News Stories for 2021

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Maher Duessel Partners with Susquehanna Service Dogs to Name an Assistance Dog

Maher Duessel and Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), a program of Keystone Human Services, are pleased to announce a partnership to name an assistance dog. The assistance dog in training, SSD Saly, (pronounced ‘Sally’) is a black Labrador retriever whose name comes from a common auditing phrase, “SALY – Same As Last Year.”
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Keystone Human Services (KHS), Susquehanna Service Dogs, and Alexander Building Construction Co. Will Break Ground On New, State Of The Art Assistance Dog Training Center In Grantville, PA.

Grantville, PA—Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), an internationally recognized assistance dogs program based in central PA for almost 30 years, is breaking ground on an exciting new training center in Grantville, PA. The center will usher in a new era of making a difference for thousands of people with disability, veterans, schools, hospitals, courthouses, and cancer...
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2021 Nancy and Robert Fierer Spirit of Volunteerism Award

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2021 Nancy and Robert Fierer Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Congratulations to Carolyn Cass! Named after Susquehanna Service Dogs’ founding volunteers, the Spirit of Volunteerism Award is given to an SSD volunteer who has taken the mission to heart to help dogs change lives and support people...
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$500 Sign-On Bonus for Select Jobs—July Only

Come for the opportunity. Stay for the career. Apply for a job with Keystone Human Services during July and receive a $500 sign-on bonus once you’re hired! The sign-on bonus is available for select full time direct care positions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. You must complete an application between July 1 and August...
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Building Back Better: Reflections on the United Nations Conference of States Parties on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities were marginalized long before the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, the events of the last year and a half have highlighted the realities and consequences of systems that exclude people by design.
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4 Principles to Ensure People with Disability Maintain Independence and Control

On June 8, 2021, representatives from Keystone Human Services – Meritt Buyer, Strategic Partnerships Officer; Genevieve Fitzgibbon, Deputy Director for Keystone Human Services International; Dan Mathieu, Service Director at Key Human Services in Connecticut; and Laura Tieman, Vice President of Business Development – attended the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ regional consultation...
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In Memory of Dr. Narender Sharma, Associate Director of Keystone Institute India

We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Dr. Narender Sharma, Associate Director of Keystone Institute India. He was an admired and respected leader who believed strongly in the possibility and promise of our work in India. He shared his optimism through a buoyant personality, a quick smile and laugh, and...
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Carlisle Container Company Partners with Susquehanna Service Dogs to Name an Assistance Dog

Carlisle Container Company and Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), a program of Keystone Human Services, are pleased to announce a partnership to name an assistance dog. The new puppy in training is a black Golden Retriever Lab mix named SSD Carlisle.
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Keystone Human Services Combats Racism

The guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd confirmed what we all saw and heard that terrible day. Just as we could not turn away then, we cannot turn aside now. With hard work and commitment, this can be the beginning of much-needed change in the United States.
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Certified Peer Specialist Advocates for Inclusive Employment during 2021 Zero Project Conference

Meaningful employment is a key pathway to real inclusion and provides people with disability with opportunities to lead dignified lives. Promoting an inclusive workforce and supporting people to find and maintain competitive jobs are key components of what we do. For people experiencing mental health conditions, employment can be a critical part of recovery.
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