Jimmy and Elaine Key founded Key Foundation, Inc. in 2001. Elaine was a special education teacher and area coordinator for Haralson County Special Olympics. She had a great passion, vision, and love for individuals with differing abilities.
The first home, James Street Community Living Arrangement (CLA) was created because one of her students suddenly lost her mother and had no place to live. There were no available services offered in Haralson County. The house quickly filled and there was a need for another so KFI established Ann Street CLA. As growth continued, we opened Dodson Street CLA in Buchanan.
At that time, our residents had to be transported to training centers in two surrounding counties because there were no openings in Haralson County. There was a great need for another training program in the county. So, in June 2004, we opened Beech Creek Industries in Tallapoosa. We quickly outgrew our building and moved to our current location on Golf Course Road. As growth continued, we acquired the building next door and more than doubled our space. We now can accommodate many individuals. We opened a Host home in December 2012 and another in December 2013. We established Bradford Community Living Arrangement in 2014 and when it opened, it was already ¾ full.
KFI's Vision is for ALL adults with differing abilities to be loved and treated with respect.