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Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA

Recent Memorable Activities

Annual Health Fair
Health Fair "My Health Matters" sponsored by the MHA and Erie Weed&Seed Program, was held on 5-18-2007 between 1PM and 4PM at the Booker T. Washington Center. Twenty-six different organizations offered healthy activities and information to different minority populations. Over 100 people participated in the activities. Thirteen people won raffle items. Thank you to everyone who made this event successful.
 
Arts & Culture Center Opening Celebration
The MHA opened the Arts and Culture Center with an opening ceremony on July 27th, 2004
 
Black History Month Celebration
MHA celebrated Black History Month on Feb 19th, 2013. Keeping with this year's theme "Building a Brighter Future through Education and Diversity", Eric Jackson, a graduate student at Edinboro University, produced an event that included voter registration, community service awards, guest speakers, spiritual music and refreshments.
 
Celebrating Success

Three university social work interns were honored on April 26th, 2010. Fifty staff and members of the MHA gathered to celebrate their successes. Amy Lechner and Jessica Clancy from Edinboro University, and Katy Lynn from Gannon University, will complete their field assignments at the MHA later this month.

Bill Grove, CEO, stated that these social work majors contributed much to our mission of providing an environment for mental health recovery. He noted that their future is bright considering the many contributions they made to the MHA.

Katy Lynn, whose home is Ontario, Canada, provided a very interesting overview of her country. The group was interested in learning surprising details about our northern neighbor. Amy and Jessica introduced members with whom they worked. These members read poetry they had authored, told stories about their recovery and played the instruments they had been taught.

The event concluded with a photo session, goodbyes and a light snack.

Congratulations Amy, Jessica and Katy!

Event Photos on Facebook

Certified Peer Specialists Graduate
Twenty new Certified Peer Specialist from the Erie area graduated on April 17th, 2009. The celebration was held at the Blasco Library. Recovery Innovations from Phoenix, AZ supplied the trainer, Chris Martin. The training was challenging and encouraging with its emphasis on Recovery principles. These Peer Specialists will be added to the 36 previously trained CPSs to bring the total of peers available to offer Peer Support Services up to 56.
 
Employment Fair
The MHA conducted an 'Employment Fair' on March 19, 2007. This event has been successful recently and was therefore repeated. Numerous consumers took advantage of this opportunity to seek employment locally. The event was well received and will be held again during the fourth quarter of 2007.
 
Erie Gives Day
Thank you to the 34 donors who supported the Warming Center at MHA on Erie Gives Day on Aug. 12th, 2014. With their generous contributions and the prorated match from the Erie Community Foundation, GE Transportation, Erie Insurance Exchange and Presque Isle Downs and Casino, a total of $2,249 was raised in this year’s campaign. This total represents a new record for Erie Gives donations for MHA.
Last winter’s brutal weather took quite a toll on our resources to support the Warming Center at MHA and we are still working hard to recover so that we can be ready for what is predicted to be another cold winter ahead. The Erie Gives effort helps us get closer to being financially prepared but we still have a ways to go. So, please keep the Warming Center in mind as you consider any Fall philanthropic plans.
Thanks again to all those who gave on Erie Gives Day. Thanks and congratulations to Rita Wheeler for her efforts and leadership with this year’s Erie Gives Day planning and to LuAnn Gossett, Danielle DiFilippo, and Pat Stucke for their work on the Warming Center at MHA donation request video.
 
Give Kids A Smile Day
We are proud to have been participants in the 2006 "Erie's Give Kids a Smile And Sealant Day!" The Erie County Weed and Seed Public Health Committee promotes this annual event which was held at Booker T. Washington Center.
 
Jasper a certified therapy dog visits MHA
Jasper with his trainer Dave Tamilin, visits MHA . Jasper and Dave usually stop at the Association twice per month. This page contains additional information and the video of a recent visit.
 
MHA Board Pres. & Johnston Evergreen Nursery Help Beautify the Property
MHA Board President Missi Berquist and MHA volunteers planted new lilies donated by Johnston Evergreen Nursery
 
Mental Health Plan Survey
Erie County Mental Health Services is developing the 2008 - 2009 Mental Health Plan. We are requesting input from all interested consumers, family members, and providers. Your feedback will be considered in the completion of this plan. Please complete this response form. The submission address is listed on the form.
 
MHA Sponsors Basketball Team
The Mental Health Association is proud to sponsor it's own men's basketball team "MHA Alliance". This is the team's second season and we are all very proud to have several consumers involved in this wonderful wellness activity. The team practices twice a week at Burton School, which was kind enough to allow us to use their gym through February. Games are free and are on Monday nights at Family First Sports Park, 8155 Oliver Road in Erie.
 
National Drug & Alcohol Recovery Month was celebrated Sep 16, 2014
"Reach Out, Speak Up " was the theme for the 25th Annual National Drug & Alcohol Addiction Recovery Month, September 2014. This is the tenth (11th) year that Erie County has celebrated this event.
 
Open House Held May 29, 2009
Our open house held May 29, 2009 was an invitation to the Erie community to share with us, our updated and expanded facility. Staff members met the visitors as they toured the individual areas and explained the functions and opportunities of each unique area. See our photo collage of the event.
 
Pumpkins for Kids collected by MHA Staff
My thanks to the MHA staff and consumers who donated a total of 20 Halloween pumpkins for Safenet. The pumpkins will be distributed to children served by Safenet and in the "Big Backyard" neighborhood. The spirit of giving back to the community has grown steadily over the past years at MHA and I am proud to be associated with the generous folks who work and participate in our programs.
Bill Grove, CEO
 
Spirituality & Mental Health Recovery Conference 2012
The 10th Annual Spirituallity & Mental Health Recovery Conference, "Spiritual Opportunities", was held Apr 25, 2012 at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center. Participant's comments
 
Sue Bennett Room Dedication
The Susan L. Bennett Recovery Resource Room, located at the Mental Health Association, was dedicated on May 19th, 2006.
 
Treatment Court Graduation held
The MHANP congratulates the graduates of the Treatment Court. The Erie County Treatment Court held the most recent graduation ceremony at the Erie County Court House.
 
Celebrating our volunteers: National Volunteer Week April 15-21

A party was held Apr 20th, 2012 to recognize the many contributions of the volunteers at the Mental Health Association. During the last 12 months, 219 different volunteers have given 7,175 hours of their lives to the betterment of our community. The focus of these efforts vary from Art Class to Woodworking and include 55 categories.

The Mental Health Association has always stepped up to aid sister non-profit agencies in their missions whenever possible. For example, our volunteers have performed mail handling and office tasks for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Upper Room of Erie, reordered and shelved materials for the library at NAMI Erie and recently created a new web site for Upper Room of Erie. We visit those hospitalized at Warren State Hospital and offer encouragement and socialization. We visit the Corry Counseling Center and share life experiences with members. These are but a few of the numerous efforts we make to reach out and assist whenever possible.

We try to be responsible stewards of our neighborhood. Our volunteers keep our property neat and clean by collecting trash, pulling weeds, and planting flowers and shrubs where possible. We also maintain our building by painting what ought to be painted and cleaning what needs to be cleaned.

Our members are guided in the use of internet technology and personal computer usage in our computer lab by volunteers. In our computer training facility volunteers provide hands on learning of basic computer. This hands on learning is intended to improve members' employment chances.

 
Very Successful Year for 2014 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
Thanks to all who registered and donated for MHA in this year's 2014 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on June 7th. What a great day. The sun was out; the breeze was cool; the cottonwoods were calm and the company was inspiring.
MHA was one of the top organizations this year both in registrants and funds raised. We had over 150 walkers registered and brought in over $13,000. Our walkers looked great in the MHA yellow and purple walk T-shirts we provided for each of them.
 
Wellness Recovery Action Plan Groups Form
In December 2010, the Erie Community Foundation approved a grant to the Mental Health Association of NW PA for the purpose of offering four WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) groups. WRAP is a self- monitoring wellness tool that helps you manage your symptoms and stay well. WRAP helps you get well when things go downhill. WRAP covers such things as Wellness Tools, Triggers, Early Warning sign and Action Plans to work with symptoms.
 
Winning T-shirt Now Available
The winning design from the T-shirt Design Contest organized by Ken Zacherl has been selected. You or your organization should consider placing orders for this 2005 Edition now.
  • Attractive Design
  • Functional Style
  • Reasonable Price
  • Support the Home Team
 
World Aids Day Celebration Scheduled
This years World AIDS Day Memorial Celebration was held Dec 4, 2014.