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Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
Join Susquehanna Service Dogs for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 17, a 5K walk underwritten by Highmark Blue Shield. Registration opens February 10 and all funds raised for Susquehanna Service Dogs will go directly to Susquehanna Service Dogs.
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An Interview with Dennis Felty at the Clinton Global Initiative
During the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2013, our president Dennis Felty was interviewed by Laureate International Universities about human services and the driving force behind KHS’s important work.
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Keystone Human Services Presents Highest Awards to Donald Enders Jr. and Charles Hooker III
Keystone Human Services awarded Keystone’s highest honors to Donald Enders and Charles Hooker for their work to serve vulnerable people and “Advance the Human Spirit.”
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Donald Enders Received the Edna Silberman Humanitarian Services Award
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.
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Dennis Felty Receives the First PAR Innovation Award
Dennis Felty, Keystone Human Services’ Founding President, received the first Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities (PAR) Innovation Award. The award was presented during PAR’s 2013 Solutions Conference on November 20.
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Charles Hooker Receives Dr. Joseph Adlestein Award
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.
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Not Hidden Away: Social and Financial Inclusion for Women and Girls with Disabilities
In 1968, I worked at the Harrisburg State Hospital where 3,500 people lived in the most inhumane conditions imaginable. Keystone Human Services was born out of that horror, and nearly 40 years later, I had the privilege of helping the last 15 patients return home. I locked the door of the hospital for the last time. For the first time in 150 years, there was no one on the other side of that locked door.
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Key Human Services Receives Prestigious Patriotic Employer Award
Mary Beth O’Neill, President of Key Human Services, Inc., received the Patriot Employer Award for supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve Force.
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Seeking Families: Countless Children Are Waiting
Keystone Human Services is seeking foster families and individuals to open their homes and hearts to children in Dauphin, Cumberland, Lancaster, and York Counties. Families provide a temporary home, meals, and practical support for a young boy or girl who cannot currently live at home.
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Keystone Human Services Announces New General Director of Keystone Foundation for Social Assistance to Children and Families – Russia
Keystone Human Services welcomes Ms. Ekaterina Babina as the new General Director for Keystone Foundation for Children and Families in Russia.
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Kaori Kelly Received Coveted Pennsylvania Direct Support Professional Award from ANCOR
Kaori Kelly, a Direct Support Professional for Keystone Human Services, received the Pennsylvania Direct Support Professional Award from ANCOR. This award is given annually to a DSP who has been exemplary in their service. Kelly has been instrumental in supporting a young woman to reach her goals.
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Puppy Raisers and Sitters Needed for New Susquehanna Service Dogs Puppies
Susquehanna Services Dogs is looking for Puppy Raisers to raise future service dogs. These dogs will change the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Puppy Raisers raise a dog for 18-24 months, giving the dog basic training and socialization opportunities. No experience is necessary.
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Images of Advancing the Human Spirit on Display at WITF
The photographic exhibition Images of Advancing the Human Spirit by Dennis Felty and Daniel Shanken will be displayed at the Loewengard Atrium at WITF. The exhibition reflects the work of Keystone Human Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services to children and adults with disabilities.
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Sally Klein Received the Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award
Sally Klein received the prestigious Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award on November 8, 2012. This award is given annually to a person who has made significant contributions to the community and in making KHS’s vision a reality.
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Susquehanna Service Dogs Welcomes Three Litters of Puppies to the Puppy Cam
Susquehanna Service Dogs welcomed its third litter of service dog puppies on September 22. The seven Water puppies are joining the eight Puppies from Down Under and the eight Country Capitals puppies on the puppy cams. SSD is expecting one more litter in October.
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Governor Corbett, Susquehanna Service Dogs Join to Sign H.B. 165
Governor Corbett will join Susquehanna Service Dogs for a ceremonial signing of H.B. 165, the recently enacted bill that allows for harsher penalties for dogs owners whose animals attack service dogs. The bill’s passage acknowledges the importance of service dogs and the extensive training it takes to prepare them to serve people with disabilities. The signing will take place on August 8 at 10 a.m. in SSD’s training space in the Harrisburg Mall.
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Susquehanna Service Dogs Receives Grants from Two National Foundations
Susquehanna Service Dogs is honored to receive grants from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the Planet Dog Foundation. The funds will help provide necessary items for SSD to raise, train and place service dogs, including birthing supplies, veterinary visits, ophthalmologist visits, early socialization classes, and more.
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Youth Campers Train Service Dogs at Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Camp
Young adults take over training service dogs for Susquehanna Service Dogs during SSD’s 2012 Dog Camp. Campers ages 10 to 14 work hands-on with an SSD dog to help train the skills the dogs need to assist people with disabilities. Campers also learn clicker training and basic dog care.
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Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Shakespearean Puppies Take Center Stage on the Puppy Cam
Watch Susquehanna Service Dogs’ newest litter of puppies on the Puppy Cam. SSD Cleopatra, Brutus, William Shakespeare, Falstaff, Portia, Queen Mab and Hamlet will eat, sleep, play and take their first steps on a live video stream available on SSD’s website. These seven puppies will be trained as service dogs to assist men, women and children with disabilities.
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SSD Receives $65,000 Donation from the Grand Order of the Eastern Star of Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Service Dogs received a $65,000 donation from the Grand Chapter of the Pennsylvania Order of the Eastern Star. This generous support allows SSD to place service dogs with Pennsylvania veterans at no cost.
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Vote in Susquehanna Service Dogs’ 2013 Calendar Contest
People can cast their votes for their favorite photo in Susquehanna Service Dogs’ photo contest! The top 12 photos will appear in the 2013 SSD calendar. Voting is open from June 4-30 and is available on SSD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/susquehannaservicedogs.
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Susquehanna Service Dog Gideon to Throw Out First Pitch at Wednesday’s Senators Game
The Harrisburg Senators first pitch on their June 6 baseball game will be unusual. Susquehanna Service Dog Gideon will be throwing out the first pitch. Susquehanna Service Dogs will be the community organization of the night, and fans are encouraged to visit their table to meet the dogs and learn more about how service dogs change the lives of people with disabilities.
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“Keep Your Promise” Rally
Many organizations across the State will be holding a “Keep Your Promise” Rally at the Capitol in Harrisburg on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 12:00 noon to stop the proposed Governor's Budget that will cut services to citizens in Pennsylvania.
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Dennis Felty Receives the “I’m the Evidence” Award
Since 1968, Dennis Felty has been a change agent and visionary dedicated to improving the lives of men, women and children with disabilities. On March 29, 2012, he was honored at the Mental Health Association of the Capital Region’s Festival of Hope. He received the first annual “I’m the Evidence” Award for his leadership in making sure that all people have the opportunity to contribute and participate in their communities.
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“Images of Advancing the Human Spirit” on Display at the Pennsylvania State Capitol
The photographic exhibit “Images of Advancing the Human Spirit” by Dennis Felty and Daniel Shanken will be on display in the East Wing of the Rotunda at the Pennsylvania State Capitol. This exhibit reflects the work of Keystone Human Services, a nonprofit organization providing services to children and adults with disabilities.
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Dennis Felty Named the 2012 Festival of Hope Honoree
Dennis Felty has been selected as the Honoree for the Mental Health Association of the Capital Region’s 2012 Festival of Hope. The reception and dinner was held on March 29 at the Hilton Hotel Harrisburg. Cocktails and an art show began at 5:30. The Festival of Hope benefits the educational programs and services of the Mental Health Association in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties.
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Russian Open World Delegation to Present a Panel Discussion about the Different Faces of Modern Russia
A Russian delegation visiting through the Open World Leadership Center will present a panel discussion about the Different Faces of Modern Russia at 5:30 p.m. on February 8 at the C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center at Harrisburg Area Community College. The event is hosted by Keystone Human Services International, the Open World Leadership Center and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, and is open to the public.
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Governor and Mrs. Richard Thornburgh to receive Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award
Governor and Mrs. Richard Thornburgh received the Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award for their dedicated service and advocacy in creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award is Keystone Human Services’ highest honor and was presented to the Thornburghs at Keystone’s 39th Annual Meeting on November 3.
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Dennis Felty Receives the 2011 Gunnar Dybwad Humanitarian Service Award
Dennis Felty, the founding president of Keystone Human Services, received the 2011 Gunnar Dybwad Humanitarian Service Award. Awarded only when a suitable candidate has been identified, the award honors individuals who have significantly promoted human welfare and social reform. Dennis received this award at the Annual Conference of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
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2011 CFO of the Year Awards
Keystone Human Services is pleased to announce that Roger Burns, CFO is a finalist for the 2011 CFO of the Year Awards. Hosted by the Central Penn Business Journal, the CFO of the Year Awards celebrate the financial executives in Central Pennsylvania who contribute to successful economic growth and stability.
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3rd Annual Coretta Scott King Women for Diversity Awards Dinner
Women-CONNECT, a magazine celebrating diversity and the accomplishments of women all over the world, is hosting its third annual Coretta Scott King Women for Diversity Awards Dinner on May 3, 2011. This year, we are proud to announce that Ann Moffitt, the Vice President of Community Development for Keystone Human Services and CEO of the Keystone Partnership, is one of the recipients of this award.
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Keystone Human Services Announces Dr. Joseph Adlestein Award
Keystone Human Services established the Dr. Joseph Adlestein Award for Professional Leadership in 2010. The naming of the award was giving as a tribute to Dr. Adlestein for his work as a dedicated advocate for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Adlestein was the author of the Mental Health Act of 1966, which paved the way for deinstitutionalization of thousands of men and women who previously had no hope for freedom, dignity or a meaningful life in the community.
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“Images of Advancing the Human Spirit” on Display at Harrisburg Hilton & Towers
The photographic exhibit “Images of Advancing the Human Spirit” by Dennis Felty and Daniel Shanken will be on display at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers now through December 20, 2010. This exhibit reflects the work of Keystone Human Services, a nonprofit organization providing services to children and adults to support them to lead full, active lives in their community.
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“Flying Ladies” — Lecture and artist's commentary and fine art photographic work by Dennis Felty
Dennis Felty will present his fine art photographic work titled “Flying Ladies” recently exhibited at the Miami Design Preservation League in South Beach, Florida. The event will be held on September 30, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in the Parmer Cinema in Boyer Hall at Messiah College.
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KHS in the News
Award-winning author and veteran foreign correspondent Joyce Davis wrote an article for The Patriot News about our connection to Beslan, Russia. Following the Beslan school hostage crisis in September 2004, we offered our support to our Russian colleagues to provide community-based services for the children and families directly or indirectly affected by this tragedy. With the support of grants from international aid organizations and individual donors, we continue our support to Beslan to this day.
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May sheds light on National Mental Health Month
“Individuals experiencing mental illness have been so denigrated throughout history … It’s hard to believe our society’s sensibilities have evolved to where we now have a government sponsored National Mental Health Month,” observes Dr. Janet Kelley, Vice President of Clinical and Quality Services at Keystone Human Services.
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RECOVERY IN OUR OWN WORDS
Book Signing: Midtown Scholar Bookstore
May 12th, 11 am – 1pm
(Harrisburg, PA, April 26, 2010) This book is a “must have” for men and women challenged by the stresses of dealing with their mental illness on a daily basis.  Steeped in wrenching accounts that highlight successful journeys to full recovery, RECOVERY IN OUR OWN WORDS provides the power and inspiration for others to continue striving for a more typical, stable and rewarding life.  Families of those with mental illness will find this collection of stories a beacon of hope as it provides a greater understanding of the feelings faced by loved ones while managing and living with this often debilitating illness.
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Keystone Human Services expands Autism Services to meet increasing needs of Community
The number of individuals with autism is rising significantly. In fact, the Pennsylvania Autism Census Project anticipates that the number of persons with autism across their lifespan in our state will rise to at least 25,000 by the close of 2010. The report also illustrates that the number of adults with autism will grow to more than 10,000 by 2014. These are not just numbers they are our family members, friends, neighbors.
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CONTEST UNVEILED: dogschangelives.org
(Harrisburg, PA 1-27-10) Everyone who has a story about a dog changing a life is urged to submit their story, photo or video at www.dogschangelives.org from February 1 through February 28. There will be voting for the best story, video or photo throughout the month of March with final winners announced on March 29. The Audience Choice Award of $1,000 will be granted to the submission which receives the most votes. The Life-Changer Award of $500 will be determined by a panel of judges and announced on the same day.
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An important message for adults with autism
Keystone Autism Services was selected to be the first provider of services for the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP). ACAP was developed by the Bureau of Autism Services to support adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ACAP provides comprehensive, personalized services that are individually tailored to each person's strengths, needs and preferences.
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Over $1.9 Million in Recovery Act Funds Awarded to Capital Area Head Start
(Harrisburg, PA – December 7, 2009) Capital Area Head Start (CAHS), a widely acclaimed program of Keystone Children & Family Services, has been selected to receive $1,920,078 over the next two years in new grant monies to expand its Early Head Start programming throughout the Greater Harrisburg region.
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Direct Support Career Yields Ocean of Opportunities
(Harrisburg, PA 9/14/09) How many jobs in corporate America would actually condone a quick trip to the beach?
One that's extremely important, according to Josh Dauberman of Keystone Human Services (KHS).
“The work I do is literally life-altering,” comments Dauberman who works as a Direct Support Professional (DSP), providing daily assistance for three men with intellectual disabilities.
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BESLAN, RUSSIA: Five Years Later
The Struggle to Heal Continues
(Harrisburg, PA – September 3, 2009) It's hard to believe that five years have passed since the unspeakable massacre of innocents at Middle School #1 in Beslan, Russia.
For the unsuspecting residents of this sleepy N. Ossetian village, there is still no escaping the trauma of those fateful days. Terrorists attacked without mercy. The school's 1,000 children and adults were denied food and water and explosives were strung from the gym's basketball hoops. After three days of torment, the bombs detonated from chaotic gunfire. Three hundred thirty-four children and adults perished in the onslaught.
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Leaders from Azerbaijan examine social issues – equal participation in public life for people with disabilities in Central Pennsylvania
(HARRISBURG-PA) – Seven young professionals from Azerbaijan participating in the Open World Program will spend May 29 – June 6, 2009 in the Harrisburg area examining “Social Issues – Equal Participation in Public Life for People with Disabilities” as they relate to adults and children in the region. Keystone Human Services International will host the delegation. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the U.S. Library of Congress, Open World is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and free-market system.
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Keystone's Robert Baker and Ed Toyer appear as guests on WITF's Matters of the Mind radio program
On Wednesday, May 27, 2009, Robert Baker, VP Keystone Human Services, President/CEO of Keystone Autism Services and Edward Toyer, Director of Clinical and Psychological Services, Keystone Human Services were guests on the WITF Radio Smart Talk series Matters of the Mind to provide expert commentary on autism.
Keystone Human Services International to host Pennsylvania visit of leaders from the Community For All – Moldova program
(HARRISBURG-PA) – Five social service professionals from Moldova will participate in an intensive study visit in the Harrisburg area from February 21 – March 1, 2009 to examine community based services for children and adults with disabilities.
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Rideshare Employee Receives 1st Annual Key Human Services Award:
Director of Sales Greg Levitz recognized for his creativity, compassion and commitment
Windsor, Conn. (PRWEB) January 31, 2009 -- In recognition of his commendable commitment to supporting the efforts of Key Human Services, Greg Levitz, Director of Sales for The Rideshare Company, is the proud recipient of the 1st Annual Key Human Services Award. A plaque, noting Levitz's "creativity, compassion, and commitment" to Key Human Services was awarded to Levitz during a dinner ceremony held at the Central Connecticut State University Ballroom on November 13.
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Russian leaders examine social issues/social services in Central Pennsylvania
(HARRISBURG-PA) Ten Russian leaders participating in the Open World Program will spend November 16-24, 2008, in the Harrisburg area examining “Social Issues/Social Services programs” as they relate to adults and children in the region. Keystone Human Services International will host the delegation.…
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Keystone Human Services International Partners to Support Moldova in Moving to Protect the Rights of People with Disabilities
(Harrisburg, PA) – The government of the Republic of Moldova recently joined with mental health and child advocates to pave the way to end an era of isolating children and adults with mental disabilities in institutions.
The "Memorandum of Understanding for Deinstitutionalization and Community Living for People with Mental Disabilities" was signed on May 27, 2008 by the Ministry of Social Protection, Family and Child; the Open Society Mental Health Initiative; Soros Foundation – Moldova; Hope and Homes for Children; and Keystone Human Services International. By signing the memorandum, the Ministry and these four nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) committed to a four-year collaboration dedicated to ending further institutionalization of children with mental disabilities and establishing models for community-based services that will replace institutions in the long run.
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These puppies give a new leash on life:
PawsAbilities benefit for service-dog program offers disabled new possibilities
(Lancaster, PA – February 22, 2008) – At just 11 weeks old, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Midge can give a high-five. Her older "sister," 14-month-old Rossi, can open doors, turn light switches on and off, pull a wheelchair and alert family members to the oven timer. She can also pick up quarters and $1 bills with her mouth — without swallowing them — and return them to whoever dropped them. Pedigreed prodigies? Perhaps, at least in the puppy world.
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Keystone Human Services Acquires Impact Systems, Inc.
(Harrisburg, PA – February 1, 2008) – Keystone Human Services (KHS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Impact Systems, Inc., a privately owned, Pennsylvania based for-profit agency serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, mental illness and autism for 35 years. Impact Systems, Inc. serving Dauphin, Cumberland/Perry, Luzerne/Wyoming, Lehigh, Chester and Delaware counties will become an important component of Keystone’s regional system of care. Impact Systems, Inc. joins Keystone as a wholly owned subsidiary on January 31, 2008.
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Marcia J. Reynolds Joins Leadership of Keystone Human Services
(Harrisburg- February 1, 2008) "We are pleased to have a person with the experience and dedication that Ms. Reynolds brings to our leadership team" said Dennis W. Felty, president of Keystone Human Services. "Marcia brings over thirty years of experience as a leader in the field of human services. Having served as Vice President of Impact Systems, Inc. since 1983, Marcia has extensive knowledge in providing supports to those with intellectual disabilities, autism and mental illness."
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Schooling Bebe: College of Wooster students train service dog
WOOSTER, Ohio -- Bebe the Labrador retriever was getting an earful about supply, demand and prevailing market price.
Whether she preferred the topic to lectures last semester on the intricacies of memory and the life of Mahatma Gandhi was anyone's guess.
Class time is part of the young Lab's life at the College of Wooster, where a houseful of students is training her to become a service dog.
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Promoting the Best Care at the Best Source – the Home
The Keystone Social-Educational Foundation for Social Assistance to Children and Families (KFCF) is a Russian NGO founded by KHS International, a subsidiary of Keystone Human Services (KHS). Registered as a Russian NGO in April 2006, Keystone Foundation (KFCF) was established to promote and develop opportunities in the form of direct service, best-practice training, grant-making, foundation services, and administrative support to further the independence of children and families who are in need of assistance due to disabling conditions, poverty, abandonment, institutionalization, and other adverse conditions throughout the Russian Federation.
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Eight Leaders Examine Social Issues in Central Pennsylvania
(Harrisburg, PA) – Eight Russian leaders participating in the Open World Program will spend October 6-14, 2007, in Central Pennsylvania examining Social Issues in the areas of Health-Care Provision, Elementary and Secondary Education and Social Services. Keystone Human Services International will host the delegation.
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President of Keystone Human Services Honored to share world stage at 2007 Clinton Global Initiative
(Harrisburg, PA – September 29 2007) – Dennis Felty, President and founder of Keystone Human Services, has just returned from the annual Clinton Global Initiative Convention in New York City "with an admittedly heightened sense of global purpose."…which is saying something for a human services pioneer who has already dedicated his life and career to changing the world.
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Raising Rocko – to Become a Service Dog
THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER, WOOSTER, OH / July 9, 2007 – Economics major Nick Weida was convinced about the excellence of his proposal: Take one Labrador puppy; hand pick a group of committed Wooster students; put them together in one of the college’s program houses. And then let the learning begin.
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Comunicat de presă
(Bacioi opening press release made by the Ministry of Social Protection Moldova.)
În comuna Băcioi, suburbie a capitalei a fost astăzi inaugurat Centrul comunitar "Vis" pentru susţinerea şi integrarea socială a copiilor aflaţi în dificultate. Instituţia a fost deschisă în incinta şcolii primare din localitate cu suportul administraţiei publice locale şi a Kezstone Human Services, cel mai mare prestator de servicii pentru persoane cu disabilităţi din statul Pensilvania, SUA.
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Kind Caregivers
Thursday, April 19, 2007/The Patriot-News – Since there has recently been much adverse publicity regarding facilities/residences and individuals who care for the disabled, I feel it is important for the public to know there are kind, competent and "underpaid" caregivers, who take care of our "special family member."
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Service dogs leap to compete at games
Patriot-News - Harrisburg, PA – With graceful twirls and steady eye contact, Kathy O'Handly and Buffaloo danced in the state Farm Show Complex yesterday with the style of two "Dancing With the Stars" contestants.
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Susquehanna Service Dogs in Need of Puppy Raisers
Harrisburg, PA – Susquehanna Service Dogs is in need of volunteers, individuals or families who are interested in becoming Puppy Raisers for wonderful Labrador Retriever puppies that grow to become service, therapy or hearing dogs.
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Planet Dog Foundation celebrates first year, new grantees
PORTLAND, ME/February 26, 2007/Williamsport Sun-Gazette/ – The Planet Dog Foundation is celebrating an amazing first year with nine new grantees and more than $45,000 donated to canine service programs. Through cash grants, sponsorship, special gifts and in-kind donations, PDF has bolstered 14 nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people in need with the aid of highly skilled specialized dogs.
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Nice to Meet You! Greeting Strangers
Collective wisdom from the ClickerExpo family
The trainers and enthusiasts who attend ClickerExpo come to increase their understanding and strengthen their skills. They are also a rich source of expertise and practical advice for each other as well as newcomers to clicker training and pet management.
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Children and Teens With Autism to Benefit From More Than $1 Million in State Grants
HARRISBURG, Pa., July 10 /PRNewswire/ – Six organizations that serve children and teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have each been awarded $175,000 by the Department of Public Welfare to provide enhanced evaluation and treatment services.
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Susquehanna Service Dogs on TV
The Harrisburg Kennel Club Dog Show that airs on Animal Planet will have a small story included in it that features SSD. The initial airing of the show is on July 8, 2006 at 7:00pm. Here is the link to Animal Planet that shows all the airing times:
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Open World Names Grantees for 2006 Russia Civic and Cultural Programs
WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire/ – The Open World Leadership Center announced its 2006 grants to 23 U.S. organizations to host approximately 1,120 civic and 85 cultural leaders from Russia. The grants will be used to develop and manage programs for a wide range of Russian leaders – from judges and regional legislators to NGO directors and filmmakers – in the coming year. Open World delegates visit the United States for intensive professional exchange programs and cultural residencies lasting from 10 days to two weeks.
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Keystone Human Services, an Open World Host Organization, Presents Its Programs in Tomsk
On April 6, 2006, the IATP Center at the Siberian State Medical University's Medical Research Library in Tomsk hosted an opportunity for exchange program alumni, students, and nonprofit activists to meet with Maria Kalitina, general director of the Keystone Foundation for Children and Family Services in Moscow. Last year Keystone's parent organization, Keystone Human Services, hosted two Russian Open World delegations in its headquarters city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Local Open World alumni worked together to organize the meeting.
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Felty Wins Top United Way Award
(Harrisburg, PA) Dennis W. Felty, President, Keystone Human Services was awarded the coveted Frank R. Grady Outstanding Professional Award by the United Way of the Capital Region at their Annual Meeting on April 2006. This award is presented to a human service professional that has made great contributions not only their organization, but to the community and beyond. The criteria for this award include Commitment, Leadership, Creativity, and Accomplishment.
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Nonprofit organization giving help to the helpers
Russian psychologists had just finished several weeks of training at Keystone Human Services in Harrisburg last year when Chechen rebels stormed a school in Beslan and took hundreds of people hostage.
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Agencies help Russians treat terror victims
One year after Islamic terrorists killed nearly 350 people in a southern Russian town, the survivors worry that the world might forget them, a Russian social worker said yesterday in Harrisburg.
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Meaningful Lives, Community Connections: Vulnerability and Community Roles
In organizations and movements that are founded to promote the welfare and well being of children, we often hear about the importance of children experiencing membership in their communities. … The role of community member is a powerful one, which yields great benefit.
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Open World Names Grantees for 2005 Russia Civic Program
(June 16, 2005) The Open World Leadership Center today announced the grant recipients for its 2005 Civic Program for Russia. The 18 grantee organizations will develop and conduct professional programs for approximately 1,370 political, civic, and economic leaders from Russia, including regional officials, mayors, judges, NGO directors and entrepreneurs. The U.S. Congress established the Center's Open World Program in 1999 to enable emerging Russian leaders to meet their U.S. counterparts and to experience American civil society firsthand.
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Leadership of Keystone Human Services visit St. Catherine the Great Martyr Church
(May 6, 2005) On Bright Friday, May 6, 2005, Archimandrite Zacchaeus, Dean of St. Catherine the Great Martyr Church welcomed Mr. Charles Hooker, First Vice President and CEO of Keystone Human Services to the parish. Accompanying Mr. Hooker were several members of the Board of Directors of Keystone Human Services. The purpose of the visit was to become better acquainted with Russia, its people and culture, and to become aware of the conditions and methods of social care provided in Russia for the most vulnerable – children and adults with disabilities, orphans, low-income and at-risk families.
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Ann H. Moffitt, Named Outstanding Fundraiser
(April 4, 2005) Ann H. Moffitt was honored as the 2005 Outstanding Fundraising Professional during the J. Richard Wilson Keynote Address at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, Md. Her colleagues at Keystone join the AFP in recognizing her achievements.
Keystone Human Services Comments On The Closing of Harrisburg State Hospital.
Keystone Human Services was founded in the early 1970’s by a group of people who were convinced that many of the individuals who lived in the Harrisburg State Hospital (HSH) could live meaningful and productive lives in the community. Several of these people were employees at the Harrisburg State Hospital and others were community leaders working in the field of community mental health.
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Mission in Moscow a Success
(Harrisburg 11-30-04) "We could see the pain, overwhelming sorrow and exhaustion in their faces," said Ann Tapman, clinical social worker with Capital Area Head Start, a Program of Keystone Human Services (KHS). She was referring to the ten mental health professionals who came to Moscow recently to learn post trauma techniques for dealing with the aftermath of the horrors of the Beslan massacre.
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Keystone Human Services celebrated another year of outstanding service to the community
Keystone Human Services celebrated another year of outstanding service to the community at their 32nd annual meeting held Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The theme of the evening was "celebrating service" and the keynote address was delivered by Anne Beiler, the founder and CEO of Auntie Anne's, Inc, a famous mall-based pretzel franchise. Beiler spoke of her corporate and personal philosophy of "...we give, to get, to give again" and of the importance of service to others.
Keystone Human Services also took the opportunity to celebrate the long-term employees and Board members who have given many years of service to Keystone and the community.
Susquehanna Services Dogs Program Hosts International SPIRIT Conference of Assistance Dogs International
(Harrisburg-October 7,2004) Nancy Fierer, Director of Susquehanna Services Dogs(SSD) a program of Keystone Children & Family Services, announces the opening of the International SPIRIT Conference of Assistance Dogs International to be hosted by SSD the weekend of October 10-13 at Camp Hebron, located in Halifax. "This is a marvelous honor for our program", stated Fierer," Of the ten certified program throughout the world, SSD is the newest to be certified. It is our opportunity to share the outstanding quality of our program, our staff expertise and the dedication of our volunteers."
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Keystone Human Services Responds to Beslan School Tragedy By Sending Post-Trauma Experts. Donations Desperately Needed
(Harrisburg, PA -October 4, 2004)- With an impressive track-record of crisis intervention in our local schools, and at the urgent request of beleaguered mental health professionals in Russia, Keystone Human Services is sending experienced post-trauma experts to Russia to provide highly specialized training to over-burdened counselors in the aftermath of the Beslan School massacre. Approximately 200 children are currently hospitalized or receiving treatment in area Moscow hospitals since the tragedy occurred on September 1-3, 2004. Many other children are receiving services in Kiev, St. Petersburg and other cities as well.
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Keystone Human Services moves to new location.
(Harrisburg-September 29,2004) - Keystone Human Services has moved their offices to 124 Pine Street in downtown Harrisburg. Headquarters was formerly located at 310 North Second Street.
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Woman's best friend? Rogersville resident sees seizure dog as hope
Megan Young of Rogersville never heard of the late country music star Johnny Cash. But, for the last nine months, she has become a huge fan of another Johnny Cash, a young, black Labrador Retriever who promises to become the 21-year-old's ticket to greater independence. Her family hopes that a highly trained animal from the nonprofit group, Susquehanna Service Dogs, will help manage her condition. The dog, named Cash in honor of the musician, should be in the Young household by winter.
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Grants to Bolster Head Start
A grant from PNC is to bolster Head Start efforts to improve the social and emotional development of local children.
Capital Area Head Start is to receive $85,500 over three years for new developmental programs at its Granite Center in Harrisburg.
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Keystone Human Services celebrated another year of outstanding service to the community
Keystone Human Services celebrated another year of outstanding service to the community at their 31st. annual meeting held Wednesday, November 5th, 2003 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Keystone is our regions leader in services to individuals with mental retardation, autism, those experiencing mental illness and children and their families.
Dennis W. Felty, President and one of the founders of Keystone reflected that this has been the most accomplished year in Keystone's history. Providing services and supports to more people, addressing the needs of some of our areas most challenging behavioral and physical needs.
Keystone Human Services has not only grown in services provided but also in the reach of our programs. One of our regions largest non profits, employing nearly 2000 staff and managing 75 million in services and supports to area citizens.
Capital Area Head Start, a program of Keystone Service Systems, Inc. is hosting an Open House
Capital Area Head Start, a program of Keystone Service Systems, Inc. is hosting an Open House at its Perry County center site, located in the Stonebridge Health and Rehabilitation Center on Rt. 274 just west of Duncannon. The Open House will occur on October 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Stonebridge is the site for three home based classrooms, serving a total of 55 Perry County children. Each enrolled child receives three home visits a month as well as a weekly socialization classroom day.
Special activities at the Open House include an opportunity to "Meet the Author," provided by the Perry County Literacy Council. Local children's book author and designer, Biruta Hansen, will be at the Open House, speaking to parents about her work, and signing books for the children.
All are welcome! Come and join us and see for yourself how Head Start is serving families in Perry County.
PeopleSoft Executive Interviews
How are other small to mid-size companies using technology to advance their business? Here's where you'll find out. Each month, we interview executives of small to mid-size businesses. We ask them questions about the economy, business innovations, and IT trends—questions also relevant to your business. Their answers, posted below, provide fresh insights and information.
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