.

Changing Discrimination to Inclusion in the Republic of Moldova

Keystone Moldova has been working to raise awareness about disability issues in the Republic of Moldova, especially focusing on the discrimination people with disabilities face and how to change that discrimination into inclusion. Check out their Facebook Page to see what they’ve been doing.

Infographic: Overview of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism

Have you seen PAR’s infographic on intellectual disabilities and autism services in Pennsylvania? It’s part of the #WeAreWorthIt campaign, raising awareness about disability issues and community-based services. View infographic

Give Your Child a Head Start

Enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year is open! Call Capital Area Head Start at 717-541-1795 to enroll your child in Early Head Start or Head Start. Learn more

ADA: What Is a Service Dog?

By law, people who use service dogs have public access to take their service dog almost everywhere they go. Susquehanna Service Dogs discusses what the Americans with Disabilities Act says about service dogs. Read the blog post

Enroll in Capital Area Head Start

Are you looking to enroll your child in Head Start? Capital Area Head Start has several openings available for the 2015-2016 school year! Call 717-541-1795 today! More details

Faces of Recovery: July 2015

Read stories of hope and recovery from men and women in recovery from mental illness. Read the newsletter

Loyalty, Service, Commitment

“Loyalty, Service, Commitment” are the words on SSD Major Wes’s new dogs tags. He is named in memory of Major Wesley J. Hinkley, a soldier who died while serving in Iraq. Read the story

#KHSMissionFocus: Why Head Start Invests in Children and Families

Jo Pepper, director, and Kayle Richardson, employee development coordinator, at Capital Area Head Start presented our #KHSMissionFocus about how CAHS invests in children and families to create a more caring community. Visit the CAHS Facebook Page to see more posts about their #KHSMissionFocus.

August

Real Jobs with Real Wages for People with Disabilities

Work is considered the great equalizer. Read about the need to “think globally and work locally” when supporting someone to find competitive employment. Read the blog post

Golf Tournament Location Change

Our annual Keystone Golf Tournament will now be held at the Colonial Golf & Tennis Club on September 28. Join us for a round of golf! Event details

A Perfect Pairing at Buddy Boy Winery

Join Susquehanna Service Dogs on August 21 at Buddy Boy Winery for A Perfect Pairing—wine tasting, dinner, and a service dog demonstration! Event details

NGO Aid Map

InterAction’s NGO Aid Map lets you see all the projects across the globe dedicated to supporting the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. You can even read about the work we’re doing in Kazakhstan and Moldova. View the map

Run in Key’s 5K Race

Registration is open for Key Human Services’ 5K Run, One Mile Walk, and Kids’ Sprint! The race is scheduled for September 12 at the West Hartford Reservoir in Connecticut. Event details

New Book on Pennhurst State School and Hospital

The Pennhurst Memorial & Preservation Alliance and J. Gregory Pirmann have collaborated for a new pictorial history of Pennhurst State School and Hospital. Over the years, Pennhurst used to be home to over 10,000 people with intellectual disabilities and now serves as a reminder of the mistreatment of people with disabilities. For more information or to purchase the book, visit Arcadia Publishing.

Watch the Puppy Cam

Susquehanna Service Dogs has several litters of future service dog puppies for you to watch on their puppy cam. Watch the puppies

WRAP Around the World Conference

Kathyann Corl, Director of Community Relations, and Ellwyn Andres, Director of Professional Development, at our Mental Health Services are presenting at the 2015 WRAP Around the World Conference, focusing on recovery from mental illness. Learn more about the conference.

SSD 2016 Calendar Voting

Vote for your favorite photo to appear in Susquehanna Service Dogs’ 2016 calendar! Voting begins at 2 p.m. on August 24. Vote now

First Day of Preschool

Today is the first day of preschool for many Capital Area Head Start students! Visit CAHS’s Facebook Page to see photos of some of the classrooms.

September

One Week Left to Vote

There’s one week left to vote for your favorite photo for Susquehanna Service Dogs’ 2016 calendar. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 6. Vote now

Start Your Career with Keystone

Are you looking for a rewarding career where you make a difference in people’s lives? We’re hiring! Search job openings

Capital Area Head Start Is Hiring

Capital Area Head Start has several positions open, including teaching positions. You can view jobs and apply online at www.keystoneemployment.com.

Buy One, Get One Ticket for A Perfect Pairing

If you buy one ticket to Susquehanna Service Dogs’ A Perfect Pairing event at Hauser Estate Winery, you can get a second at 50% off. That’s two tickets for $90. You must call 717-599-5920 to take advantage of this offer. The event is on September 20 from 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

Thank you to all of our direct support professionals and those who work directly with the people who rely on our services! The work you do is important and makes a big difference in the lives of individuals, families, and everyone you interact with. Read more.

US Department of Education Visits Capital Area Head Start

On September 9, members of the US Department of Education and Pennsylvania’s Departments of Human Services and Education visited Capital Area Head Start’s preschool classrooms at Downey Elementary School. Read more about the visit and how CAHS is partnering with Parents & Partners to support children and families.

Day of Caring Volunteers

Thank you to the volunteers from Capital BlueCross and TE Connectivity who gave their time to us for the United Way of the Capital Region’s Day of Caring of September 11!

Mission Focus on Lifesharing

Judy Webb, service director with our Intellectual Disabilities Services, will present about Lifesharing for our #KHSMissionFocus at noon on September 22. We will be posting live during her presentation. Use the hashtag #KHSMissionFocus or check us out of our Facebook Page or Twitter.

Ludmila Malcoci Receives 1st Degree Diploma

Congratulations to Ludmila Malcoci, executive director of Keystone Moldova! The Government of the Republic of Moldova awarded her a 1st degree diploma for contributions to the development and sustainability of social services in Moldova. Read more

Disability Working Group

We participated in the Disability Working Group at the Clinton Global Initiative on September 28. The goal is to increase awareness about disability issues and improve policies, services, and infrastructure around disabilities. To learn more, follow the hashtag #disabilityworkinggroup.

Start Your New Career

A rewarding career with Keystone Human Services is waiting for you! You can make a difference in people’s lives. Search job openings

October

Head Start Awareness Month

October is Head Start Awareness Month! Visit Capital Area Head Start’s Facebook Page to learn how children are getting a head start in life.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, raising awareness about the contributions people with disabilities make in the workforce. Learn more

Global Peer Supporter Celebration Day

October 15 is Global Peer Supporter Celebration Day, according to the International Association of Peer Supporters. Our Peer Support Specialists play an important role in supporting others on their journey to recovery from mental illness. Watch Janine’s story about her journey to recover and becoming a Peer Support Specialist.

What Can Service Dogs Do?

What tasks can service dogs learn to assist people with disabilities? Susquehanna Service Dogs volunteer Peter Smith and SSD Midge demonstrate what service dogs can do to change people’s lives. Watch the video of their demonstration for Lehman Property Management. (You may need to turn your volume up.)

Chocolatefest Tickets Coming Soon!

Mark your calendars! Chocolatefest tickets will be on sale starting in November. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to eat your fill of chocolate at Hershey Lodge on January 31, 2016!

Buy Your 2016 SSD Calendar

Susquehanna Service Dogs’ 2016 calendar is now available! Each calendar costs $10 and features the winning photos you voted for on SSD’s Facebook Page. Buy your calendar

November

Buy Your Chocolatefest Tickets!

Tickets to Chocolatefest are now available! Buy yours today so you don’t miss out on any of the chocolate. Buy tickets

Faces of Recovery

The latest Faces of Recovery newsletter is available online. Read stories of hope from people in recovery from mental illness. Read the newsletter

Dr. Robert Colman Wins 2016 Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Colman, the honoree of the 2016 Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award! Bob has been a strong advocate for moving people out of institutions and into the community where they can live full, meaningful lives. Read more

Charles DeHart, III, Esq. Wins Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Award

Congratulations to Chuck DeHart, the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Award! Chuck’s advocacy and leadership in his work with Keystone have served countless individuals. Read more

Maryann Anglemeyer Is the Frontline Manager of the Year

Congratulations to Maryann Anglemeyer, who was chosen as PAR’s Frontline Manager of the Year! As a program director in the Lehigh Valley Division of our Intellectual Disabilities Services, Maryann does outstanding work to serve the individuals we support.

Witmans Receive S.A.G.E. Award from Messiah Lifeways

Don and Barbara Witman received a S.A.G.E. Award from Messiah Lifeways for their selfless work in the community. Don is the chairman of the Keystone Service Systems Board. Read more

Recognizing Exceptional Work

Congratulations to Melanie Palmer, a direct support professional within our Intellectual Disabilities Services in the Central Region, on being recognized for her exceptional work to support individuals to find employment. She demonstrates just how important relationships are when supporting someone to achieve their goals. Read more

Head Start Brings Technology Into the Classroom

Technology and interactive media are an important part of Capital Area Head Start students' education. Each classroom is equipped with two student iPads and an iPod to help children build on what they're learning. These iPads and iPods also include a translation app so we can effectively communicate with children and families who speak languages other than English. Learn more

December

Buy Your Chocolatefest Tickets!

Tickets to Chocolatefest are now available! Buy yours today so you don’t miss out on any of the chocolate. Buy tickets

Watch the Puppy Cam

Susquehanna Service Dogs’ newest litter of future service dogs is on the puppy cam. Sponsored by the Brenner Family of Car Dealerships, you can watch the puppies play and grow. Watch now

Training Workshop for Sustainability of Services and Reforms

Keystone Moldova is collaborating with the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection, and Family to organize a workshop on “Ensuring the sustainability of services and reforms begun in deinstitutionalization and inclusion of people with disabilities.” Learn more (Romanian only)

New Partnership Between Keystone Human Services International and The Hans Foundation Will Strengthen the Inclusion of All People in India

Keystone Human Services International has begun a collaborative partnership with The Hans Foundation to create the Keystone Institute India, an educational institute on disability, community, and innovation. This national institute will provide training and consultation related to the creation of responsive community supports for people with disabilities in India. Read more

Become a Puppy Raiser

Susquehanna Service Dogs needs puppy raisers! If you’re interested in raising a service dog puppy, apply online today!

Keeping Uncomfortable

Although we should celebrate the progress made toward inclusion, it’s important to continue to be vigilant for oppression, especially when that oppression is masked in good intentions. Read Betsy Neuville’s latest blog post about some of the issues at the heart of creating an inclusive society. Read the blog

Opportunities to Learn

The Keystone Institute has released its 2016 schedule of workshops and events. You’ll learn more about Social Role Valorization and supporting people to live the good life. View the schedule

Know me, respect me, support me

Watch one of the videos from Keystone Moldova’s campaign, “Know me, respect me, support me.” The campaign introduces viewers to people with disabilities as people, similar to themselves. Watch the video (Romanian only)

2014

April

The Keystone Center Receives Outstanding Program Award

The Keystone Center, Keystone Human Services Mental Health Services’ Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program in Chambersburg, will receive the Outstanding Program Award at the 2014 Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PAPRS) Conference. Keystone Human Services Mental Health Services is dedicated to Psychiatric Rehabilitation, giving adults experiencing mental illness the opportunity to build on their strengths as they move toward recovery. Watch the video about the Keystone Center

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about the incredible potential of people with autism and their many contributions to the community. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the different perspectives and viewpoints that people with autism bring to society. Visit Keystone Autism Services’ Facebook page and @KeystoneAutism on Twitter for more posts about Autism Awareness Month.

New Blog Post: “Back on Track”

Read the latest blog post from our On Being of Service blog, exploring the different life paths of children experiencing mental illness and their peers. Read the blog

Technology and Quality Operations

On April 8-9, Mike Grier, Director of Mental Health Services, and Victoria Hoshower, Quality and Performance Manager, spoke at the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association Technology Conference about how technology and quality operations interact. Learn more about RCPA

Speaking at Elizabethtown College

At Elizabthtown College on April 14, Sandi Strobel, Web Writer, spoke about writing for the web with students taking a professional writing class. Learn more about Elizabethtown College

New Blog Post: “A Promise and a Plan”

The On Being of Service blog examines Rhode Island’s recent move away from sheltered workshops toward minimum wage guarantees and competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Read the blog

Services in Washington D.C.

Intellectual Disabilities Services has begun providing services in the District of Columbia. Learn more

Head Start Resources Expo

On April 24, Capital Area Head Start is hosting a Resources Expo for families and others. Learn more

New Blog Post: Rhode Island’s Groundbreaking Agreement

The Inclusive Employment blog offers thoughts on Rhode Island’s agreement to reform the system of sheltered workshops and move toward inclusive employment. Read the blog

Speakers at 2014 PAPRS Conference

Mike Grier, Ellwyn Andres, Kathyann Corl, Jeffery Brown, and Sharon Donovan Sheridan from Mental Health Services, and Pam Seetoo from the Keystone Institute are speaking at the Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Conference. Learn more about the PAPRS Conference

Thanks to Students at Red Land High School

Thank you to the talented students at Red Land High School, who raised more than $11,000 for Susquehanna Service Dogs with their annual talent show. View more

New Blog Post: The Thousand Cuts of the Mundane

Read the Keystone Institute’s latest blog post about the everyday marginalization and devaluation of people with disabilities. Read the post

Join SSD in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Support Susquehanna Service Dogs by participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 17 at HACC. Details

May

SSD’s New Director

Susquehanna Service Dogs welcomes Pam Foreman as the new director. Nancy Fierer, SSD’s founder, will retire at the end of May. Read more

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and all month, we will be posting messages of hope and recovery on the KHS Facebook Page. Visit our Facebook Page

Assistive Technology and Toy Library

The Assistive Technology and Toy Lending Library, which lends toys and adaptive equipment for therapists and families in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry Counties in PA, has a Facebook Page. Visit the Facebook Page

Susquehanna Service Dogs Graduation

Seven service dogs, one facility dog, one courthouse dog, two companion dogs, one State Police K-9, and seven demo therapy interview dogs graduated during Susquehanna Service Dogs’ annual graduation ceremony. Watch CBS21’s news story

Tickets to the Travelers Championship

Key Human Services is selling discount tickets to the PGA TOUR Travelers Championship on June 16-22. Tickets cost $20 and 50% of each ticket will be donated back to Key. Details

Caring for Friends

Students in Capital Area Head Start are learning about showing friends that they care. They’re learning about problem solving, sharing, and giving compliments. Read more

Faces of Recovery

The Leadership Council of Mental Health Services publishes a newsletter several times a year. Check out the personal stories, poems, and news in the April newsletter. Read more

Key’s 5K Run, One Mile Walk, and Kids Fun Run

Join Key Human Services for their 5K Run, One Mile Walk, and Kids Fun Run, held on September 6 at the West Hartford Reservoir in Connecticut. Register

New Blog Post: Living Independently with Our Respect Intact

Connie Ziegler, partnered with SSD Dutch, shares the impact Susquehanna Service Dogs and Nancy Fierer have had on her life. Read more

June

Parents Pleased with Children’s Progress

Parents and grandparents of children enrolled in Capital Area Head Start have stated that they are very pleased with their children’s and grandchildren’s progress. Read more

Guest Blog Post: Changing Lives through Small Acts

I am writing to celebrate Nancy Fierer, a uniquely generous woman. I will always be grateful to Nancy, who changed my life path during a critical time. Continue reading

Healthy Eating

With a goal toward healthy eating, we have begun a new menu program based on dietician-approved menus and recommended portions in Mental Health Services’ Specialized Community Residences in York County. All meals are homemade, avoiding processed foods. Learn more about Mental Health Services

Head Start Enrollment Is Open

Give your child a head start in life by enrolling in Capital Area Head Start or Early Head Start services. To enroll, call 717-541-1795. Learn more about Capital Area Head Start

Team Training with New Service Dogs

Five people are learning how to work with their new service dogs at Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Team Training. SSD will be posting photos and videos on their Facebook Page.

New Home in Washington, DC

Starting on June 17, Intellectual Disabilities Services will support a young man in a new apartment. This is the first person that Intellectual Disabilities Services is supporting in a residential setting. Learn more about Intellectual Disabilities Services.

New Homes in Delaware

In Delaware, Intellectual Disabilities Services opened a new apartment last fall, and last month, they opened another new home to continue supporting individuals to live within the community. Learn more about Intellectual Disabilities Services.

“How’s the Weather?”

Kayle Richardson, Employee Development Coordinator for CAHS, gave a presentation at the Home Visitation Grantee meeting. She talked about how organizational climate impacts the work employees do and how leaders need to “walk the talk.” The presentation focused on staff and family engagement and retention. Learn more about Capital Area Head Start.

New Service Dog Teams

On June 25, Susquehanna Service Dogs’ newest service dog teams will take their public access tests, after which they’ll become working Susquehanna Service Dog teams. View photos from Team Training

A Rose by Any Other Name…or…Just Tell the Truth

Read the latest blog post from Betsy Neuville of the Keystone Institute. She takes a look at the language used in human services and the truth behind some of those terms. Read more

Midstate Police Receive Training about Mental Illnesses

Police in central Pennsylvania are trained to recognize and respond appropriately when a situation includes a person with a mental illness. Mike Grier, director of Mental Health Services, offers some insights. Read more

July

Commitment to Action

Keystone Human Services has made a Commitment to Action through the Clinton Global Initiative to support the social and financial inclusion of women and girls. Learn more

There’s a New Dog in Town

SSD Hamlet, a facility dog for Lancaster County Courthouse, was officially introduced to the court on June 26. Hamlet will be working with participants in the Veterans, Mental Health and Drug Treatment Courts. Learn more

A Perfect Pairing

Tickets are available online for A Perfect Pairing, an evening of wine tasting and dinner on September 21 to benefit Susquehanna Service Dogs. More Details

Volunteering in the Community

Sean and Neil, two gentlemen who use our services, recently volunteered at Relay for Life of Greater Hazleton, along with support staff Kerry, Ed, and Sarah. Sean and Neil are very civic-minded, also volunteering at a soup kitchen and doing beautification work at a local walking trail. Read more

Do You “Like” KHS?

Like Keystone Human Services on Facebook to learn more about what’s going on within the organization and the field of human services. Like us on Facebook

A New Sunroom

The Jewish Community Home has a new sunroom! A retirement party for one of the home’s Board members will be held in this newly finished room. Learn more about some of our residential services in Intellectual Disabilities Services.

Puppy Raisers Needed

Susquehanna Service Dogs has two new litters of puppies, and those puppies will need puppy raisers. Interested in raising a service dog puppy? Apply online

Puppy Cams

Susquehanna Service Dogs’ newest litters of puppies, the "C" and "D" litters, are on the puppy cams. Watch now

New Community Home

Intellectual Disabilities Services opened a new home in Lackawanna County on July 7. Learn more about community homes and Intellectual Disabilities Services.

Give Your Child a Head Start

Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is now open. Call Capital Area Head Start at 717-541-1795 to enroll today.

Recovery Book Gains International Readers

Individuals who are working toward recovery from mental illness in Pakistan are finding hope and inspiration in Recovery In Our Own Words by Mental Health Services’ Leadership Council. Learn more about Recovery: In Our Own Words

New Services in Moldova

Keystone Moldova launched four new services in Făleşti—a Community Home, Mobile Team, Supported Living, and Respite. Read more (Article in Romanian)

Calling All Young Artists

Young artists ages 10 and younger could have their original artwork featured on the race t-shirt for Key Human Services’ 5K Run. Deadline for submission is July 24. More details

Faces of Recovery

Mental Health Services has published their July Faces of Recovery newsletter, full of articles written by men and women in recovery from mental illness. Read the newsletter

Enroll in Capital Area Head Start

Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is now open! Call 717-541-1795 to enroll. More details

Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Team Training

From July 14-25, Susquehanna Service Dogs is holding Team Training for two people receiving their service dogs and one school receiving a facility dog. View photos

August

Leadership Council Embraces Recovery

Mental Health Services’ Leadership Council is starting a series of discussions about recovery and what it means to men and women on their own journeys to recovery. See page 6 of Faces of Recovery

Just Over One Month Until Key’s 5K Run

Key Human Services’ annual 5K Run, One Mile Walk, and Kids Sprint is coming up on September 6. There’s still time to register. Sign up online

Keystone Moldova Held a Training in PhotoVoice

Eight young people in Moldova learned how to use photos to tell the story of the discrimination and violations of human rights that people with disabilities often experience. Their photos will be displayed in an exhibition. View photos from the training

Susquehanna Service Dogs Volunteer Brandon Noggle Receives Award

Brandon Noggle, a long-time volunteer with Susquehanna Service Dogs, received the Caped Crusader award for his dedication to SSD and the community.

Mobile Teams in Moldova Expand Their Expertise

Last week, experts working in the Dubasari, Anenii Noi, Singerei, Fălești and Ungheni districts in the Republic of Moldova attended a seminar on best practices, effective communication, and stress management. Learn more

Susquehanna Service Dogs on Good Day PA

On August 6, Kerry Wevodau, development director for SSD, and SSD volunteer Susan Tyson appeared Good Day PA to discuss service dogs and fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Watch the show

Congratulations to the Winners of Key’s Children’s Artwork Contest

Congratulations to the three winners of Key’s 5K Run Children’s Artwork Contest! The winning drawings will be featured on the 5K race t-shirt. View drawings

Back to School

Several Capital Area Head Start preschool classrooms will be opening their doors to students this week. Teachers worked very hard getting their classrooms together. View photo

Eat at Isaac’s to Support Susquehanna Service Dogs

Eat at Isaac’s on Friendship Road (near the Harrisburg Mall) on August 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 25% of your check will be donated to Susquehanna Service Dogs! You must bring the flyer.

Sharing Best Practices in Quality

Jeanine Buford, Vice President of Information Systems, and Kristine Koontz, Quality Management Director, gave a presentation about KHS’s innovations in quality management at the 2014 Reinventing Quality Conference. Learn more

Key Steps for Birth to Three

August 29 is the last day you’ll be able to sign up online for Key Human Services’ 5K Run, One-Mile Walk, and Kids Sprint. The 5K takes place on September 6 at the West Hartford Reservoir. Details

Play in the 32nd Annual Keystone Golf Tournament

Get your foursome together for the 32nd Annual Keystone Golf Tournament on September 22 at the Country Club of Harrisburg. Details

September

New Blog Post: Handle with Exquisite Care

This morning I am reflecting on the deep care and “restraint” that is required if we are to serve vulnerable people well. Many times, those of us trying to assist others often have to take a deep breath and wait. Continue reading

A Perfect Pairing

Join Susquehanna Service Dogs on September 21 at Hauser Estate Winery for A Perfect Pairing, an evening of wine tasting, dinner, a winery tour, and a service dog demonstration. More details

Run in Key's 6th Annual 5K on Saturday

Race-day registration is available for Key Human Services’ annual 5K Run, One Mile Walk, and Kids’ Sprint, held at the beautiful West Hartford Reservoir. More details

Direct Support Professionals Week

This week we celebrate Direct Support Professionals Week. Thank you to our direct support professionals for your commitment, strength, and loyalty to the people you serve! Learn more

A Word from the KHSI President and CEO

Keystone Human Services’ mission isn’t limited by geographical boundaries, but should reach individuals on a global level. Learn more about KHS’s global vision and our international work.

New Blog Post: 26 Cues

Susquehanna Service Dogs’ puppy raisers teach their dogs 26 cues before the dogs enter advanced training. Learn which cues form the foundation of all service dog work. Read more

Results from Key’s 5K

Race results from Key Human Services 5K Run are available online.

Learning Positive Behavior

Capital Area Head Start is using Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to build strong relationships between children, families, and teachers. Learn more about PBIS.

Job Fair in Lancaster County

We will be participating in the CareerLink job fair in Lancaster County on September 17. Learn more

Head Start Begins 50th Anniversary Celebration

To celebrate Head Start’s 50th anniversary, teachers and staff wore Head Start’s red, white, and blue colors. View photos

Freedom Bus Stops at Millersville University

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Freedom Bus stopped at Millersville University with those who paved the way for the ADA. Learn more

Clinton Global Initiative

We were at the Clinton Global Initiative on September 21-24. Watch the webcasts to see the discussions about some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

United Way Day of Caring

Volunteers from Reynolds Construction gave their time to Susquehanna Service Dogs for the United Way Day of Caring. Thank you! View what they accomplished

October

World Mental Health Day: October 10

October 10 is World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about mental health. This year’s theme is “Living with Schizophrenia.” Learn more

New Blog Post: Gold Star Service Dog Behaviors

Every service dog from Susquehanna Service Dogs learns the behavior “heel,” before entering advanced training. Watch SSD Laura demonstrate how the dogs learn the behavior. Read more

Include Women: The Social and Financial Inclusion of Women and Girls with Disabilities

Keystone Human Services made a commitment through the Clinton Global Initiative to support women and girls with disabilities to empower themselves. Read more

Team Training: Learning to Work Together

Four people are going through Team Training with their new service dogs from Susquehanna Service Dogs. Read more

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” Read the Presidential Proclamation on the benefits of an inclusive workforce.

Lucky Dog Casino Night

Get in on the action at Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Lucky Dog Casino Night! Held at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey on November 22, the event includes dinner, live and silent auctions, and complimentary casino games. More details

Save the Date for Chocolatefest

Mark your calendars for Chocolatefest Weekend on January 31-February 1, 2015. Ticket information and more details will be coming soon. Check out the Chocolatefest Facebook page for photos of last year’s event.

Volunteering at Hansca Community Home

A young woman from Switzerland volunteered at Keystone Moldova's Hansca Community Home over the summer. Read an interview about her experience.

Four New Service Dog Teams

Four people passed the public access test with their new service dogs from Susquehanna Service Dogs. Congratulations to the new teams! View photos of their trip to ZooAmerica during Team Training.

November

Mental Health Recovery

Our Mental Health Services recently held a virtual training to discuss recovery from mental illness. Men and women had the opportunity to share their stories. Check out Recovery: In Our Own Words to read some stories of hope and recovery.

Diversity Equals Success for Dauphin County Business Owners

Dauphin County business owners have employed individuals with disabilities to the benefit of everyone. Watch the video

Partnerships for an Inclusive Community

Last week, employees from Keystone Moldova participated in a national conference on “Partnership: Effective Ways of Cooperation in Ensuring the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities” in Chisinau, Moldova. Learn more about what Keystone Moldova has done to partner with local authorities for a more inclusive community.

A Team Approach to Competitive Employment

At the PAR Solutions Conference on November 12 at 4 p.m., Erica Kishpaugh, employment services director, will co-present a workshop about how the effective use of teamwork can help job seekers build their community networks and successfully find employment. Learn more

Are You Feeling Lucky?

Join Susquehanna Service Dogs for Lucky Dog Casino Night on November 22! It's a night of dinner, entertainment, and complimentary casino games. More details

Chocolatefest Tickets Are Now Available

It's time to start thinking chocolate! Tickets are now on sale for Chocolatefest, our biggest fundraiser, held on February 1 at The Hershey Lodge. More details

2014 Annual Meeting

We held our 42nd Annual Meeting on November 6, where we shared some of our achievements from the past year. Follow the story of #KHSmeeting14 for some of the highlights.

Last Week to Buy Casino Night Tickets

This is the last week to buy your Lucky Dog Casino Night tickets! This benefit for Susquehanna Service Dogs starts at 6 p.m. on November 22 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey. Buy tickets

Like Keystone Human Services on Facebook

Have you liked Keystone Human Services on Facebook yet? Check us out!

Keystone Moldova Is a Champion of Children’s Rights

Keystone Moldova was awarded as a Champion of Children’s Rights by UNICEF. Keystone Moldova has worked hard to promote the rights of children in Moldova. Read more

Direct Support Professional of the Year Nominations

Nominations for Direct Support Professional of the Year are due by December 1. If you would like to nominate someone, please contact your regional office.

Harrisburg School Safety Forum

Connie Kennedy, a Student Assistance Program Specialist working in secondary schools in Harrisburg School District, participated in the Harrisburg safety forum on November 20. Read the story

December

Chocolatefest Is February 1

Did you buy your Chocolatefest tickets yet? They make great gifts!

Living a Fuller Life with SSD Outback

"Within a few days of Outback and me being around each other all the time, I could see a bond forming which has grown and continues to grow," says Roger Hostetter, US Army Gulf War Veteran. Read more

Now I Am Free

"At the boarding school, we used to be locked…. Now I am at home. I am free now. Free." Watch the video from Keystone Moldova.

Faces of Recovery Newsletter

Read stories of hope and recovery from mental illness in the latest Faces of Recovery newsletter. Read more

2015 Susquehanna Service Dogs Calendars

Susquehanna Service Dogs' 2015 calendars are available online. Each calendar costs $12 and is full of photos of service dogs and puppies in training. Buy your calendar

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3 was International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day to raise awareness about disability issues and the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. Read the Clinton Global Initiative's blog post about Keystone's and other organizations' Commitments to Action to create a more inclusive world. Read more

Keystone’s Commitment to Human Rights

“Keystone is committed to advancing the rights of children and adults with disabilities. Through innovation and best practices, we are supporting community-based systems of care and advocating changes in public policy,” says Charles Hooker, Senior VP of KHS and President and CEO of KHSI. Read more

Mental Health and the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a very stressful time of year, especially for people experiencing mental illness. Learn some tips for coping with the holidays.

NGO Aid Map

Keystone Moldova is represented on InterAction’s new online NGO Aid Map, a searchable map of international development and humanitarian response projects being implemented throughout the world. View the map

Recognizing Over 25 Years of Service

Congratulations to our employees who have reached their 25th, 30th, and 35th anniversary with Keystone Human Services! They have done great work to advance the human spirit. Read more

Everyone Benefits through Customized Employment

“Everyone has something of value to contribute to a business. Customized employment is one way to discover those skills and turn them into actions to the benefit of both the person and the business.” Read more

Ways to Support Susquehanna Service Dogs

Are you looking to make an end-of-year contribution to Susquehanna Service Dogs? Here are several ways you can help.

End-of-Year Donations

From now through January 31 is the time to join in Advancing the Human Spirit and make an end-of-year donation to support Keystone Human Services. Donate now

Enroll in Capital Area Head Start

You don’t have to wait until the end of the current school year. Enroll your child in Capital Area Head Start today! More information

For over forty years, Keystone Human Services has been steadfastly Advancing the Human Spirit. Learn how you can help. Join us.

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