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Who We Are
Keystone Human Services works to create an environment where all people, regardless of ability, can grow, make choices and be valued and contributing members of the community.
What We Do
Keystone Human Services provides community-based services for children, young people, adults and families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut, as well as parts of Russia and Moldova. We provide services in the areas of intellectual disabilities, autism, mental health, early intervention, and children and family services.
An Interview with Dennis Felty at the Clinton Global Initiative
During the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, Dennis Felty was interviewed about human services and the driving force behind Keystone’s important work. He said, “Keystone’s purpose was to support people with disabilities to be able to really be part of society and really contribute their gifts to the world.”
Dennis Felty, Keystone Human Services' Founding President, received PAR's first Innovation Award, presented during PAR's 2013 Solutions Conference on November 20. Since 1968 when he first entered the human service field, Dennis has been working as a change agent, finding innovative and creative ways to honor and value the inherent worth of all people.
Keystone Human Services is pleased to announce that Donald Enders was awarded the 2013 Edna Silberman Humanitarian Services Award. Presented at Keystone's Annual Meeting on November 7, 2013, this award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to others, the community, and Keystone. Don has served on Keystone's Board of Directors since 1995 and has gone above and beyond to serve vulnerable populations and "Advance the Human Spirit."
Keystone Human Services is pleased to announce that Charles Hooker, Senior Vice President of KHS, is this year's recipient of the Dr. Joseph Adlestein Award for Professional Leadership. Charlie has over 35 years of professional experience in human services, and he has been a part of Keystone since 1996. In addition to serving as Keystone's Senior Vice President, Charlie serves as the CEO of Keystone Human Services International. He is also a Board member on several Boards of Directors within Keystone and in the community. He works tirelessly on behalf of the people who rely on Keystone to help them realize their dreams and goals.
Susquehanna Service Dogs launched a new crowdfunding initiative to support their new dog, Eva, and her future puppies. Eva just arrived from Guide Dogs Queensland in Australia, and she's going to become one of SSD's breeding dogs. Her puppies will grow up to be service dogs, hearing dogs, balance dogs, psychiatric service dogs, and guide dogs throughout North America.
Eva is an important part of SSD's program because she is part of a new initiative called the Assistance Dogs International North America Breeding Cooperative (ABC). ABC is a breeding cooperative designed to create the highest quality services, which will better assist people with disabilities. Eva's puppies will change people's lives.
SSD is hoping to raise $3,300 to support Eva and her future puppies. The fundraiser runs from now until January 6, 2014. Please donate and share the campaign with your family and friends.
Recently, Dennis Felty, president of Keystone Human Services, talked with our Compliance Department about compliance and ethics and their role in everything we do at KHS. At its very fundamental level, compliance ensures that we are actually doing what we say we're doing. It's a balance between contractual and regulatory obligations and our ethical, vision, and values driven obligations. Compliance helps us honor our commitments to our funders and most importantly, to the people we serve.
At the Clinton Global Initiative on September 24, Dennis Felty announced Keystone Human Services' newest commitment to serving people with disabilities: the Social and Financial Inclusion of Women and Girls with Disabilities. Over the next three years, KHS will be working to create entrepreneurial and workforce opportunities for women with disabilities and women who are caregivers of children with disabilities. We will also assist women and girls to leave institutions and join the community.
Did you know that everyone can work? With support from family, friends, schools, human service agencies, and businesses, people with disabilities are taking steps to find successful inclusive employment. On our new Inclusive Employment blog, we discuss the hows and whys of giving people the opportunity for inclusive employment, as well as some of the challenges. Read the blog and join the conversation.
Keystone Human Services believes that everyone can be a contributing member of society and that being employed is an important part of a person's involvement in the community. KHS provides support for individuals to use their abilities to become a vital part of the workforce. The online Employment Resource Center provides resources for employers and people seeking employment, as well as success stories of people who have successfully found and maintained employment.
The World Health Organization and the World Bank have partnered to produce the first ever World Report on Disability. The data shows that over one billion people are currently experiencing disability, and the report provides important evidence about effective methods of supporting people with disabilities and their families. At a time when many countries are taking steps to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, this report will make a significant contribution to human services across the globe.
Senior Dennis Felty and a few classmates were inspired by two psychology professors just before graduating. At a time when cruelty toward intellectually disabled, institutionalized individuals was at a peak, Dr. David Lasky and Dr. Antonio Felice left E-town to pursue work at the Harrisburg State Hospital. The professors' horrific stories motivated Felty, who, with his classmates, followed them to the institution after graduation. For Felty, this move marked the beginning of a lifelong dedication to service.