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Fundraiser at Brew Brothers Presque Isle Downs

Jan 30 2018 Erie, PA

Come join the fun! A night out for you and a guest at Brew Brothers in the Presque Isle Downs Casino on February 19, 2018 from 7:30pm-9:30pm. One ticket will admit 2 persons which includes a buffet of hot appetizers, 2 drink tickets and $10 in free play in the Casino. All proceeds will benefit the Warming Center at MHA.

The Warming Center at MHA is open any winter night from 11pm to 7:30am when the temperature is forecasted to drop to 25 degrees or below. The Warming Center is open to men, women and families who are homeless or otherwise unable to have shelter through the night. Our guests come in from the cold to get warm, feel welcomed and listened to, get some rest, have something to eat, watch a movie, take a shower and above all, be safe.

It has been a bitter winter so far and there are many more nights that the Warming Center will be open this season. We are hoping to not break our record of 92 nights of the Warming Center but we may just do that this year. There have been around 350 guests who have found refuge at the Warming Center every winter season over the past few years.

We are thankful for all the support from the community over the years. We are especially in need of your support this winter.

If you are interested in joining in on the fun and helping out our guests at the Warming Center, please contact Pat Stucke at 452-4462 ext. 101 for more details about purchasing a ticket to this event!

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Wellness Connection Clinic Helping Homeless And Low Income Get Healthy

Dec 6 2017 Erie, PA

Starting in September of this year, the MHA second floor has been host to an innovative, collaborative outreach program to bring healthy resources to the homeless and underserved members of our community. Spearheaded by the volunteer faith community nurses from the Erie United Methodist Alliance, a group of representatives including MHA, Community Health Net, and nursing programs from Gannon University and Edinboro University gathered beginning in the Spring to begin formulating a plan to put together a health resource clinic at MHA. The idea was to provide a drop-in service embedded in a site where qualifying individuals attend regularly, that could do basic health and needs assessments and have resource representatives available to connect consumers to services. This is a one year experiment in which data on effectiveness will be gathered. If successful, the program will continue and could be replicated at other sites where homeless and undeserved members of the community frequent.

The "Wellness Connection" is held at MHA on Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm. MHA members and anyone in the area is welcome to come by either to learn about the clinic services or get help with a health related issue in a holistic approach. The clinic offers accessible, patient-centered and trauma-informed care with an emphasis on an integrated healthcare model. Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot has a mental health therapist and blended case manager attending the clinic providing initial assessments for services. There are homeless housing assessments and referrals available to those in need. There is no cost for any of these services. Edinboro University Social Work Program is also helping coordinate services and provide follow-up and outreach to persons accessing the clinic services.

Erie County OVR
Career Fair

Jan 30 2018 Erie, PA

This Career Fair is sponsored by Erie County Office of Vocational Rehab and will run from noon to 2:00PM on Mar 7, 2018 at the Ambassador Conference Center, 7794 Peach St, Erie, PA 16509.

For more information call Jennifer Divins at 814.651.9598

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Laughter in the Limelight; a comedic view of life

Nov 26 2017 Erie, PA

SAVE THE DATE

Join us in this entertaining fund-raising opportunity at Jr's Last Laugh Comedy Club.

Date: Mar 21, 2018
Time: 7 PM

The show features local news and government personalities and benefits both MHA and NAMI of Erie County.

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Community Care, Erie County, Meeting Schedule

Jan 2 2018 Erie, PA

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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Warming Center LogoWinter's Coming And Warming Center At MHA Needs $10,000 To Meet Its Goal For This Year

Sep 29 2017 Erie, PA

Many thanks go out to our donors who have contributed over $33,000 so far this year in support of the Warming Center at MHA. Even in tough economic times the Erie community has continued to be generous in its support of important programs that keep our less fortunate citizens safe. MHA still needs to raise $10,000 to reach our $45,000 annual goal. This goal amount represents the funding necessary to ensure we will be able to meet our commitment to be open from 11pm to 7:30am on Erie’s coldest winter nights through the longest and coldest of winter seasons. Please consider helping us meet this goal by sending a check made out to "MHANP - Warming Center".

You can make sure that no one is left out in the cold when overnight temperatures drop below 25ø or sustained wind chills reach 20ø or below.

NAMI Erie County Spring Programs

Feb 7 2018 Erie, PA

NAMI Erie County announces "Family-to-Family" education course for family members and "Peer-to-Peer" recovery program for individuals begin March 1st 2018 and March 7 2018 respectively.

In addition, two support groups continue to meet regularly:

  • Peer Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday from 6:00PM to 7:30PM
  • Family Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

View these flyers for additional information

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January Featured Articles

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3 More Persons in Recovery Graduate Second Chance Computer Program

Oct 3 2017 Erie, PA

MHA is pleased to announce that on Thursday Sept. 21st, 3 more mental health consumers graduated from the Second Chance Computer Program. Graduates learned basic computer skills in the 30 hour course and were able to demonstrate proficiency in using computer technology. At a ceremony held at MHA, graduates received their certificates and took home the donated, used computer they trained on. Congratulations to all three consumers, Sandie Bayle, Janet Burkett and one who chooses to remain anonymous, and to their very able instructor, Jimmie Scott.

Second Chance Computer Graduates

Sandi Bayle,Janet Burkett, Jimmie Scott

MHA will hold one more Second Chance Computer training for 3 persons in recovery from mental illness. At that point we will have exhausted our supply of good used laptops. So, please consider donating to MHA any laptops in good working order that have outlived their usefulness to you or your business. You will be making a huge difference in the lives of others for whom computer literacy (and a laptop) will open opportunities for a more meaningful future.

For more information on the Second Chance Computer Program, go to the website Home Page and click on Second Chance Computer in the left side directory or contact LuAnn Gossett at 814-452-4462 x126.

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.

Housing Resources for the Homeless

Are you experiencing homelessness?
Are you in need of housing resources?

Call 814-SHELTER during the hours of 8:30AM-5:00PM Monday through Friday OR visit Erie County Care Management (ECCM), 1601 Sassafras St, Erie, PA 16502.

Over-flow shelter information
814.459.5765

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