Oct 20 2017 Erie, PA
How about something on mental illness, homelessness, recovery presented by MHA staff and members who can talk about their lived experience related to these topics?
At first blush this may sound unusual but as we at MHA look at ways to confront stigma we find there is no better way than by those who have experienced these conditions telling their stories. When the stories are done, it is amazing the many eager questions that come from our audiences. There is so much people want to know and understand about these conditions that only mental health consumers can answer. By helping yourselves be better informed you help us in our quest to have an appreciation in our community for the valiant effort of our friends, neighbors and family members who are working to recover meaningful lives while having to accommodate a mental illness. I guarantee you will not be disappointed and that you will leave feeling enlightened and maybe even inspired.
Call Bill Grove or Diana Ames at 452-4462 for more information or to schedule a presentation.
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.
MHA is pleased to announce that on Thursday Sept. 21st, 3 more mental health consumers graduated from the Second Chance Computer Program. Graduates learned basic computer skills in the 30 hour course and were able to demonstrate proficiency in using computer technology. At a ceremony held at MHA, graduates received their certificates and took home the donated, used computer they trained on. Congratulations to all three consumers, Sandie Bayle, Janet Burkett and one who chooses to remain anonymous, and to their very able instructor, Jimmie Scott.
Sandi Bayle,Janet Burkett, Jimmie Scott
MHA will hold one more Second Chance Computer training for 3 persons in recovery from mental illness. At that point we will have exhausted our supply of good used laptops. So, please consider donating to MHA any laptops in good working order that have outlived their usefulness to you or your business. You will be making a huge difference in the lives of others for whom computer literacy (and a laptop) will open opportunities for a more meaningful future.
For more information on the Second Chance Computer Program, go to the website Home Page and click on Second Chance Computer in the left side directory or contact LuAnn Gossett at 814-452-4462 x126.
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.
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.
The over-flow shelter location rotates through the community. Call to find the location and times it is open or view this schedule.
Oct 25 2017 Erie, PA
Boots On Ground (BOG) is on the move in more ways than one. Having launched as an MHA program in 2016, BOG is now ready to develop its own identity and nonprofit status. A board has been appointed and the legal documentation submitted for BOG to go independent. BOG will remain under the MHA's organizational umbrella until it has its 501 (c)(3) status approval.
It has been a pleasure to be able to help this very important peer based service get off the ground and to now see it blossom into an independent nonprofit serving our military veterans and families coping with PTSD. MHA will continue to offer support, financial services and consultation to BOG as it grows and develops.
BOG is also moving from its offices in the Palace building to the Professional Building at 1611 Peach St., Suite 105. MHA is so very grateful for the space that Tom Kennedy and Altair provided BOG free for the first year and at a reduced rate for its second year. They have been a tremendous support in providing the initial home for BOG.
Oct 12 2017 Erie, PA
The AVON event is a fundraiser for the Warming Center at MHA. 30% of all sales will go directly to the Warming Center. Last year's event brought in over $300 which covered the costs of providing meals for a week during last winter at the Warming Center at MHA.
The AVON event will be on October 27th from 9am-3pm. Again, Stairways Behavioral Health will be hosting this event at 2185 West 8th Street. We are thankful for this partnership between AVON, MHA and Stairways.
We are anticipating a very bitter and snowy winter. So, every dollar helps many persons who need to get out of the overnight cold, have a light meal, get some rest and find fellowship with others in a safe and friendly place.
Please stop by and help out the Warming Center at MHA!
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Sep 29 2017 Erie, PA
The Mental Health Association, in conjunction with Gaudenzia SHOUT and other partnering agencies held a Recovery Celebration for the public on Tuesday, September 19th hosted by the Martin Luther King Center, 312 Chestnut St. Erie, PA.
192 people attended the free event. I am proud to say that five (5) individuals shared their personal recovery stories which emphasized the theme of "Join the Voices for Recovery, Strengthen Families and Communities". This year four (4) people received the Susan P. Esper Award.
Commitee members Rita Wheeler and Steve Simmelkjaer with award recipients Vickie Church and Andrew Davis shown below.
A Speaker/Recovery Dance was held at the Mental Health Association, 1101 Peach St., Erie, PA on Friday, September 22. The recovery pledge was signed by 66 people. Fun was had by all in a safe and secure environment.
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