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Apr 16 2021 Erie, PA

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work for The Mental Health Association of NW PA? Now is your time to apply! Available jobs and their descriptions may be found here.Please fill out the employment application and email it to or mail it to 1101 Peach St., Erie, PA 16501.

MHA IconRental Assistance
Is Needed in Erie

July 6 2021 Erie, PA

(Note: This article first appeared in the Opinion section of the Erie Times-News on June 25, 2021.)

As a certified peer specialist serving dual diagnosed individuals with substance abuse and mental health difficulties, I help people who are working to rebuild their lives for the better under challenging circumstances. Many of my peers have low-income or are reliant on a very small amount of public benefits. They must choose between buying enough food for their household and paying for needed health care services.

Among other important actions our government should take, it is time our elected leaders take action to support rental assistance. Pandemic aside, people in Erie need help. Too many people in Erie don't have the money to buy food, pay rent or pay for the health care they need. Benefits from Social Security, disability and food stamps are not enough to cover these basic costs. We need Pennsylvania to create new emergency rental assistance using funds from the American Rescue Plan. Rental assistance should provide support for case management, administration costs and rent.

Before I got to where I am today, I experienced housing instability. I remember how hard it was to make rent payments. My family and I had to move frequently. We even became homeless at one point. It took a long time to get on the list for housing support because the backlog was very large. I know firsthand how important more funding for housing support programs would be. It would mean the difference between not knowing where one will stay on a given night to having a place to rest and call home. Elected officials in Harrisburg should support rental assistance without delay.

Theresa Abbey
MHA Peer Support Team Leader

Theresa Abbey
Theresa Abbey

MHA IconMHA Peers Speak About Grief and Depression

Apr 16 2021 Erie, PA

Certified Peer Specialists Katie Schaaf, Aubrey Hohman, Shirley Ruth French, Margaret Simms and Librarian Rachel Stevenson spoke about dealing with grief, depression, and their personal stories on how to cope and work through it. The Zoom call took place February 3, 2021, but the recording can be accessed here.

We thank the Blasco Memorial Library for the opportunity to share this with the Erie Community.

Country Fair IconCountry Fair Cares

Nov 9 2021 Erie, PA

The Country Fair Cares annual program to assist non-profits, raised $29,475 for each of 5 selected organizations: Erie Humane Society, Asbury Woods, Presque Isle Partnership, Autism Society of NWPA and Mental Health Association of NWPA. These funds were tracked through the Country Fair "Charity Pumps" between May 1, 2021 and Oct 31, 2021.

Country Fair employs over 1,300 of our friends and neighbors. It was named one of America's Best-in-State Employers in 2021 by Forbes.

Thank you Country Fair!

Erie Community Foundation IconErie Community Foundation Provides Grant

Sep 27 2021 Erie, PA

Thank you Erie Community Foundation for the Helping Today grant. MHA needed financial assistance to replace the handicap operators on three main doors.

Erie Gives IconResults are in:
Erie Gives Day 2021

Sep 3 2021 Erie, PA

The Mental Health Association participated in Erie Gives Day 2021. 52 people donated $6,028.27 in our support. We are grateful also for the $400 in matching funds resulting in a total of $6,428.27.

Proceeds from Erie Gives Day will benefit peers and members of the Mental Health Association on their recovery journey.

MHA IconMHA Consumer
Recovery Center Hours

Apr 16 2021 Erie, PA

We are excited to announce that we have increased the hours that the Center is open.
The Mental Health Consumer Recovery Center is now open at the following times:

  • Monday: 10-4
  • Tuesday: 10-4
  • Wednesday 11-4
  • Thursday 10-4
  • Friday: 10 -4
  • Sunday: 12-5

Additionally, members are now able to schedule to meet with their support staff from other agencies/programs on site. We have a dedicated space that is routinely cleaned and is set up to allow for social distancing. We would like to also remind everyone that MHA is still offering free packed lunches Monday-Friday, art activities, bingo, as well as holding other special events. Members may continue to utilize the shower and laundry room.

Members are required to wear a mask and be socially distanced in the Consumer Center and throughout the building.

Please call 814-452-4462 x144 with any additional questions.

MHA IconClothing and Item Donations
Remain On Hold

Apr 16 2021 Erie, PA

Please note we are still not accepting donations of any items, but we thank you for thinking of us during this time! Continue to check our Facebook page or call us at 814-452-4462 for updates regarding items needed when the time comes. If you are interested in purchasing items that benefit our peers and members, please consider purchasing items from our Amazon Wish List.

We encourage you to donate your clean and gently used clothing and houseware items to other local organizations including:

  • The Salvation Army—1209 Sassafras St.
  • EUMA's Rainbow Connection—1516 Buffalo Rd.
  • City Mission's Thrifty Shopper—2064 West 16th St.
  • Green Scene Thrift—1301 East Grandview Blvd.