"LAUGHTER IN THE LIMELIGHT a comedic view of life by local news personalities and government officials" is the title for a night of fun and entertainment to be held Wed. March 8th at Jr's Last Laugh Comedy Club, 1402 State St. in Erie. Tickets are just $12.00 per person for admission and all ticket sales benefit the Boots On Ground and Warming Center at MHA programs. Hungry? Thirsty? A cash bar and Jr's kitchen will be open for business at 5:30 with the show starting at 7:00. There will also be raffle items and door prizes and other "FUN"draiser activities but the local personalities will be the big event. Here's our "Who's Who" of performers for the evening:
MHA is very grateful to John Groh whose brainchild this event is. He is managing and coordinating all aspects of what will be a wonderfully entertaining evening and all for a good cause. Please join us. Seating is limited to 275 so purchasing tickets in advance is advisable. Contact John at 814-449-7264, Jr's Last Laugh 814-461-0911, or Bill at MHA 814-452-4462 x100 for tickets. If you want to help sponsor this event or place an ad in the program, give John a call as well.
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The Second Chance Computer project at MHA, a program that connects used, working laptop computers to mental health consumers who have completed a basic computer skills training, has been out of laptops for months. Until we replenish our laptop supply, over 50 eligible persons will remain on an ever growing waiting list and remain computer illiterate.
Graduates of Second Chance Computers have found their lives transformed by gaining computer skills and access. They have been able to establish social networks, connect with recovery resources, and find jobs in the community because they can grab their laptop and get to a wi-fi site where they can now communicate effectively.
We need your help. We certainly need donations of individual, good working laptops that are no longer in use. But, we also know there are closets and storage rooms throughout the community where stockpiles of laptops that have outlived their usefulness for businesses and companies languish. MHA can use those laptops. If you work for a company that has such a cache of laptops or know of a company we might contact, please contact us. Call LuAnn at 452-4462 x126. Being unable to use a computer in the 21st century is a huge barrier in anyone’s future.
At our regular staff meeting on February 27, 2017, Rita Wheeler was presented a commemorative clock by CEO Bill Grove. Rita has been a staff member of MHA for over 20 years, a fact worth celebrating. She has brought her skills, talents and dedication to bear in MHA's efforts to provide mental health consumer directed programming throughout her time at MHA. She has worn several hats over her years at MHA as a member of the original Consumer Family Satisfaction Team and later as Program/Volunteer Coordinator where she has mentored literally hundreds of volunteers and interns with an individualized volunteer plan tailored to their comfort and talents. Known for her organizational skills, Rita is the "go to" person whenever we need to know where to find anything at MHA. She is also frequently consulted on a variety of matters pertinent to the effective operation of the organization.
Congratulations and thanks Rita for 20 years of remarkable service to MHA.
Rita Wheeler 21 year award
On January 4, 2017 MHA lost a friend and colleague. Eve Shreve was a Certified Peer Specialist in our Peer Support Program. She was friendly, funny and compassionate. She was a professional who made good use of her talents and life story to connect with peers and provide them with support and encouragement. We were fortunate to have her with us, even for a short time. Eve is missed by family and friends and by all of us at MHA whose privilege it was to have gotten to know her. God's speed Eve. Jan. 19, 1964 - Jan. 4, 2017
Winter is finally here and the temperatures are dropping overnight. We've held our first Warming Center at MHA night and we are looking for your support as we head deeper into the winter months. Here are our most urgent needs:
Check out our Warming Center Wish List for other items we need to be sure we are serving our guests well and providing them with the resources to survive the winter months.
Erie has been very generous to the Warming Center at MHA during the past 8 years as we open our doors from 11 at night until 7:30 in the morning when temperatures are forecast to be 25° or below. Please help us again this year to ensure no one is left out in the cold on our most bitter nights.
The Warming Center at MHA opens its doors whenever the overnight temperature will be 25 degrees or less, accepting anyone who needs to come in from the cold during overnight hours. All are welcome while they abide by basic rules of mutual respect. MHA provides shelter, safety, food, coffee, activities, conversation, support, and a place to "nap" for those needing to rest. Click on Icon just above this column.
Best to call early in the morning or late afternoon or most likely you will need to leave a message and number for them to call back. They can meet with you at their office or somewhere in the community. Homeless Case Management can be a good resource way to help someone with a mental health need find a place to live. Homeless case managers have expertise and resources others may not have. The case managers are in the emergency shelters almost every day.
Project Hope has very active outreach workers. They can meet with you in the community. Project Hope workers often can meet with people in the evenings as well as the daytime. Project Hope has resources others may not.
The over-flow shelter location rotates through the community. Call to find the location and times it is open.
Now is the time to register to participate with the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA in the Walk for a Healthy Community presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on Saturday, June 3,2017 at Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA.
Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can support Boots On Ground (BOG), the new MHA program supporting our veterans and families coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, .5% of the sale will be donated by Amazon to MHA for this veteran peer based program. Click on the Amazon Smile post above and happy shopping.
For more information on Boots On Ground, click on the BOG logo on the left side of this home page. Our veterans with invisible wounds need us so they can help each other.
Community Care, a nonprofit managed care organization, announces the schedule for the upcomming advisory meetings.
Meetings for Community Care Adult Members:
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Meetings for Families of Members:
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The Community Support Program (CSP) of Pennsylvania is a coalition of mental health consumers, family members and professionals working to help adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders live successfully in the community.
MHANP routinely attends these meetings and all members are encouraged to participate. The exact time and date is listed monthly in our Schedule of Activities.