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LAUGHTER IN THE LIMELIGHT ACT II BRINGS IN OVER $4,000 FOR WARMING CENTER AT MHA

Apr 17 2018 Erie, PA</p>

It was another sold out event at Jr.'s Last Laugh Comedy Club on Wed. night March 21st as local television, radio personalities and elected officials graced the stage to show attendees how funny they can be. It proved to be an absolutely hilarious evening with the now infamous likes of Erie News Now Assignment Reporter John Last, Mayor Joe Schember, Jet 24/Fox 66 News Anchor Sean Lafferty, Erie Downtown Partnership Exec. John Buchna, Meteorologist Dan Rupp, Erie Western Port Authority Exec. Brenda Sandberg, Jet 24/Fox 66 Assignment Reporter Elena LaQuatra, and Lilly Broadcasting General Manager Pam Forsyth, and a bevy of other, now infamous personalities keeping us all in stitches. Harborcreek Township Supervisor and Voice of the Erie Otters Dean Pepicello served again as emcee of the show and was equally entertaining. As he did last year, John Groh organized all aspects of this annual event and made it a night to remember. He is truly a passionate supporter of programs for persons with mental health needs and their families. Proceeds from Laughter in the Limelight Act II went to the Warming Center at MHA and NAMI of Erie County, each of which received over $4,000.

We are so grateful to Mr. Groh, sponsors Jr.'s Last Laugh Comedy Club and Printing Concepts, all the local talent and the raffle basket donors who made the night so special. We also appreciate all those who attended this event. We know they had a good time and will be eager to make sure they get a ticket for next year's Laughter in the Limelight III. If you will be planning to attend next March, make sure you get your tickets early so you won't miss this opportunity to support valuable community programs while enjoying a delightful evening of fun and comedy.

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community 2018Register Now
for the 2018 Walk

Mar 9 2018 Erie, PA

Now is the time to register to participate with the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA in the Walk for a Healthy Community presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Beach 11, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA.

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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.

Spirituality and Mental Health Recovery Converence

Apr 17 2018 Erie, PA

"Connections", the 17th Annual Spirituality and Mental Health Recovery Conference is from 9:30AM to 4:00PM May 16, 2018. Lunch is included. Free to family menbers and mental health consumers.

Registration Info ~

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 has 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 flyer for additional information

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.

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February Featured Articles

Mar 15 2018 Erie, PA

Get Your Hopes Up
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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:
Adult Members Meetings ~

Meetings for Families of Members:
Family Meetings ~