In the spring of 1964, Keystone Training and Rehabilitation Residence opened its doors, housed in the former Elks Club building in downtown Scranton. Founded by Ignatz Deutsch, the organization provided residential services to individuals with mental retardation in an urban environment, giving them access to social, cultural, educational and vocational activities in a community based setting.
This was at a time when the isolated state institution was the setting of choice for people with developmental disabilities who needed residential care and support. Mr. Deutsch’s vision was to create an environment in the community that would allow individuals to live in comfort and to grow to the fullest of their capabilities. It was a simple idea but it made Keystone a pioneer.
Today, Keystone Community Resources, Inc. is diverse in its programs and services and community based in its philosophy. The path to this progress over the past four decades is made up of both small and large events, the many people who have worked for our company, the individuals and their families who have benefited from our services, and the agencies that have used our programs.
Overall, Keystone consists of over 60 community homes, 26 supported living sites and 12 family living homes located in and around the greater Scranton area. Through expansion efforts, we have been able to offer specialized programs in areas such as Prader-Willi Syndrome and Autism programs.
As we look forward to the future, our mission remains clear, to provide people with developmental disabilities diverse opportunities to lead fulfilling lives.
Keystone Training and Rehabilitation Residence Scranton, PA