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Warming Center at MHA IconWarming Center
at MHA

Scheduled Opening
Of Warming Center:

No Warming Center Hours now scheduled.

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.

Americo Credit Union IconAmerico Federal Credit Union

Supports The Warming Center at MHA

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.

Americo FCU Delivers Check to Warming Center at MHA
Members of Americo FCU

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 ~

MHA IconErie Otters vs. Barrie Colts Fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness

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

Event Flyer ~

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

MHA IconMHA Volunteers Aid Two Families In Time of Distress

Jan 23 2020 Erie, PA

Giving Back.
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.

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