Thank you, Erie Gives Donors
Thank you for your generous contribution to the Warming Center at MHA on Erie Gives Day. You have helped assure the community will again be able to offer those without shelter on the coldest of Erie winter nights a safe, warm haven. The Warming Center at MHA was open 79 nights this past winter and served over 430 persons in need of a warm, welcoming, overnight retreat from temperatures of 25 degrees or below. Your contribution combined with the prorated match from the Erie Community Foundation, GE Transportation, Erie Insurance, Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Eriez Magnetics and an anonymous donor brought in a total of $2,870 for the Warming Center at MHA. This represents our most successful Erie Gives Day response to date.
This expression of gratitude comes with the assurance that MHA will make sure your donation all goes toward the purpose for which you gave; and I hope you accept it with our commitment to make your dollars do the most for those who need it most.
May you enjoy a happy and healthy remainder of the summer in the comfort of knowing that, when the snow flies again, we will be ready to make sure no one need be left out in the cold.
MHA Members Participate In Rally To Address State Budget Impasse
A Budget Impasse Rally was held at Beach 1 at the Peninsula on August 13 , 2015. There were 25+ persons who attended this rally including members and staff from MHA, staff from CRI, a representative from Keystone Progress and 2 representatives from State Representative Ryan Bizzarro’s office. Transportation was provided by the E. This rally was held in response to the lack of a State Budget and to provide awareness to Erie County residents about the impact of the budget impasse. There was media coverage from WJET and WICU. Several of the persons at the rally were interviewed and shared their thoughts on how the impasse is affecting the Erie community. The concern voiced by many is that our elected officials should be back at work developing a budget that would benefit all Pennsylvanians so that services do not either decrease and/or cease to exist due to the lack of funding. Additional community events will be planned as the budget impasse continues.
MHA Reps. Invited To Governor's Residence For Meeting On Budget Impasse
Members of the MHANP community including Charles Gauley, Diana Ames, and Bill Grove were invited to a presentation at the Governor's residence in Harrisburg about the impact of the current budget impasse on human services providers and their consumers. The importance of insisting that legislators reconvene to negotiate a budget with the Governor that supports both human services and education was stressed. Human services providers were urged to do whatever possible to weather any protracted impasse rather than accept a budget that would continue to underfund important services for vulnerable populations. Members of the General Assembly, the Senate and the governor's staff were present to hear concerns, offer encouragement and address questions. MHA's Diana Ames stressed the importance and power of meaningfully engaging human service consumers to advocate on their own behalf.
MHA consumers have been meeting with local state legislators to tell their stories and express their concerns. They are also engaging in local and statewide efforts to address the issues of adequate funding for Human Services in this year's state budget.
MHA Recieves Grant To Address Stigma
The Non-Profit Partnership (NPP) awarded a Capacity Building Grant to assist MHA in promoting a more positive image of mental health consumers to the public. MHA will use this $5,000 grant to collect a variety of recovery stories from local mental health consumers and then identify low or no cost ways of getting those stories before the public. Video, print and oral presentations will be gathered.
This is an exciting opportunity for MHA and we already have several consumers who are preparing to help gather the stories and another group interested in telling their stories. Be looking for our media campaign in 2015.
Thanks NPP for the financial support.
MHANP Annual Report
September is National Recovery Month
The 2015 Recovery Month theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable", highlights the value of peer support by educating, mentoring and helping others. The theme invites individuals in recovery and their support systems to be catalysts and active change-agents in communities, and in civic and advocacy engagements. It encourages individuals to start conversations about the prevention, treatment and recovery of behavioral health conditions at earlier stages of life. (from www.recoverymonth.gov).
Church to hold special service for people with addictions
A special mass has been scheduled for Monday, September 14th 2015, 7:00PM, at St. James RC Church. This service is for individuals and the families of those dealing with heroin and other addictive behaviors. Attend this special service at St James Church, 2635 Buffalo Rd, Erie, PA 16510.
Second Chance Computers Graduates 3 More
On June 25th, Second Chance Computers graduation ceremonies were held at the MHA for Michael Harrison, Yolanda Moreno and Paul Scalf. These mental health consumers completed the 5 week course and attained basic proficiency in computer use. Each graduate was able to take home the used laptop computer on which they trained. Congratulations to each of these individuals and welcome to 21st century communications. Special thanks go out to Mary Beth Sackett who has been volunteering as instructor for the course.
Another Second Chance Computer class is now underway. Paul Scalf is helping teach this next group of computer novices. Thanks Paul.
Compassionate Actions Project (CAP)