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Boots on GroundWhamm'n & Jamm'n
4 Our Veterans

This Boots on Ground event is hosted by the Oasis Pub in support of our veterans services program. Sunday, May 21st from 1:00 to 6:00PM, listen to music by several local bands with a open jam session to follow. Location: 3122 W Lake Road, Erie, PA. Phone: 814.833.1212.

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Boots on GroundGolf Event Supports
Boots on Ground

Support our Boots on Ground veterans services program by participating in the Golf Event scheduled for Jun 24, 2017 at the Mound Grove Golf Course in Waterford, PA. Registration time is 8:30AM.

Additional activities available will be a dinner at 4:00PM and helicopter rides at 6:00PM.

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Pennsylvania SenateMHA Talks Affordable Housing With State Sen. Dan Laughlin

Sen. Dan Laughlin hosted a meeting at his office March 31, 2017 with MHA CEO, Bill Grove, Community Engagement Coordinator, Diana Ames, and Roy Remone, Compeer/Compeer Corps Coordinator for veterans from MHA in Butler. We had requested the meeting to talk about safe affordable housing options for low/very low income persons. Many of MHA’s members are in this income category and are living in spaces that are very poorly maintained, or are homeless. Sen. Laughlin was very receptive to this issue and expressed his own specific concern about the many persons released from prison environments who also struggle with housing issues due to the barriers to housing prompted by their history of incarceration. The discussion was highlighted by our interest in the tiny house phenomenon and its potential as a source for lease and home ownership for any of the low income populations represented at the table.

Senator Laughlin provided direction for immediate actions that we could undertake and suggested that he may be convening a forum for further discussions around the issue of safe affordable housing in Erie. We thank Sen. Laughlin for his attention to this matter and look forward to a continuing dialog and action on the issue.

I am the Evidence iconITE Award Ceremony set for Wed. May 17

The ITE Award Ceremony and Reception will be held Wed. May 17that the MHA. All nominees are invited to attend whether they are receiving the award or not. Members, staff and friends of the MHA are encouraged to attend and support our award recipient. Nominees not receiving an award will be recognized with a certificate suitable for framing. Nominators for award recipients will also be requested to attend.

We recognize that mental health recovery is not just possible; it is probable.

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Erie United Methodist AllianceErie United Methodist Alliance Volunteer Nurses Provide Health Screening For MHA Members

For the past year Erie United Methodist Alliance volunteer Healthcare for the Homeless nurses have been coming to MHA monthly offering free health screenings to Recovery Center members. This preventative measure is helping those members who do not have regular medical attention, the opportunity to get a basic screening to determine if there are any medical conditions for which they should seek treatment. The EUMA nurses can direct members to sources for medical care when necessary. We greatly appreciate having the EUMA nurses on the premises to help our members pursue their physical health as well as their mental health.

Sterling TechnologiesSummer Is Coming And You Need A Water Barrel

Thanks to Sterling Technologies in Lake City, MHA again has 8 water barrels donated for us to use to raise funds for the Warming Center at MHA. These barrels are fully functional but just aren’t quite the right color to be sent to retailers so we (and you) can reap the benefits.

fashionably designed water barrelWater Barrel

We are offering these fashionably designed water barrels with a garden top for $75 on a first come, first served basis. So, be ready for summer and save yourself a higher water bill with a beautiful water barrel. Then, when you are watering your garden or lawn, think about how the purchase of that water barrel is helping make sure anyone without shelter on Erie’s coldest nights can have a safe, comfortable and respectful refuge from the elements.

Anyone interested in purchasing a water barrel can contact Bill Grove at 452-4462 ext. 100

Second Chance Computers Desperate For Used Laptops In Working Order

The Second Chance Computer project at MHA, a program that connects used, working laptop computers to mental health consumers who have completed a basic computer skills training, has been out of laptops for months. Until we replenish our laptop supply, over 50 eligible persons will remain on an ever growing waiting list and remain computer illiterate.

Graduates of Second Chance Computers have found their lives transformed by gaining computer skills and access. They have been able to establish social networks, connect with recovery resources, and find jobs in the community because they can grab their laptop and get to a wi-fi site where they can now communicate effectively.

We need your help. We certainly need donations of individual, good working laptops that are no longer in use. But, we also know there are closets and storage rooms throughout the community where stockpiles of laptops that have outlived their usefulness for businesses and companies languish. MHA can use those laptops. If you work for a company that has such a cache of laptops or know of a company we might contact, please contact us. Call LuAnn at 452-4462 x126. Being unable to use a computer in the 21st century is a huge barrier in anyone’s future.

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.

Erie County Care Management Homeless Case Management
814.528.0600

Best to call early in the morning or late afternoon or most likely you will need to leave a message and number for them to call back. They can meet with you at their office or somewhere in the community. Homeless Case Management can be a good resource way to help someone with a mental health need find a place to live. Homeless case managers have expertise and resources others may not have. The case managers are in the emergency shelters almost every day.

United Methodist Alliance Project Hope
814.456.5670

Project Hope has very active outreach workers. They can meet with you in the community. Project Hope workers often can meet with people in the evenings as well as the daytime. Project Hope has resources others may not.

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.

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Highmark Walk for a Health CommunityRegister Now
for the 2017 Walk

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 3,2017 at Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA.

Register for Walk for a Healthy Community

IrisWarming Center At MHA Season At An End (We Think)

While we can never totally rule out snow in May, we believe with some confidence that we can say the Warming Center at MHA is closed until next Fall when overnight temperatures again reach the 25 degrees or below threshold or sustained wind chills plummet to 20 degrees or below. Erie was fortunate that this past winter was on the mild side. The Warming Center at MHA opened a total of 58 nights serving 339 unduplicated grateful guests. We are so thankful to the generosity of individuals, churches, and businesses for dollars, clothing, food, and hygiene items they gave us to keep the Warming Center open and meet the needs of our guests. Some of our donors have been with us every year since we opened in January of 2008. Others are joining with us for the first time this year. Whether you or the business/organization you represent are a long term or a recent donor, thank you, thank you, thank you! And please, help us again for the next season.

Have a great summer.

JodiWilsonAndSaraHarrisWellness Tool Boxes Help Consumers At Warren State Hospital

MHA, Warren State Hospital (WSH) External Advocate, Jodi Wilson, is pictured with Sara Lee Harris, WSH Certified Peer Specialist, at their exhibit table at Mental Health Awareness Day. WSH Administration requested they attend this event held at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg, PA, to share the Wellness Tool Boxes they and consumers at WSH have created to help consumers pursue and maintain wellness while on the various units at the state hospital. The boxes are full of written materials and activity ideas/materials that help consumers find creative ways to address stress and change. We congratulate and thank Sara Lee and Jodi for their innovation and successful introduction of this unique recovery oriented project at WSH.

Jodi Wilson and Sara Harris at Mental Health Awareness DayJodi Wilson & Sara Harris

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(Bipolar Disorder)
April Featured Articles

Ask the Doctor: Bipolar & Setting Personal Boundaries.
Establishing boundaries is a challenge for me. Maybe if I understood this better, I would be more successful at work and in my relationships.

Depression & Getting Motivated: When I Just Don’t Want To
Choosing activities based on gifts and passions can give you an edge over apathy and persisting lack of motivation.

Erie County Drug and Alcohol CoalitionRegister Now for 9th Annual Drug & Alcohol Conf

Conference goal is to facilitate communication and collaboration among social service agencies, educational institutions and law enforcement in Northwest Pennsylvania.

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Shop Amazon Smile And Support Boots On Ground

Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can support Boots On Ground (BOG), the new MHA program supporting our veterans and families coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, .5% of the sale will be donated by Amazon to MHA for this veteran peer based program. Click on the Amazon Smile post above and happy shopping.

For more information on Boots On Ground, click on the BOG logo on the left side of this home page. Our veterans with invisible wounds need us so they can help each other.

Community Care, Erie County, Meeting Schedule

Community Care, a nonprofit managed care organization, announces the schedule for the upcomming advisory meetings.

Meetings for Community Care Adult Members:
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Meetings for Families of Members:
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