Over 75 years of serving Ramsey County with senior care, enrichment for children, basic needs and crisis assistance.
The mission of Keystone Community Services is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life.
Individuals, youth, families and seniors in our community have the resources and skills they need to live with hope and dignity.
How we meet our mission
We provide vital, community-based services aimed at strengthening our community, with a commitment to serving people with the greatest needs. Our services are designed with community input to meet the aspirations and respond to the changing needs of those we serve, including young people and families, seniors, and those needing food services or crisis support. We deliver high-quality, evidence-based services in neighborhood gathering places that make our community stronger.
We are supported by the community, generous funders and hardworking volunteers who are all on a mission to improve the quality of life for the people around us. Make an impact and join us.
Keystone is a trusted place that neighbors turn to when they need support or when they want to connect with their community. We invite you to read our Report to the Community and Annual Report to learn more about our impact in the community.
Founded in 1939, Keystone began as a small neighborhood community center. Today, Keystone reaches more than 35,000individuals in Ramsey County through a variety of programming and human services. Our name comes from a central wedge-shaped stone of an arch (a keystone) that locks the parts together and supports the whole, a fitting description for our organization as we serve and strengthen our community.
Our administrative office is located in the Merriam Park Community Center in St. Paul, with services and programming out of our West Seventh Community Center, three food shelves and Youth Express sites. Our locations offer a range of our core services.
Keystone’s Programs are Essential:
As you know, the Governor Walz issued an Executive Order directing Minnesotans to “Stay At Home” through April 10th. Keystone is an “essential” business and is part of the Twin Cities’ critical sector response to COVID-19. With this information, we will continue to operate our food shelf, crisis services, meals on wheels and case management programs that support our most vulnerable residents in St. Paul. The executive order also defines “workers” and “personnel” as employees, contractors, vendors and volunteers. This clearly allows our dedicated and wonderful volunteers to continue serving at Keystone during this time. We will have more limited staff in our buildings but remain committed to offering vital support to those who need it.
Programs that are available to the community:
Meals on Wheels deliveries are continuing and staff are modifying operations to ensure safety of the staff, participants and volunteers.
Food shelf operations, including Foodmobile distributions, have been modified to ensure the safety of staff, participants and volunteers but are open Monday – Friday to provide vital food support to people in the community.
Express Bike Shop is open for service repair only. In accordance with the Minnesota stay at home guidelines, bicycle repair shops have been identified as an essential service. To limit person to person contact we ask that you call ahead 651-644-9660 to schedule a bike service repair appointment. Full information is available at exbike.com.
Our youth afterschool programs and active senior programs are canceled as well as any large gatherings in our community centers. AARP Tax Assistance is also canceled until further notice.
We are actively monitoring the situation and will implement any additional strategies when necessary. Stay tuned for updates as things are rapidly changing.
How you can help:
You might be wondering how you can help neighbors during this uncertain time. Here are the top ways you can support your community today:
Give food and household items to keep our food shelves stocked. Click here to see our most needed items and where you can drop off your contributions.
Your time supporting vulnerable people in our community is needed more than ever. Sign up today.
We are so grateful for your care and support!
Healthand Safety Precautions during this time
As you know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly evolving. We are relying on facts to inform thoughtful decision-making in an ever-evolving situation. Keystone is committed to providing services in safe, healthy environments for all of our participants, volunteers, and staff. During this time of heightened awareness, we are maintaining our thorough cleaning and food safety standards and expanding them as necessary.