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.
Oct 7 2019 Erie, PA
As we brace for even colder temperatures and, inevitably, winter, we are in need of:
While we prefer these to be trial size portions, we will accept any size donation.
Also, with increased interest in art projects, we are looking for canvas, acrylic paints, paint brushes, etc.
Jan 22 2020 Erie, PA
On January 14th, 2020, Michael Minskey, representing Americo Federal Credit Union, 2545 West 23rd Street in Erie, presented the Warming Center at MHA with a check in the amount of $885.00. Americo's generosity will support the mission of the MHA, and also continues Americo's philosophy of "People Helping People". With the support of donors like Americo, the MHA will be able to continue our mission of offering comfort and safety to anyone in need this winter.
Members of Americo FCU
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!
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
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Jul 5 2019 Erie, PA
We express our gratitude for donations to the Warming Center at MHA for this past winter!
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Aug 13 2019 Erie, PA
We extend our gratitude to these additional donors to the Warming Center at MHA for this past winter!
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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.
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.
Advisory Meeting Schedules:
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Mark the date: Feb 12 2020 at 7:00PM
Join us in a fun night out at the Erie Insurance Arena, with the Erie Otters, to help raise money and awareness to end the stigma surrounding Mental Health. Tickets @ $12.00 each until February 11th.
Please make ticket purchases at https://groupmatics.events/event/MHANP
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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 mhanp.org
Jan 23 2020 Erie, PA
There is a Chinese saying that states, "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody".
Part of our commitment to Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Recovery is providing service to others. We believe that supporting others through hope, support, and encouragement is one of the best ways to promote recovery. We have had the opportunity to help others in need in our community through our volunteer program.
As we know, the holidays can be difficult for many. A local family experienced difficulties when their house was destroyed by a fire on December 11, 2019. The house was a total loss. Our volunteers at MHA were able to help the family in need by sorting through clothing donations and finding items that would fit five children, ranging in age from 10 years to 10 months old. The volunteers were able to fill three large boxes with clothing that were given to the family on December 20, 2019.
We have also been able to be of service to a young woman who recently regained custody of her 8 year-old son. Our volunteers found items specific to the child’s needs, focusing on school clothes, shoes, and athletic wear.
Through helping others we help ourselves and learn the meaning of selflessness, compassion, and love. We don't all have money in our hands that we can share, but we do have the gift of time.
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.
MHA's Hillary Palzcer
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.
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.
For information on how to become involved with PrideFest and other local events for the LGTBQIA+ community, please visit:
NW PA Pride alliance at https://www.nwpapride.org/
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) at http://greatereriealliance.com/.