Father called this new Agency CROSSKEYS because the Church on its grounds is called St. Peter’s and St. Peter is always seen holding Crosskeys which are the keys to heaven. Father envisioned this new Agency to open the doors to services to the persons that it would be in need. His plan was to have a Sister of St. Francis begin this project, since these Sisters had taught in his school for sixty-five years. He contacted the Sisters of St. Francis, located in Millvale, PA; now called the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities; presently located in Wexford, PA. The Community Minister, Sister Eugene Sisk, (deceased) released Sister James Ann Germuska for this work. Sister continues to work in this Ministry. Even though the Agency had a strong imprint of the Catholic Church on it; it is non-denominational. Crosskeys does not discriminate on national origin, race or creed.
The first grant was received for an Aging Program in Brownsville, PA and in 1976 for an Aging Program in Republic, PA. A Mental Health component was added in 1983. Additional Mental Health Programs were added through successive years.
The needs of the programs always out- weigh the grants received so the Agency is always grateful for donations. Volunteers are welcomed also.
Behavioral health is an extremely important part of overall health — and of the health of our community. We run live-in and day programs for people struggling with behavioral health issues. We also provide other services that are tailored to the needs of our clients..
Many seniors feel isolated, especially at mealtimes. We provide transportation to allow seniors to come to our centers for a warm meal and some excellent company. Simply sharing food with friends can make a world of difference in the lives of older adults. .