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A Word from the President

January 8, 2010

A Vision of One Community

Dennis W. Felty
Dennis W. Felty
President, KHS

As we enter a new year and a new decade, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the generous support given to Keystone Human Services.

Through the support of our partners, Keystone is building an extensive capacity to provide services in the United States, Russia and Moldova, and is a critical, life-sustaining resource to thousands of individuals and families who face the challenges of disability.

Here are some of the highlights from 2009:

  • Keystone continues its leadership role in implementing the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP), which will serve as a national model for supporting adults and their families living with autism.
  • Our Capital Area Head Start programs are expanding to serve additional families in Central Pennsylvania.
  • Our residential services for people with intellectual disabilities continue to expand to meet the needs of aging parents who require help caring for adult sons and daughters living at home.
  • Our psychologists continue to support the children who survived the 2004 attack on School #1 in Beslan, Russia.
  • We continue our work in Moldova helping to create a system of community-based services that will assist hundreds of children and adults to return home from large institutions.
  • Our children's services provide support and therapy to families facing the challenges of disability for the first time.
  • Susquehanna Service Dogs continues to provide life-transforming services to both children and adults.
  • Our mental health services support children and adults experiencing the challenges of mental illness.
  • We are providing technical assistance in autism to colleagues in Azerbaijan.
  • We continue to play a leadership role in the closing of Mayview State Hospital in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Although 2009 was a year marked by very serious economic challenges, it was also a year of expansion and growth for Keystone. We understand that disability is an inherent part of the human experience, and there is a great need for the services we provide. As we look toward the future, the more people who share in our mission and our work, the stronger and more capable we become. We will be looking to our employees, volunteers, business partners and family members to invite additional partners to participate in Keystone's work and community.

In 2010, we will continue to build a large, more interactive community. We are active on social media sites such as Twitter (@Keystone_KHS, @SSDOGS, @KHSInternationl, @KeystoneAutism, @Keystone_KEY), Facebook (KHS, KHSI, KAS, SSD), JustMeans, and blogs, where we are joining the global conversation.

The members of the Leadership Council and Recovery Specialists at Keystone Community Mental Health Services have shared their personal stories of recovery from mental illness in a book, Recovery: In Our Own Words. These stories offer hope for others traveling the path to recovery and make an important contribution toward building a supportive community that recognizes and values the gifts of all people.

Keystone is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities (PAR), which is developing a directory of organizations that provide services. This online directory is a rich information resource for families looking for autism and intellectual disability services in Pennsylvania.

By opening doors and inviting more people to join us in our mission and vision, we are building a global community of advocacy. As our community grows, we move closer to realizing our vision of a world where the gifts of all people are respected and valued. We look forward to a new year of building rich relationships and joining together under a united vision to change lives.

Dennis


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