Our journey to Keystone Village began over 25 years ago when our families chose to adopt (and foster) children with special needs. Our commitment to love these children as our own, who otherwise lacked permanent homes superseded our understanding of the long-term implications of caring for them. Our “on-the-job” training is irreplaceable and permits us to manage what we came to understand as a calling to serve our children, some of whom are profoundly disabled. Navigating their unique emotional, medical, educational, therapeutic and ultimately, their vocational needs is as exhausting as it is rewarding.
As the children grew, and we became older, the questions that arose were as urgent as they were challenging; who would permanently care for our children once we were unable to do so? Who might we trust to care for them as we do? Throughout their childhood, we had the tremendous support of the Forsyth County School system, that provided consistent, compassionate care and attention to our children. At age 22, however, our children, now adults, “graduate” or “transition” from high school, requiring that we provide for their care, “24/7”. Gratefully, filling some of the void for us came in the form of Creative Enterprises of Forsyth, a day service program for Adults with developmental disabilities who provides socialization and teaches life skills.
Our long-term questions remained unanswered until the summer of 2019 when we envisioned Keystone Village. A “keystone” is the central stone of an arch, without which it cannot stand and therefore, the perfect representation as to how our Community would support those we serve. Keystone would be a not-for-profit, “forever home” for adults with disabilities, a sustainable solution for our children, and other adults with disabilities. Thus, Keystone was born to nurture and provide purpose to adults with special needs as part of the larger community, and not separated from it, where love and opportunities for personal growth abound.
Keystone residents will be valued and accepted throughout their lives. The creation of a residential community, where residents have a strong sense of security that they will forever belong to a family that will love and care for them, is our vision and our dream for their future.
Beth & Tammy