Mike Ullman with Advance Auto Honored as Community Employer of the Year

Advance Auto of Phoenixville, PA and Mike Ullman, General Manager, have been awarded the Community Employer of the Year for the Southeast Region award by PAR. Ullman and his staff at Advance Auto have shown exceptional dedication, leadership, and mentoring in welcoming an employee with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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Allentown's Luz Diaz-Vincent wins the PAR 2018 "We Are Worth It" Northeast Region Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

Keystone Human Services (KHS) announced that Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) selected Luz Diaz-Vincent as the 2018 "We Are Worth It" winner of the Northeast Region Direct Support Professional of the Year Award.

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Fund the Perfect Match on #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday on November 27, Susquehanna Service Dogs is looking to raise $30,000 to fund the perfect match between a person and their service dog. These dogs are life-changing. As one woman recently paired with her service dog said, "You've given me a lifeline to the world." You can help make that kind of difference by donating to Susquehanna Service Dogs on #GivingTuesday.

Capital Area Head Start Celebrates 30 Years

Capital Area Head Start is celebrating its 30th anniversary of supporting children and families in the community. CAHS now supports 1,150 children and families to be successful in school, pursue their goals, and get a head start in life. Like CAHS on Facebook to learn 30 facts about their 30-year history.

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Change Lives with Keystone Human Services

Are you looking for a job where you make a positive impact in people’s lives? Join Keystone Human Services and start your career changing lives and building a better world. Search our jobs by location to find an open position near you.

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Susquehanna Service Dogs Places 9 New Assistance Dogs

Nine people are now working with their new assistance dogs. Susquehanna Service Dogs recently placed four service dogs, one hearing dog, three facility dogs, and one owner trained service dog. Each dog was individually trained for their partner, and each person spent two and a half weeks learning how to work with their dog. Visit Susquehanna Service Dog's Facebook Page to see photos.

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The Family Dynamics of Life Sharing

Life Sharing brings families and people with disabilities together to form a new family. Sunday Zarko, Life Sharing Service Director and the chairperson of the Pennsylvania Life Sharing Coalition Conference Committee, discusses how important that family dynamic is in people's lives. The 6th Annual Life Sharing Conference is on October 15-16.

Recent Social Role Valorization Graduates

A group of learners recently attended a three-day workshop on Social Role Valorization, held by the Keystone Institute. They examined the devaluation of people with disability and how valued roles can increase the likelihood that a person will have access to the good things in life. "This workshop opened my eyes and deepened my understanding of societal devaluation and the plight of vulnerable people. I have a responsibility to take action," said one of the graduates.

Learn more about the Keystone Institute's events

Respecting Choices

We respect each person's right to make choices in their own lives, whether it's the color of the walls in their home or the people who are supporting them. Direct Support Professionals play an important role in supporting those choices.

Watch the Direct Support Professionals video (external website)

Take a Virtual Tour of a Head Start Classroom

Have you ever wondered what a Capital Area Head Start classroom looks like? Take a virtual tour of one of CAHS's classrooms with teachers Ms. Kelli and Ms. Lillian. Each area of the classroom is designed to spark children's imagination and encourage them to learn.

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Become a Life Sharing Family

Become a Life Sharing Family and support a person with a disability to pursue their goals and dreams. Life Sharing Families welcome a person with an intellectual disability to join their family, providing support for the person to develop skills and fully participate in the community. To become a Life Sharing Family, contact Sue Rowell at srowell @ keystonehumanservices.org.

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Capital Area Head Start Teachers Think Outside the Box

Let your creativity shine as a Capital Area Head Start teacher! Head Start teachers have the opportunity to be creative with lesson plans and help students and parents get excited about learning. Watch the video of teacher Kelli Still as she shares her experience as a teacher.

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High School Student Graduates with Service Dog at His Side

Nate Layne is the first student to graduate from Cedar Cliff High School with a service dog at his side. He's partnered with SSD Colorado from Susquehanna Service Dogs, and Colorado has made it possible for him to be much more independent. Nate plans to attend Albright College, along with Colorado. Watch the Fox 43 news story to hear Nate, his mom, his teachers, and his friends talk about how life-changing a service dog has been.

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ChocolateBall: The Power of Inclusion!

Keystone Human Services presents ChocolateBall: The Power of Inclusion! This black-tie event -- to be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 -- includes a 4-course dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions, live music, dancing, and more.

Learn more about the ChocolateBall (external website)

Rediscovering Yourself in the Community

“When I got discharged from my third psychiatric hospitalization, there was no big welcome banner that said ‘Hi! Welcome to the community! Glad you're back! We're so, so glad to see you.’ It was a series of small, sometimes fruitful, sometimes challenging, sometimes painful steps in growing. I felt like a bud on a tree or a plant that was getting ready to newly emerge but wasn't sure what direction she was going to go.”

Watch the video as Patti Uhrich shares her story of recovery from mental illness and how she rediscovered herself within her community.

Enroll in Capital Area Head Start

If you're pregnant or have a child age 0-5 years and live in Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry Counties in Pennsylvania, you may be eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start. Contact Capital Area Head Start at 717-541-1795 for more information or to enroll.

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Suicide Prevention

Help, healing, and hope can happen. If you or someone you know is in crisis and is contemplating suicide, please know that help is available. You are not alone. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and #BeThe1To save a life: 1-800-273-8255. You can find more resources at BeThe1To.com (external website) and SuicidePreventionLifeline.org (external website).

Who Gets a Seat at the Table?—When “All” Means Only Some

Keystone Human Services International hosted a Side Event at the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, entitled “Who Gets a Seat at the Table?—When “All” Means Only Some.” A distinguished panel of change agents shared perspectives from the Global North and Global South on inclusion and the implementation of the Convention, and highlighted the work that remains before everyone has a seat at the table. 

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Charles J. Hooker, President and CEO of Keystone Human Services, Participated in Inclusion International 2018 World Congress Delegation in Birmingham, United Kingdom

Keystone Human Services is pleased to announce that Charles Hooker led a delegation of the ANCOR International Council to participate in Inclusion International’s 2018 World Congress in Birmingham, UK. Mr. Hooker was joined by six other delegates from ANCOR, a national, nonprofit trade association whose members, including Keystone Human Services, provide supports and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Read more about the Inclusion International 2018 World Congress Delegation

Classroom Space Needed for Capital Area Head Start

Capital Area Head Start is looking for classroom space to serve 250 children in Harrisburg, PA. Space should be at least 800 square feet with a sink and bathroom in the room or nearby. Students also need an outdoor play area. Each site needs to be able to accommodate at least two classrooms. If you know of any available sites in Harrisburg, PA, please email Jo Pepper at jpepper @ keystonehumanservices.org.

Read the article in PennLive (external website)

Donate to Support Susquehanna Service Dogs in the Highmark Walk

Donate to fund the perfect match between a person and their service dog! Susquehanna Service Dogs participated in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 19 with a goal to raise $30,000—the cost of raising, training, and placing a service dog. These dogs are individually trained based on their partner’s needs, which means each dog learns specific tasks to assist their partner to live a full, meaningful, independent life.

Donate to the Highmark Walk (external website) to help change lives!

Mental Health Month

In recognition of Mental Health Month, we will be posting videos and information about mental illness and recovery on our Facebook Page. Like Keystone Human Services on Facebook (external website) to stay up-to-date on all the information.

2018 Nancy and Robert Fierer Spirit of Volunteerism Award

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Dreschel, this year’s recipient of Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Nancy and Robert Fierer Spirit of Volunteerism Award! Dr. Dreschel manages SSD’s puppy raising program at Penn State University, where she teaches puppy classes, organizes outings, schedules vet care for the dogs, and mentors students to become great ambassadors for Susquehanna Service Dogs.

Read more about the Spirit of Volunteerism Award (external website)

Susquehanna Service Dogs Honors 37 Dogs and People in 2018 Graduation Celebration

Honorees include working service dogs, facility dogs, courthouse dogs, detection K-9s for the CIA, companion dogs, breeding dogs, and demonstration dogs, along with their handlers and puppy raisers.

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ANCOR Direct Support Professional of the Year in Moldova

Congratulations to Natalia Dediu, the ANCOR Direct Support Professional of the Year for the Republic of Moldova! As a direct support professional within Keystone Moldova, Natalia has supported people with disability to live full lives in the community. Thank you for your commitment to our mission and vision, Natalia!

Videos of Recovery from Mental Illness

Sharing stories of recovery from mental illness is an empowering experience and can serve as a source of hope for others. Dana Carl, a member of Keystone's Mental Health Services Leadership Council, shares some of the strengths and skills she relies on for her own recovery and to support others on their journeys to recovery.

Watch the Recovery from Mental Illness videos (external website)

Keystone Human Services Announces Kristopher A. Weaver as New Director of Development

Kris Weaver brings valuable experience in development to his new role at Keystone Human Services.

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Keystone Human Services Strengthens Commitment to Community Services for People with Disability with Acquisition of New Jersey-Based Partnerships for People

As of April 1, 2018, Keystone Human Services has acquired Partnerships for People, a New Jersey-based nonprofit supporting people with disability to live and work in the community.

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Summer Dog Camp Registration Opens on April 2

Registration for Susquehanna Service Dogs' Summer Dog Camp opens on April 2 at 6 pm. Campers ages 10–14 spend a week learning about and working with future service dogs.

More details about Summer Dog Camp

Become a Rehabilitation Specialist

We're hiring Rehabilitation Specialists! Find your rewarding career supporting men and women in recovery from mental illness to focus on their strengths, build family relationships, and community connections. Learn more and apply for this position and our other open positions.

Spotlight on Our Employees: Matt Miller

Every employee with Keystone Human Services has a vital role to play in advancing the human spirit. Matt Miller recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with Keystone! Matt started his career as a Direct Support Professional and now works in our Information Systems Department. He understands that technology plays a significant role in supporting people with disability to live full lives in the community. Congratulations on 30 years and thank you, Matt, for your dedication to our mission!

Read more about Matt Miller (external website)

Enroll your child in Capital Area Head Start for the 2018-2019 school year

Enrollment is open for Head Start and Early Head Start for the 2018-2019 school year. If you are pregnant or have a child ages 0-5, you may be eligible.

Learn more about enrollment in Capital Area Head Start

We're hiring in Connecticut

We're looking for Direct Support Professionals in Connecticut to support people with disability living in our new Community Living Arrangements. Positions are open in Griswold, Colchester, Newtown, Bloomfield, and Watertown. You can search and apply for these and our other open positions in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware.

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Keystone Human Services Announces Gregory N. Wellems as New Executive Director of Intellectual Disability Services

Gregory Wellems brings a wealth of experience in human services to his new role at Keystone Human Services.

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Meet One of Our Direct Support Professionals

Our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) work every day to support people to live full, meaningful lives in the community. Last month, we recognized our employees who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, and 35th anniversaries with Keystone Human Services. One of those employees is Bill Gingrich, who celebrated his 35th anniversary. He’s been supporting the same individuals since he first joined us.

Read more about Bill Gingrich (external website)