Sue and Denny stay healthy and active by participating in activities at Keystone.
For Sue and Denny, the West 7th Community Center is a big part of their retirement lifestyle. They moved to the West 7th neighborhood in 2011 and have been involved in the programs at the community center ever since. Read more »
Jeff helps children practice reading and communication skills through his volunteer role.
In retirement, Jeff enjoys traveling, reading and exercise -- but "there's more to life than having a good time -- I like to give back," he says. One day a week, Jeff volunteers for the Keystone Hmong Youth & Family Program, assisting Keystone's Teen Tutors to help children achieve in school. This experience has given Jeff a unique perspective. "My generation has been the beneficiary of relatively inexpensive education and good paying jobs. It's tougher for young people today, especially for immigrants and their children, so these programs are really important. Read more »
Kelly and her young kids make delivering Meals on Wheels a family experience.
Lincoln charms Meals on Wheels clients with his sweet smile as he and his mother, Kelly, make their rounds delivering hot meals to homebound elderly and disabled individuals in St. Paul. Delivering meals is a volunteer role that Kelly selected several years ago because she could do it with her two children. "Both boys love going with me to deliver meals and most clients seem to get a big kick out of them," Kelly said. Delivering Meals on Wheels has taught her boys respect for older adults. Read more »
In her retirement, Michaela enjoys workign at the food shelf.
When one of Michaela's siblings needed food shelf assistance, she went with him to the Keystone food shelf in the Midway neighborhood. "I came away so impressed that my brother was treated with such dignity and respect," said Michaela. In 2010, when she was planning to retire from her teaching career, Michaela remembered the positive experience she had at the Midway food shelf and began volunteering there twice a week. She enjoys the variety of tasks, most notably preparing the produce display.
Low-income families cannot move forward in life or maintain their health when they are experiencing food insecurity. A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says about one in five St. Paul households does not have access to enough food for healthy living.
Keystone is committed to providing services that truly make a difference for Saint Paul area individuals and families as they strive for stability, self-sufficiency, and independence. Last year, our Basic Needs Program served more than 25,000 people -- more people than at any time in our program’s history.Read more »