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Mental Health Association of NWPA IconAfrican Dance
And Drumming

Join Gloria on Thursday Feb 19th at 11:00AM, for fun and movement. Drums provided by Rev Owen Rhodes. 2nd Floor at the MHANP. All members are invited.

Warming Center at MHA IconWarming Center at MHA
Thanks Supporters

Words cannot express how thankful we are to all who have donated clothing to the Warming Center at the Mental Health Association. We have received so many needed items like jeans, sweatshirts, sweaters, gloves, hats, scarves, coats and personal hygiene products. We continue to give out these items every day which has been a welcomed relief to many since this winter has been so cold and bitter. The Warming Center at MHA has had over 1200 visits in 42 nights during this winter season so far.

We want to especially thank the employees at Safe Harbor Behavioral Health and Stairways Behavioral Health, the congregation at the St. Jude's Catholic Church and The 49 store in North East along with all those who just walk through our front doors with these much needed clothing donations. We are grateful for all the support and compassion that the community has shown us throughout this winter season.

National Fuel Gas IconNational Fuel Gas Foundation Pledges $10,000
To Support The Warming Center At MHA

Last Fall it was suggested that we consider asking one of our neighbors, National Fuel, for financial assistance to support the Warming Center at MHA. It made sense that maybe a company that provides the fuel that keeps most of us warm all winter might find it compatible to help those in our community who are without access to this precious commodity. I was put in touch with David Waples, Manager of Corporate Communications at the Erie office, and he shepherded me through the donation application process for the National Fuel Gas Foundation. Well, as of this morning he informed me that we would soon be receiving a check for $2,500 from the foundation with a commitment to provide the same amount of support over the next three years for a total contribution of $10,000. We couldn’t be more pleased to have National Fuel as a supporter of the Warming Center at MHA. They are now both good neighbors and good friends not only to MHA but to the hundreds of persons without shelter who are our overnight guests each winter.

Warming Center at MHA IconWarming Center
Adds Half Hour To Its Schedule

We are happy to announce that the Warming Center at MHA will stay open a half hour longer each morning to better coincide with the serving of the Bishop's Breakfast at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. Hours of operation for the Warming Center at MHA will now be from 11 PM to 7:30 AM on any night the temperature is forecast to be below 25 degrees. Guests of the Warming Center will not have to either wait in the cold or find some alternate shelter for that half hour between 7 and 7:30. This change is made possible by a re-organizing of MHA's morning housekeeping schedule.

The "e" Comes To The Aid Of Homeless Again
On The Coldest Mornings

Thanks go out again this year to Mike Tann and the "e" for providing bus transportation between the Overflow Shelter and the Bishop's Breakfast held in Fellowship Hall at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. When the morning wind chills are forecast at below 0 temperatures, we have contacted Mike and, as he did last winter, he arranges a bus to arrive at the Overflow Shelter at 7:15 to pick up anyone who needs to get to the breakfast. This service is a lifesaver when temperatures are so low that frostbite and hypothermia can be a real threat to someone outdoors for any period of time with inadequate clothing. We truly have much to be thankful for in respect to helping our community members who are less fortunate and we can be proud of our public transportation service for being a reflection of Erie’s compassion.

Mercyhurst U. IconMecyhurst U. Lakers Hockey Team Delivers
For The Warming Center At MHA

In a ceremony at the MHA on Monday Jan. 19th the Mercyhurst University Lakers senior hockey team members, coaching staff and University officials held a ceremony at MHA to present Bill Grove, CEO with a check for $2,000 to support the Warming Center at MHA. Along with the check, each of the hockey team members brought a total of 11 blankets as a part of the donation. The check represented a portion of proceeds from the inaugural Snowtown Throwdown held Jan. 2 & 3 at the Erie Insurance Arena.

Coach Gotkin was enthusiastic about future plans for this annual event. MHA is both proud and excited to be associated not only with the Snowtown Throwdown but with the staff and players whose community mindedness and sincere compassion led them to use this event to support persons without shelter on the coldest of Erie winter nights. We are very grateful for their generous spirit and will be rooting for the Lakers through the remainder of the hockey season. THANKS!

Wesley Warming Center Opens In Wesleyville

The MHA welcomes a new partner in helping make sure anyone without shelter on nights when temperatures are forecast for 25 degrees or below, has a safe, warm and welcoming place to get out of the bitter cold. The Wesley Warming Center in the Wesley Church, 3308 South Street, Wesleyville opened for its first night Monday Jan. 12th. As with the Warming Center at MHA, guests at the Wesley Warming Center will have hot beverages and a light meal available to them. The volunteers at the Wesley Warming Center will maintain the safety of the environment as well as provide a listening ear and quiet activities for guests. Those who need some rest will be able to take a nap. Hours of operation are 11 pm to 7 am.

General announcements regarding the opening of both Warming Centers will be posted on the MHA website,, and will be disseminated by email and facebook.

We know there are persons in the Wesleyville area who need this service but they are unlikely to see this posting. Please help pass the word about the availability of the Wesley Warming Center to anyone who may need it or who come in contact with homeless individuals and families in the proximity of Wesleyville.

Thanks To All Who Attended The "Snowtown Throwdown"

If you attended the first "Snowtown Throwdown" at the Erie Insurance Arena on Jan. 2 and 3 to watch great college hockey between the Mercyhurst Lakers and the Ohio State Buckeyes, MHA thanks you. A portion of the proceeds from those exciting games is being donated to the Warming Center at MHA to support this program that helps ensure anyone without shelter on our coldest winter nights has a safe, comfortable, welcoming place to be protected from the elements. We thank Coach Gotkin, his staff and team, and Mercyhurst University for their recognition of the importance of the Warming Center at MHA to the Erie community.

Mental Health Association of NWPA IconMHANP Annual Report
for 2013 - 2014 released

Our Annual Report for 2013 - 2014 has been made available.

Annual Report 2014 ~

Second Chance Computers LogoSecond Chance Computer Program
On Hold For Lack Of
Good Used Laptops

The highly successful Second Chance Computer Program at MHA that provides training for mental health consumers who are not computer literate and whose graduates get to keep the working order, donated used laptop computers on which they train, has come to a grinding halt. Why? We have run out of our supply of donated laptops.

We are in urgent need and we know there are individuals and businesses out there that have laptops that are fully functional but have outlived their use in a rapidly changing technological environment. These computers are exactly what MHA and recovering mental health consumers need to join the 21st century world of communication and opportunity.

Please! If you or your place of employment have these laptops gathering dust, clean out the hard drives and contact MHA. We can use them to open minds and decrease the barriers facing those mental health consumers who have been left behind in the digital divide.

Mental Health Association of NWPA IconMHA 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.

Mental Health Association of NWPA IconTwo More Center Members
Graduate From CATV Production Training

Congratulations to James Cox and Leonard Ginnery on completing basic training at Community Access TV. They will join other recent CATV grads at MHA to become the MHA video production team for the Anti-Stigma initiative that is getting underway.

A quick guide to some housing resources for people experiencing homelessness

Warming Center at MHA


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.

Erie County Care Management Homeless Case Management


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.

United Methodist Alliance Project Hope


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.

Over-flow shelter information


The over-flow shelter location rotates through the community. Call to find the location and times it is open.

The Internship Experience at the MHA

Several college seniors from universities within the tri state area have spent a semester at the MHA. We have asked our recent interns to express their impression of their experience with us.

Highlights Regional

Community Care, Erie County, Meeting Schedule

Community Care, a nonprofit managed care organization, announces the schedule for the upcomming advisory meetings.

Meetings for Community Care Adult Members:
Adult Members Meetings ~

Meetings for Families of Members:
Family Meetings ~

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) Inmates With Serious Mental Illness Will Begin Receiving Treatment

Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRNPA) announced today that it has settled a civil action it filed in 2013 against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) alleging that the state violated the constitutional rights of inmates with serious mental illness in 26 state correctional institutions. Many seriously mentally ill inmates were kept in solitary confinement in so-called restricted housing units (RHUs) for months or even years.

Complete Report ~

Mobile Overflow Shelter Schedule

The mobile overflow shelters will be open seven days a week from 7:30pm until 7am throughout the winter. The schedule for the rest of 2014-15 is now available:

Overflow Schedule ~

The Community Support Program (CSP) of PennsylvaniaWestern Region CSP
Schedule for 2015

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.

Meeting Information ~

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.

Schedule of Activities ~

MH Advance Directive

Mental Health Advance Directive is available online.