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Mark Ritter Receives the 2014 Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award
Keystone Human Services is pleased to present Mark Ritter with the 2014 Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award. This award is presented to outstanding citizens who have made significant contributions to individuals, the community, and Keystone Human Services and have played a major role in making Keystone’s vision real in the lives of others.
Mark began his career with Keystone in January 1980 as a service director for Keystone’s intellectual disabilities services in Harrisburg. Under Mark’s leadership, intellectual disabilities services expanded throughout Dauphin County and farther into Lancaster and Northumberland Counties, including the opening of the first culturally-focused home in Harrisburg, a program that is still in operation today.
In 1989, at the request of the State of Connecticut, Mark volunteered to be the one to start Key Human Services, a new subsidiary of Keystone Human Services. From the initial Key office—the back seat of Mark’s car—the organization expanded throughout the state and now provides over $16,600,000 in community services to some of the most vulnerable people served throughout Keystone. At the same time, Mark continued to serve as part of Keystone’s leadership and contributed to the successful reformation of Keystone’s current Vision Statement, the organization’s growth and restructuring to a parent/subsidiary structure, and a vast amount of leadership techniques and movements.
After his retirement, Mark continues to support initiatives for the aging population as a powerful lifetime advocate for vulnerable individuals throughout the community.