In 2015, Keystone provided services to over 25,000 people with the help of 2,000 volunteers. Outcomes include the following: 21, 620 people (8,222 households) received over 2.1 million pounds of nutritious food and 1,594 people (578 households) received crisis assistance or case management services to ensure they have the foundational supports in place to be self-sufficient, stable and successful. 2,604 seniors participated in senior services offered by Keystone to help them remain living independently in their community. 358 received in-home services such as meals on wheels, 1,268 participated in active senior programs and 983 received case management services. Keystone youth programs provide academic, social skill and vocational support to 373 youth who participated in after-school, summer and employment programs. New initiatives in 2015 included deploying a new mobile food-shelf truck to reach residents with transportation barriers, hosting produce distributions to ensure low-income residents have access to fresh produce, expanding the after-school program at the West 7th Community Center to include high school age youth and adding a new check and connect project with the University of Minnesota and more active senior opportunities for seniors who want to improve their overall health.
Keystone Community Services’ mission is to support low income youth, families, individuals and seniors living in St. Paul and the surrounding suburban communities of Ramsey County. Our goals for 2016 include the following: 380 low-income youth will have the academic, social and vocational skills to succeed at school and in the community. 27,500 low income individuals and families will have foundational supports in place to be self-sufficient, stable and successful. 1,750 seniors and adults with disabilities will remain living in the community of their choice with dignity and self-determination. New initiatives planned for 2016 include expanding the successful produce markets launched in 2015, including more youth and seniors in the overall program planning and evaluation and supporting more seniors and people with disabilities through case management services.
Community or Constituency Served
Keystone serves over 25,000 people at seven community locations in St. Paul and Ramsey County, including three food shelves, a mobile food-mobile and two major multi-service sites, Merriam Park Community Center and West Seventh Community Center. Approximately 94% of the people Keystone works with are low-income, 69% are people of color, and 45% are immigrants/refugees – many are vulnerable with critical and complex needs. We provide services in the areas of basic needs, youth school success and healthy development, youth employment, family stability and self-sufficiency, and senior services. Keystone has the largest basic needs human service program in the east metro and operates two of the largest community-based youth and senior programs in St. Paul. We effectively reach out and respond to inter-generational needs to help low-income individuals and families achieve greater stability, safety, self-sufficiency, and opportunity throughout their lives.
Geographic Area Served
Our community based services for seniors, youth, individuals and families offer support for Ramsey County residents most of whom live in Saint Paul. We also provide waiver case management services for elderly and people with disabilities who reside in Hennepin County.