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"GEAE Gives Back" event of 2015

This inaugural event by the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality aims to support the programs at the MHANP. Join us at the Erie Maennerchor Club on March 21st from 2:00PM to 4:30PM. Enjoy the activities and refreshments while helping us in our mission.

Event Flyer ~

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.

Warming Center at MHA IconTHANKS
For The Clothing Donations

As always, we at MHA have been blessed with huge quantities of clothing this year to help make sure persons without resources could stay warm and comfortable this winter. Now that the season is winding down and the Warming Center will be open less frequently we are no longer in need of clothing donations. Thanks to all of you out there who have so generously scoured you closets and made sure we had plenty of warm, dry clothing for our guests. We still have an ample supply to finish out the winter and have some to offer through summer and the start of next winter. Come November we will again be accepting clothing donations. Until then, know we are very grateful for your support over this very cold winter.

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.

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 ~

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.

A quick guide to some housing resources for people experiencing homelessness

Warming Center at MHA

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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
814.528.0600

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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
814.456.5670

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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
814.459.5765

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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

Spirituality & Mental Health Recovery Conference

The 13th Annual Spirituality and Mental Health Recovery Conference will be held May 6, 2015 at the Masonic Temple, 32 West 8th St, Erie, PA. Registration is at 10:00AM. For more information, contact LuAnn Gossett at 814.452.4462 X 126. Registrations can be made using the enclosed form.

Registration and Information ~

"Make it a Home Always" recognized by HUD

From:Region III HUDLine News, February 2015. Reprinted with permission:

Make It a Home Always!

Landlords Stand Ready to Deliver Housing to the Homeless in Erie.

Sometimes the right people come together to do the right thing at the right time. That is certainly true in Erie, Pa.

"Make It a Home Always" is a HUD funded program of the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA. Seemingly, it works with the most difficult residents to place including those who have been incarcerated, who have been diagnosed with mental illness and who are currently homeless and seeking an apartment in the private housing market. But, that is not the case in Erie. Debra Geotz, a private landlord, states she is honored to be involved in this tenant landlord relationship.

The question posed to Clifton McNair III, a Housing Case Manager, was this: "What makes this program so successful?"

In part the answer lies with the work done by Clifton, over time, with each and every one of the ten landlords involved in this program. Relationships are cultivated and fostered with landlords through monthly contact.

Landlords are paid at the end of month for the next month; landlords are given 24 hour access to the housing case manager, and have access to a landlord repair fund, if needed, for damages done by tenants not just wear and tear.

There is a genuine relationship between the agency, tenant and landlord. Communication lines are always open and maintained seamlessly.

Lastly, social service referral and linkage is navigated by the housing case manager and the tenant together.

The two year goal is to re-integrate all tenants into self-sufficiency, and that is exactly what is happening through these extraordinary efforts.

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 ~

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.