Erie County Resources

  • Life Skills Training

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    Booker T. Washington Center

    Booker T. Washington Center offers a program for teens and adults to help them improve their job prospects. The program includes resume writing and revising, practice interviews, understanding types of training necessary for certain jobs, job search tips, and some skills development for specific entry level career paths.

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    Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit (IU5)

    Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit IU5 is a regional education service agency that provides free adult education classes. The classes offer instruction in basic adult education (including reading and math skills), GED exam preparation, and reading and writing for individuals whose first language is not English. The classes may also provide assistance with job interviewing skills and computer skills. Please note that classes are offered in multiple locations.

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    252 Waterford St.
    Edinboro, PA 16412
    (800) 677-5610 ext. 7095 info@iu5.org

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  • Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

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    Booker T. Washington Center

    Booker T. Washington Center offers a program for teens and adults to help them improve their job prospects. The program includes resume writing and revising, practice interviews, understanding types of training necessary for certain jobs, job search tips, and some skills development for specific entry level career paths.

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    CareerLink

    PA CareerLink is a free, one-stop shop with highly trained staff ready to assist you with your job search, whether you're looking for your first job or to advance your career. Their services include: resume workshops, career counseling, job search assistance, interview skills training, skills assessment, job fairs, computer training, free access to a computer lab, and career exploration. Please visit the website to find your local office.

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    Cover Letter Template

    The attached resource is provided to assist in creating a cover letter to gain employment.

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    Greater Erie Community Action Committee

    The Great Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC) offers an Adult Education program to assist individuals to improve their reading and math abilities and also prepare for the GED. GECAC also offers a Work Ready Program that prepares individuals for employment.

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    440 West 18th St
    Erie, PA 16502
    (814) 451-5618

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation.

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    Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit (IU5)

    Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit IU5 is a regional education service agency that provides free adult education classes. The classes offer instruction in basic adult education (including reading and math skills), GED exam preparation, and reading and writing for individuals whose first language is not English. The classes may also provide assistance with job interviewing skills and computer skills. Please note that classes are offered in multiple locations.

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    252 Waterford St.
    Edinboro, PA 16412
    (800) 677-5610 ext. 7095 info@iu5.org

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation.

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    Resume Template

    The attached resource is provided to assist in creating a resume to gain employment.

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  • Government Assistance/Public Benefits

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    COMPASS

    COMPASS is an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for health and human services programs. The application includes Health Care benefits such as Medical Assistance, CHIP, and Medicaid for Former Foster Care Youth. The application also includes Home and Community Based Services Referrals such as Early Intervention Services, Intellectual Disability Services, and Autism Services. Additionally, COMPASS includes Home and Community Based Living Services, Cash Assistance, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), SNAP (food stamps), and other benefits.

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    (800) 451-5886

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    Erie County Assistance Office

    The Erie County Assistance Office provides individuals and their families with a assistance and a range of services. Trained staff at the office can help individuals apply for and renew benefits for cash assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), help with health care coverage, home heating assistance (LIHEAP), school meals, SelectPlan for Women, and long-term living services.

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    PA Law Project

    The PA Health Law Project works to ensure everyone has access to health care. Outside of advocating for the right to health care, the Law Project provides free legal services to any low-income resident of Pennsylvania having difficulty accessing publicly funded health care, whose health care has been terminated or reduced, or who have been denied Medicare (or similar health care programming). Additionally, the Law Project helps eligible residents apply for Medicare, responds to issues of denial of service (i.e. for prescriptions), and anyone struggling with their health care costs. The only requirement is income related, otherwise, the program is nondiscriminatory - there is a helpline which can be utilized for base information by anyone, regardless of income. If you're in need of assistance, or have a question take advantage of the helpline by dialing: 1-800-274-3258

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  • Housing

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    Community Shelter Services

    Community Shelter Services offer an emergency shelter for individuals and families with children. The shelter staff assists in referring individuals for entitlement benefits and assists those who are physically and emotionally capable to seek employment. In addition to providing housing, Community Shelter Services provide group counseling and education and training to promote self-sufficiency.

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    655 West 16th Street
    Erie, PA 16502
    (814) 455 4369

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation. 

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    Gaudenzia

    Gaudenzia operates a number of drug and alcohol treatment programs for men and women throughout Pennsylvania. Gaudenzia offers: adult residential services, outpatient services, mental health residential services, prison services- which are specialized services for individuals involved in the criminal justice system- and transitional and permanent housing services.

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    414 West 5th Street
    Erie, Pennsylvania 16507
    (814) 459-4775

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS): Homeless Assistance Program

    Pennsylvania DHS's Homeless Assistance Program is a government program which assists individuals who are currently homeless or at risk of eviction. Services include case management, rental assistance, emergency shelter services, and more. Please visit the website to find your local office.

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    St. Martin Center

    The St. Martin Center is a social service organization that assists families and individuals with immediate need and long-term services. The immediate assistance includes: food through an in-house food pantry; vouchers for clothing items; assistance with rent, mortgage, and utilities; assistance with life-sustaining prescriptions; transportation assistance for out-of-town medical appointments; a bus token for employment purposes; and referrals to other St. Martin programs or to local agencies. Please note that some of the immediate services can only be utilized once a year. The long-term services include: credit and budget counseling and home buying counseling. The St. Martin Center also provides mens clothing for interviews and jobs of all professions on a referral basis.

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    1701 Parade St
    Erie, PA 16503
    (814) 452-6113

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  • Behavioral Health

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    Community Shelter Services

    Community Shelter Services offer an emergency shelter for individuals and families with children. The shelter staff assists in referring individuals for entitlement benefits and assists those who are physically and emotionally capable to seek employment. In addition to providing housing, Community Shelter Services provide group counseling and education and training to promote self-sufficiency.

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    655 West 16th Street
    Erie, PA 16502
    (814) 455 4369

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation. 

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    Gaudenzia

    Gaudenzia operates a number of drug and alcohol treatment programs for men and women throughout Pennsylvania. Gaudenzia offers: adult residential services, outpatient services, mental health residential services, prison services- which are specialized services for individuals involved in the criminal justice system- and transitional and permanent housing services.

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    414 West 5th Street
    Erie, Pennsylvania 16507
    (814) 459-4775

     Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation.

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    Northwestern Human Services

    NHS offers a continuum of care in behavioral health (includes mental health and addictive diseases), integrating services in both community and site based settings. These services provide a wide range of recovery focused treatment, services, and supports, including: residential and housing options, site and clinic-based services, and community-based services. NHS operates throughout Pennsylvania, so please look online or call to find out which office is nearest to you.

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    Safe Harbor Behavioral Health

    Safe Harbor Behavioral Health provides outpatient treatment for adults who have substance use disorders, as well as who have any behavioral health needs, serious mental illness, or trauma and abuse history. Safe Harbor also provides blended case-management in order to support individuals with mental health needs coordinate community-based psychiatric, medical, and social services. Additionally, Safe Harbor provides individual counseling services.

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    1330 West 26th St
    Erie, PA 16508
    (814) 459-9300

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  • Food and Clothing

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    Community Shelter Services

    Community Shelter Services offer an emergency shelter for individuals and families with children. The shelter staff assists in referring individuals for entitlement benefits and assists those who are physically and emotionally capable to seek employment. In addition to providing housing, Community Shelter Services provide group counseling and education and training to promote self-sufficiency.

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    655 West 16th Street
    Erie, PA 16502
    (814) 455 4369

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation. 

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    Erie City Mission

    The Erie City Mission offers a monthly Women's Connection Ministry for women only, but the other programs offered by the Erie City Mission are for men, women, and children.

    Erie City Mission works to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those seeking assistance. The Women's Connection Ministry is a monthly outreach open to all women, seeking to foster friendship, support and spiritual growth that is offered the first Monday of the Month at 1017 French Street Erie, PA 16512 from 9:30AM-11:30AM. The mission serves a free public lunch to men, women, and children at two locations: The Mission Dining Room 1017 French Street (Monday-Sunday 11:00AM-12:30PM) and the San Juan United Methodist Church in Erie 1430 Buffalo Road Monday-Friday 11:00AM-1:00PM. The Mission also has a Family Care Center that serves as the Mission's free public food and clothing pantries; providing emergency groceries, personal care items, clothing and small household items to men, women, and children in need. A form of identification is needed in order to receive items from the pantries. There is no residency or income restrictions for guests needing the pantries. Guests of the food pantry are welcome weekly and guests of the clothing pantry are welcomed monthly. The Family Care Center is at 1230 French Street Erie, PA 16512 and the hours for the food pantry are Tuesday and Thursday (9AM-2PM) and for the clothing closet are Tuesday (12:30PM-2PM) and Thursday (9AM-10:30AM).

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    1017 French St.
    Erie, PA 16512
    814-452-4421

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    Feeding Pennsylvania

    Feeding Pennsylvania is a partnership among Feeding America food banks across the state. In order to find food banks in your area, please visit the website and use the food bank locator.

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    (717) 724-3194

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    St. Martin Center

    The St. Martin Center is a social service organization that assists families and individuals with immediate need and long-term services. The immediate assistance includes: food through an in-house food pantry; vouchers for clothing items; assistance with rent, mortgage, and utilities; assistance with life-sustaining prescriptions; transportation assistance for out-of-town medical appointments; a bus token for employment purposes; and referrals to other St. Martin programs or to local agencies. Please note that some of the immediate services can only be utilized once a year. The long-term services include: credit and budget counseling and home buying counseling. The St. Martin Center also provides mens clothing for interviews and jobs of all professions on a referral basis.

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    1701 Parade St
    Erie, PA 16503
    (814) 452-6113

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation.

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  • Education

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    Community Shelter Services

    Community Shelter Services offer an emergency shelter for individuals and families with children. The shelter staff assists in referring individuals for entitlement benefits and assists those who are physically and emotionally capable to seek employment. In addition to providing housing, Community Shelter Services provide group counseling and education and training to promote self-sufficiency.

    Click here for website

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    655 West 16th Street
    Erie, PA 16502
    (814) 455 4369

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation. 

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    Greater Erie Community Action Committee

    The Great Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC) offers an Adult Education program to assist individuals to improve their reading and math abilities and also prepare for the GED. GECAC also offers a Work Ready Program that prepares individuals for employment.

    Click here for website

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    440 West 18th St
    Erie, PA 16502
    (814) 451-5618

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation.

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    Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit (IU5)

    Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit IU5 is a regional education service agency that provides free adult education classes. The classes offer instruction in basic adult education (including reading and math skills), GED exam preparation, and reading and writing for individuals whose first language is not English. The classes may also provide assistance with job interviewing skills and computer skills. Please note that classes are offered in multiple locations.

    Click here for website

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    252 Waterford St.
    Edinboro, PA 16412
    (800) 677-5610 ext. 7095 info@iu5.org

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation.

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  • Voter Registration

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  • Transportation

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    Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA)

    Participants are required to obtain a Senior ID card from the EMTA and show proof of age in order to participate in the free transportation service.

    By showing a Senior Identification card, anyone in Erie County can ride any EMTA bus for free. An application can be mailed or filled out at any of the EMTA officers. To receive the ID card, proof of age is required, which can be satisfied by the following documents: valid driver's license; birth certificate; armed forces discharge or separation papers; passport or naturalization papers; PACE card' statement of age verification by the Social Security Office; baptismal certificate; PennDot non-drivers license; veteran's universal access card; and resident alien card. The application can also be found on EMTA's website.

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    127 E 14th Street
    Erie, PA 16503
    814-452-3515

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  • Senior Services

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    Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA)

    Participants are required to obtain a Senior ID card from the EMTA and show proof of age in order to participate in the free transportation service.

    By showing a Senior Identification card, anyone in Erie County can ride any EMTA bus for free. An application can be mailed or filled out at any of the EMTA officers. To receive the ID card, proof of age is required, which can be satisfied by the following documents: valid driver's license; birth certificate; armed forces discharge or separation papers; passport or naturalization papers; PACE card' statement of age verification by the Social Security Office; baptismal certificate; PennDot non-drivers license; veteran's universal access card; and resident alien card. The application can also be found on EMTA's website.

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    127 E 14th Street
    Erie, PA 16503
    814-452-3515

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    John F. Kennedy Senior Center

    Participants are required to be over the age of 60.

    The John F. Kennedy Senior Center provides community-based support for older individuals to live independently in their own home. Anyone 60 and over and their spouse (regardless of age) is eligible. Activities at the Senior Center include: cards, computers, walking club, volunteer opportunities, holiday parties, bingo, board games, fitness classes, health screens, day trips, bible study, and guest speakers. Home cooked lunch is prepared on site and served at 11:30AM Monday through Friday.

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    2021 E. 20th St.
    Erie, PA 16510
    (814) 898-0400

    Monday through Friday 9:00AM - 3:00PM

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  • Physical Health

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    PA Law Project

    The PA Health Law Project works to ensure everyone has access to health care. Outside of advocating for the right to health care, the Law Project provides free legal services to any low-income resident of Pennsylvania having difficulty accessing publicly funded health care, whose health care has been terminated or reduced, or who have been denied Medicare (or similar health care programming). Additionally, the Law Project helps eligible residents apply for Medicare, responds to issues of denial of service (i.e. for prescriptions), and anyone struggling with their health care costs. The only requirement is income related, otherwise, the program is nondiscriminatory - there is a helpline which can be utilized for base information by anyone, regardless of income. If you're in need of assistance, or have a question take advantage of the helpline by dialing: 1-800-274-3258

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    St. Paul's Neighborhood Free Clinic

    St. Paul's Neighborhood Free Clinic provides primary health and dental care. St. Paul’s Neighborhood Free Clinic is not a walk-in or emergency clinic, patients are seen by appointment only, and dental appointments are scheduled upon referral from the medical doctor. Contact the clinic to determine your eligibility for clinic services. It is important to have your financial information (past year plus current year) when you call.

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    1608 Walnut St
    Erie, PA 16502
    (814) 454-8755

    Clinic Hours: Monday-Friday; 9:00am-4:00pm. Dental Office Hours: Wednesday & Friday; 9:00am-4:00pm

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  • Identification Documents

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    PennDOT Locations Info Center

    If you are looking to obtain a state-issued photo ID, you can use the attached PDF to find the nearest PennDOT location, its hours of operation, and what materials are required in order to obtain photo ID. Please refer to the attached document for more information on how to search PennDOT’s website.

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  • Case Management

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS): Homeless Assistance Program

    Pennsylvania DHS's Homeless Assistance Program is a government program which assists individuals who are currently homeless or at risk of eviction. Services include case management, rental assistance, emergency shelter services, and more. Please visit the website to find your local office.

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    Safe Harbor Behavioral Health

    Safe Harbor Behavioral Health provides outpatient treatment for adults who have substance use disorders, as well as who have any behavioral health needs, serious mental illness, or trauma and abuse history. Safe Harbor also provides blended case-management in order to support individuals with mental health needs coordinate community-based psychiatric, medical, and social services. Additionally, Safe Harbor provides individual counseling services.

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    1330 West 26th St
    Erie, PA 16508
    (814) 459-9300

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation.

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    St. Martin Center

    The St. Martin Center is a social service organization that assists families and individuals with immediate need and long-term services. The immediate assistance includes: food through an in-house food pantry; vouchers for clothing items; assistance with rent, mortgage, and utilities; assistance with life-sustaining prescriptions; transportation assistance for out-of-town medical appointments; a bus token for employment purposes; and referrals to other St. Martin programs or to local agencies. Please note that some of the immediate services can only be utilized once a year. The long-term services include: credit and budget counseling and home buying counseling. The St. Martin Center also provides mens clothing for interviews and jobs of all professions on a referral basis.

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    1701 Parade St
    Erie, PA 16503
    (814) 452-6113

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation.

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  • Faith-based

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    St. Martin Center

    The St. Martin Center is a social service organization that assists families and individuals with immediate need and long-term services. The immediate assistance includes: food through an in-house food pantry; vouchers for clothing items; assistance with rent, mortgage, and utilities; assistance with life-sustaining prescriptions; transportation assistance for out-of-town medical appointments; a bus token for employment purposes; and referrals to other St. Martin programs or to local agencies. Please note that some of the immediate services can only be utilized once a year. The long-term services include: credit and budget counseling and home buying counseling. The St. Martin Center also provides mens clothing for interviews and jobs of all professions on a referral basis.

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    1701 Parade St
    Erie, PA 16503
    (814) 452-6113

    Please call ahead to find out about hours of operation.

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