Our vision is that of creating an environment where all people, regardless of background and ability, can grow, make choices, and be valued and contributing members of our community. In this vision, we see the welfare of all people being vested in the welfare of each individual.
We believe that all human life is sacred, having equal and unconditional value.
We believe that it is important to recognize and value individual differences and diversity as a means of validating our own uniqueness and affirming the great diversity of the human community. Our services and supports value, are responsive to, and reflect the great diversity of the communities, individuals, and families we serve. We strive to assure that all levels of our organization reflect this diversity.
Within our intent is a deep commitment to decrease the dependence of individuals and families on formal services. All that we do should contribute to the strength, independence, community presence, and capacity of each individual. When an individual or family does need formal services, those services must be effective, and, where appropriate, time limited.
Our vision is that of supporting people within their communities, in natural settings such as home, work, neighborhood, and school. We believe our role will increasingly change from that of a provider of services to that of a facilitator and community organizer.
Our structure is that of a family of agencies that share a common vision and similar values. Our structure allows us to operate both as a collaborative whole, as well as individually responsive agencies.
We believe that we have a deep obligation to serve as a change agent, sharing our experience with others both individually and within the public policy and service delivery processes.
We believe that it is important to live in an environment where all of us have the opportunity to consider the moral and spiritual aspects of our work. We desire that the many people associated with Keystone will experience their work as a calling and wish to encourage and nurture deep commitments, friendships, non-paid relationships, and life sharing.
In this time of rapid social change, much of what we do encompasses the creation of social forms and structures that have value to all people. We believe that our striving to accept, value, and understand great diversity in human qualities is linked to our role in creating a safer world.