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Rev W Owen RhodesCelebration of Life
 

We remembered and celebrated the lives of 21 people on April 20, 2017 at the Mental Health Association. The Scripture passages and words of inspiration by Reverend Rhodes highlighted the theme of "LIFE" during this Easter season. Thank you to the volunteers who organized the space, proclaimed the Scriptures, prepared and served the refreshments. Thank you Reverend Rhodes and Gloria!

Participants’ comments:

  • "I enjoyed the service. The pastor was really good. He put his thoughts and feelings into his service."
  • "Gloria has a voice! I enjoyed her music."
  • "Wonderful"

I am the Evidence iconMHA Accepting Nominations For "I'm The Evidence" Awards

May is Mental Health Month and MHA is again planning to celebrate by awarding I'm The Evidence Awards to nominated consumers who exemplify mental health recovery. If you know a consumer who you believe is committed to the pursuit of mental health recovery and steadily making progress toward her/his recovery goals, please ask them if they would consider being nominated for this annual award. If they say "yes" (and we hope they will), complete the nomination form which is available either on this website or at MHA, and the required narrative and get them to Bill at MHA by May 1st.

The Award Ceremony and Reception will be held Wed. May 17th. All nominees are invited to attend whether they are receiving the award or not. Nominees not receiving an award will be recognized with a certificate suitable for framing. Nominators for award recipients will also be requested to attend.

Please consider this opportunity for someone you know who is proving that mental health recovery is not just possible; it is probable.

Nomination Form ~

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.

Rita Wheeler Honored For 20 Years Of Service To MHA

At our regular staff meeting on February 27, 2017, Rita Wheeler was presented a commemorative clock by CEO Bill Grove. Rita has been a staff member of MHA for over 20 years, a fact worth celebrating. She has brought her skills, talents and dedication to bear in MHA's efforts to provide mental health consumer directed programming throughout her time at MHA. She has worn several hats over her years at MHA as a member of the original Consumer Family Satisfaction Team and later as Program/Volunteer Coordinator where she has mentored literally hundreds of volunteers and interns with an individualized volunteer plan tailored to their comfort and talents. Known for her organizational skills, Rita is the "go to" person whenever we need to know where to find anything at MHA. She is also frequently consulted on a variety of matters pertinent to the effective operation of the organization.

Congratulations and thanks Rita for 20 years of remarkable service to MHA.

Rita Wheeler with Bill GroveRita Wheeler 21 year award

Eve, We Will Miss You

On January 4, 2017 MHA lost a friend and colleague. Eve Shreve was a Certified Peer Specialist in our Peer Support Program. She was friendly, funny and compassionate. She was a professional who made good use of her talents and life story to connect with peers and provide them with support and encouragement. We were fortunate to have her with us, even for a short time. Eve is missed by family and friends and by all of us at MHA whose privilege it was to have gotten to know her. God's speed Eve. Jan. 19, 1964 - Jan. 4, 2017

Eve ShreveEve Shreve

It's Winter And The Warming Center At Mha Needs Donations

Winter is finally here and the temperatures are dropping overnight. We've held our first Warming Center at MHA night and we are looking for your support as we head deeper into the winter months. Here are our most urgent needs:

  • $$$ funding $$$ (We need to start collecting $40,000 to meet this year’s needs and be prepared for the 2017-18 winter)
  • Blankets (we are down to our last few)
  • Tea and Hot Chocolate for our guests
  • Large and extra large shirts and pants for the clothing bank

Check out our Warming Center Wish List for other items we need to be sure we are serving our guests well and providing them with the resources to survive the winter months.

Erie has been very generous to the Warming Center at MHA during the past 8 years as we open our doors from 11 at night until 7:30 in the morning when temperatures are forecast to be 25° or below. Please help us again this year to ensure no one is left out in the cold on our most bitter nights.

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

Logo for BP Magazine"bp Magazine"
(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.

Save the Date ~

Registration ~

Conference Brochure ~

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:
Adult Members Meetings ~

Meetings for Families of Members:
Family Meetings ~

Western Region CSP
Schedule for 2016

The Community Support Program (CSP) of Pennsylvania is a coalition of mental health consumers, family members and professionals working to help adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders live successfully in the community.

Meeting Information ~

MHANP routinely attends these meetings and all members are encouraged to participate. The exact time and date is listed monthly in our Schedule of Activities.

Schedule of Activities ~

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