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Warming Center at MHA IconWarming Center
at MHA

Scheduled Opening
Of Warming Center:

Date and Sponsor

Sun, Jan 19, 2020
Erie Community Foundation

The Warming Center opens from 11 PM to 7:30 AM when temperatures are 20° or below. Men, women, and families who are homeless, or otherwise unable to have shelter through the night, can come in from the cold to get warm, have something to eat, talk to someone, watch a movie and above all, be safe.

 ~Information Page

MHA IconWinter Clothing and Supplies Needed

Oct 7 2019 Erie, PA

As we brace for even colder temperatures and, inevitably, winter, we are in need of:

  • Men's Clothing:
    • Pants
    • Shirts
    • Underwear
    • Hoodies/Sweatshirts
    • Warm socks
  • Women's Clothing:
    • Warm socks
    • Underwear
    • Pants
    • Bras
  • Personal Hygiene items:
    • Men and Women's Razors
    • Shave Cream
    • Deodorant
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes
    • Pads
    • Tampons
    • Baby Powder
    • Foot Powder
    • Tissues
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Lotion
    • Body Wash/Soap
    • Lip Balm, etc.

While we prefer these to be trial size portions, we will accept any size donation.

  • Winter gear:
    • Coats (both genders)
    • Cold weather gloves
    • Hats
    • Boots
  • Gently used towels and blankets
  • Nonperishables:
    • Cans of soup
    • ramen noodles
    • hot tea/hot chocolate
    • coffee
    • crackers
    • light snacks (animal crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars)

Also, with increased interest in art projects, we are looking for canvas, acrylic paints, paint brushes, etc.

Erie Gives IconMHA raised $6,786 during the Erie Gives Day Campaign

Aug 15 2019 Erie, PA

Thanks to all who donated to the Warming Center at MHA on Erie Gives Day! MHA raised $6,786 during the Erie Gives Day Campaign. Every penny goes to support the Warming Center and helps to provide food and shelter on cold winter nights for all who are in need.

We are grateful to be part of such a Caring and Compassionate Community!

MHA IconMHA Needs Volunteers
For Various Opportunities

We are looking for dedicated and ambitious volunteers to help at MHA. Opportunities range from general cleaning to assisting with the intake and laundering of donated items. If you are interested in how you can help at MHA, please visit our Get Connected link at: Get Connected

Also available is our download application at
Download App ~

Warming Center at MHA IconWarming Center Supporters Thanked

Jul 5 2019 Erie, PA

We express our gratitude for donations to the Warming Center at MHA for this past winter!

Complete Article ~

Warming Center at MHA IconAdditional Warming Center Supporters Thanked

Aug 13 2019 Erie, PA

We extend our gratitude to these additional donors to the Warming Center at MHA for this past winter!

Complete Article ~

Erie County Care Management IconRecovey: In Search of Self

Advocate Brian McLaughlin advises that you must actively engage in the work needed to bring about your own recovery and offers several ideas for a successful plan.

Recovery: In Search of Self ~

Community Care Behavioral Health, Erie County, Advisory Board Meeting Schedule

Jul 26 2019 Erie, PA

Let your voice be heard! Community Care Behavioral Health, a nonprofit managed care organization, announces the schedule for the upcoming behavioral health care services and programs advisory meetings.

Please note:

  • The Parent Family Advisory meeting is only for parents whose children live with them and are receiving services.
  • Registration for the Adult Member Advisory meeting in November will not open until 2 weeks before the meeting, so members will have to wait to RSVP for that meeting.

Advisory Meeting Schedules:

Adult Members Schedule ~

Family Members ~

Warming Center at MHA Icon2020 Calendar Sale
Support the Warming Center at MHA

Support our Warming Center with the purchase of 2020 calendars. For $10.00 each, these make great stocking stuffers or gifts for friends and family.

Please see, call or e-mail Tina for details. Ph: 814-452-4462 X 102, or email trichardi at

MHA 2020 Calendar Front

MHA 2020 Calendar Page

National Recovery Month IconMHA participated in Erie County’s 16th Annual Recovery Celebration

Sep 24 2019 Erie, PA

The Mental Health Association of NW PA participated in Erie County’s 16th Annual Recovery Celebration. The theme of this year’s celebration was "Join the Voices of Recovery: Together we are Stronger". The entire community came together to celebrate recovery and those who are at all stages of recovery. Erie City Mayor Joe Schember and Gary Lee from the County Executive's Office gave Proclamations declaring September 2019 as National Recovery Month in Erie. Over 200 people attended the event and participated in giveaways, a light lunch, and learning about Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol resources throughout our community.

The event also included speakers who spoke about their personal journey through recovery as well as the presentation of the annual Susan P. Esper Awards. MHA's own Hillary Palzcer received a Susan P. Esper Award for her dedication to her ongoing recovery and service to our community. Plus the MHA's Former Program/Volunteer Coordinator, Rita Wheeler, was awarded the Community Award for her countless years of selfless dedication to past Recovery Events.

Hillary Palzcer
MHA's Hillary Palzcer

Rita Wheeler Community Award ~

Erie County Proclamation ~

City of Erie Proclamation ~

Erie PrideFest held June 29

Jul 6 2019 Erie, PA

The Mental Health Association as well as other local agencies and vendors participated in the 27th Annual Erie PrideFest presented by Erie Insurance. The event started with a march from The Zone at 133 West 18th St and ended at Perry Square. For the first time, the event included vendors and agencies on both sides of Perry Square.

Attendies at Pridefest
Front: David Wooledge, Tine Richardi, Amber Earthman
Back: Hillary Palczer & Crystal Fehlman

Over 2,000 people were in attendance, making this the largest Pride celebration Erie has had. Mayor Joe Schember was in attendance, delivering a proclamation that June 29th be recognized as Pride Day in Erie.

Mayoral Procamation
Mayoral Procamation

For information on how to become involved with PrideFest and other local events for the LGTBQIA+ community, please visit:
NW PA Pride alliance at
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) at