Keon Programs of Abbott House

The Keon Center is now Keon Programs of Abbott House

In March of 2020, the COVID-19 emergency forced Abbott House to temporarily close our adult day programs, including Keon Programs of Abbott House. Over the last year and a half, we have slowly and safely re-opened these programs. However, due to unforeseen challenges stemming from the pandemic's impact on our census, we are evaluating our ability to maintain the current building in Peekskill, NY, where we provide a range of services to adults with developmental disabilities in our care.

Please be assured that Keon Programs of Abbott House will continue to exist, operate and deliver quality care to everyone in our Abbott House family regardless of this review's outcome.

Abbott House is committed to keeping our families informed and will post updates as they become available.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering 15% of children aged 3 to 17 have at least one or more developmental disabilities. Additionally, on any given day, there are 428,000 children in foster care in the US. After a 3 year process, application to and review by the NYS Attorney General’s Office, Abbott House and the Keon Center announced that their joint application to merge was approved and finalized on November 8th, 2019.

“This merger will allow us to increase the services that both organizations already provide,” said James Kaufman, President and CEO of Abbott House “We are thankful to Howard Millman, former President of the Keon Center, whose stewardship brought Keon and Abbott House together. We look forward to creating new programs that will create more promising futures for children, families, and adults in the Hudson Valley Region and New York City.”

What We Do

Formally known as "The Keon Center, Inc." the organization was established by a group of concerned parents and citizens to address the needs of children with disabilities who were not provided for by the State education system. They began by providing training classes for people with disabilities on a free tuition basis. It is believed that this was the first parent operated class in the State of New York.

Keon Programs of Abbott House provides services to disabled adults and operates multiple community based programs including WOW (Without Walls), volunteering, and pre-vocational training with Meals on Wheels, Boscobel, Stonewall Stables, Teatown Reservation, Peekskill Field Library, Spins of the Hudson and many more. Job placement services include: Supported Employment, ETP (Employee Training Program) and Pathways to Employment. Pre-vocational training in community sites include: Walgreens Pharmacy, CVS, Jo-Ann Fabrics, and Homestyle Bakery. An active program for respite services for families offers recreational activities and life skill training with dinner served every night prepared with the assistance of individuals.

"People Helping People" is the mantra of Keon, which will grow and flourish as this new union with Abbott House continues to enhance the Keon Programs of Abbott House. Working together we make a difference in strengthening our community for everyone.

For more information about Keon Programs of Abbott House, contact:

Carline Cham, Assistant Director of Day Services and Program Development

914-591-7300 ext. 3080

ccham@abbotthouse.net