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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
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.
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)
Are you looking to start a new career where you make a difference in people’s lives? Join Keystone Human Services! Learn more
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
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!
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)
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
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
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
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
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
Are you looking for a rewarding career? Join Keystone Human Services and make a difference in people’s lives! Learn more
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
During the 2015-2016 school year, Capital Area Head Start served 1,138 children and families. Read more about their accomplishments.
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
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
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
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.
Watch Susquehanna Service Dogs’ newest litters of puppies on the puppy cam, sponsored by Brenner Family of Dealerships. Watch the puppy cams
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We’re hiring! Join us and start a rewarding career making a difference in people’s lives. Learn more and apply online
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.
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
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
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
Tickets to Chocolatefest are now available! Buy yours today so you don’t miss out on any of the chocolate. Buy tickets
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?
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
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
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
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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
Check out the photos from ChocolateBall and Chocolatefest on the Chocolatefest Facebook Page!
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
Thank you to everyone who helped make Chocolatefest Weekend a success! You can view photos from ChocolateBall and Chocolatefest on the Facebook Page.
Keystone Institute India is building partnerships in India to share ideas and practices and increase inclusion for all people. Read more
A new blog post by the Keystone Institute India explores the power and importance of imitation and modeling behavior. Read the blog
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
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
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
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
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
Are you looking for a rewarding career? We’re hiring! We have several open positions, including positions within Intellectual Disabilities Services. Search job openings
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.
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
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
Why do you #WalkforSSD in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community? Puppy raiser Maddie Levy shares her reasons for walking. Read the blog
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.
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
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 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
“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
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
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
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
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
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.
Susquehanna Service Dogs was featured in Harrisburg Magazine this past month. Read the article to get a “behind the scenes” look at our program.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Do you bake or cook with chocolate? Join us as a Chocolatier for Chocolatefest on January 29 at Hershey Lodge! More details
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Anghelina dreams of becoming a kinesiotherapist so she can help other children with disabilities. She also wants to become a dancer. Read her story
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)
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Susquehanna Service Dogs gives five tips for navigating the PA Farm Show with a service dog in training. Read more
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.
Buy your tickets today so you don't miss out on all the chocolate!
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.
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.
Check out #KHSChocfest
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.
Do you have a passion for teaching and want to make a difference in your community? Capital Area Head Start is hiring! Apply online
Registration for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is open! Susquehanna Services Dogs is one of 47 participating organizations. Sign up to walk
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
The children who attend the “Vis” community center in Bacioi, Moldova are learning how to cook and prepare food. Learn more
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
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.
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.
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
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
“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.
Wondering about some of the things Capital Area Head Start has done in the past year? Check out their 2013-2014 Annual Accomplishments.
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
Erica Kishpaugh, Employment Services Director in our Intellectual Disabilities Services, talks about why inclusive employment is worth it. Read more
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
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
Capital Area Head Start’s main office moved to a new location on Elmwood Drive. View the new address
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
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
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
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
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
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.
“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.
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
Susquehanna Service Dogs relies on volunteer trainers to work with their dogs in advanced training during public outings. Read more
“ I still get goosebumps when I think of that moment when Kindle chose Emma to be her girl.” Read Gwen Wenger’s blog post
Capital Area Head Start students get a solid foundation for success by learning how to recognize, understand, manage, and apply their emotions. Learn more
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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, 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.
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
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
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
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
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.org. More information
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
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!
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.
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
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.
Service dogs can open doors, figuratively and literally. Watch SSD Bridge open a door for his partner.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Read stories of hope and recovery from men and women in recovery from mental illness. Read the newsletter
“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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Susquehanna Service Dogs has several litters of future service dog puppies for you to watch on their puppy cam. Watch the puppies
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.
Vote for your favorite photo to appear in Susquehanna Service Dogs’ 2016 calendar! Voting begins at 2 p.m. on August 24. Vote now
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A rewarding career with Keystone Human Services is waiting for you! You can make a difference in people’s lives. Search job openings
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.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, raising awareness about the contributions people with disabilities make in the workforce. Learn more
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 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!
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
Tickets to Chocolatefest are now available! Buy yours today so you don’t miss out on any of the chocolate. Buy tickets
The latest Faces of Recovery newsletter is available online. Read stories of hope from people in recovery from mental illness. Read the newsletter
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
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.
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
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
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
Tickets to Chocolatefest are now available! Buy yours today so you don’t miss out on any of the chocolate. Buy tickets
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
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
Susquehanna Service Dogs needs puppy raisers! If you’re interested in raising a service dog puppy, apply online today!
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
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
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)
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, 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.
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
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
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
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
Intellectual Disabilities Services has begun providing services in the District of Columbia. Learn more
On April 24, Capital Area Head Start is hosting a Resources Expo for families and others. Learn more
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
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
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
Read the Keystone Institute’s latest blog post about the everyday marginalization and devaluation of people with disabilities. Read the post
Support Susquehanna Service Dogs by participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 17 at HACC. Details
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, and all month, we will be posting messages of hope and recovery on the KHS Facebook Page. Visit our Facebook Page
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
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
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
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
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
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
Connie Ziegler, partnered with SSD Dutch, shares the impact Susquehanna Service Dogs and Nancy Fierer have had on her life. Read more
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Susquehanna Service Dogs’ newest litters of puppies, the "C" and "D" litters, are on the puppy cams. Watch now
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.
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
Keystone Moldova launched four new services in Făleşti—a Community Home, Mobile Team, Supported Living, and Respite. Read more (Article in Romanian)
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
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
Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is now open! Call 717-541-1795 to enroll. More details
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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 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.
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
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
Get your foursome together for the 32nd Annual Keystone Golf Tournament on September 22 at the Country Club of Harrisburg. Details
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Race results from Key Human Services 5K Run are available online.
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.
We will be participating in the CareerLink job fair in Lancaster County on September 17. Learn more
To celebrate Head Start’s 50th anniversary, teachers and staff wore Head Start’s red, white, and blue colors. View photos
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
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.
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 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
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
Keystone Human Services made a commitment through the Clinton Global Initiative to support women and girls with disabilities to empower themselves. Read more
Four people are going through Team Training with their new service dogs from Susquehanna Service Dogs. Read more
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.
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
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.
A young woman from Switzerland volunteered at Keystone Moldova's Hansca Community Home over the summer. Read an interview about her experience.
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.
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.
Dauphin County business owners have employed individuals with disabilities to the benefit of everyone. Watch the video
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Have you liked Keystone Human Services on Facebook yet? Check us out!
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
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.
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
Did you buy your Chocolatefest tickets yet? They make great gifts!
"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
"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.
Read stories of hope and recovery from mental illness in the latest Faces of Recovery newsletter. Read more
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
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 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
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.
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
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 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
Are you looking to make an end-of-year contribution to Susquehanna Service Dogs? Here are several ways you can help.
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
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