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    New head of Housing Stability Programs at Keystone Opportunity Center

    Keystone Opportunity Center, which runs low-income housing units, housing programs, a food pantry, and literacy education in Bucks and Montgomery counties, has announced the hiring of James Kelleher as the Director of Housing Stability Programs.

    James comes to Keystone with more than 15 years of experience serving high-risk populations.

    In his most recent position, James was Director of Programs at The Allentown Rescue Mission, supervising a team of 26.

    His efforts increased the number of successful program exits by 20%, reduced recidivism by 27% and launched one of the country’s first emergency shelter recuperative care programs.

    During his tenure at The Allentown Rescue Mission, James also was the organization’s liaison to the Lehigh Valley Regional Homeless Advisory Board and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, and spearheaded an assessment of The Allentown Rescue Mission against 40 similar providers in the northeast in order to evaluate the efficacy of the agency overall.

    “I selected James to run the Housing Stability Programs department at Keystone because I know that the staff will greatly benefit by having a leader with the in-deep experience of working in a residential environment to address the minute-by-minute needs of those in the midst of chronic homelessness,” said Arlene Daily, Executive Director of Keystone Opportunity Center. “What’s more, James’ ability to strengthen and grow programs is what is needed in a field that requires innovation, collaboration, passion and vision in order to achieve some very important goals.”

    Prior to his years at The Allentown Rescue Mission, James worked as either a case manager or a supervisor of case management teams at: Cornell Abraxas, Northampton County Juvenile Justice Center, Pinebrook Services for Children & Youth, and KidsPeace National Center of Kids in Crisis, and was member of the management team at a local school district.

    PHOTO CAP: James Kelleher