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A Word from the President

November 26, 2012

Together, We Can Make a Difference

Dennis W. Felty
Dennis W. Felty
President, KHS

Dear Friend:

Keystone Human Services has much to be thankful for as we enter into the Holiday Season. Most recently Hurricane Sandy landed squarely in our service areas, drenching Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland. Fortunately, Keystone was spared serious damage to person or property. We have an extensive emergency preparedness program. We are indeed grateful to everyone who performed with outstanding professionalism.

The second risk was the threat of large cuts in our funding from the Commonwealth budget. That along with the uncertain economy has left us all searching for a sense of security. We are all feeling a little vulnerable, and that vulnerability can be unsettling. People with disabilities and their families face this kind of vulnerability every day. More and more they ask themselves whether services will be there when they need them.

The dramatic cuts for funding for intellectual disability services that loomed in the proposed Pennsylvania budget forced us to implement drastic organizational changes to continue providing these important services, more aware than ever that the security of our funding is always at risk. Our fear was not in vain, for the final Pennsylvania state budget did result in an almost 8% decrease in funding for mental health services.

It seems as if disability services are one of the first things to be cut when times get tough, even though these services are essential to the lives and wellbeing of people with disabilities.

Now more than ever, we need your support and that of the entire community to ensure that these important services are supported for the people who depend on them today and in the future. We are finding that the men and women we serve will often depend on us for services for a lifetime. As the parents of adult children with disabilities age, they need the comfort and security of knowing that KHS is here to provide support and services for their children.

Your financial support is essential in assisting us to provide compassionate, quality services and supports for those who are most vulnerable citizens. We also need your gifts to maintain the infrastructure on which our services rely, such as maintenance and renovations to community homes and other related buildings, as well as special projects like the addition of ramps or other structures to make homes comfortable and safe for those we serve. Programs also rely on support from individuals like you.

These include scholarships for our early intervention services, upkeep of playgrounds, provision of offices and classrooms supporting Capital Area Head Start and funds to raise, train and place Susquehanna Service Dogs with children and adults, just to mention a few ways your generosity assists us in serving the vulnerable residents of our area.

Donations can be made online or by contacting the Keystone Partnership by phone or mail:

Keystone Partnership
124 Pine Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
717-232-7509

We must remember that we are responsible for the wellbeing of all people, not just some people. When one group of vulnerable people can be marginalized, we are all at risk of being marginalized. Together, we can make a difference. Please join me in making a donation to secure the future of our important work. I invite you to be a part of it, and thank you in advance for your response to this request.

With sincere appreciation,

Dennis


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