Human Services Center Corporation

Rating: 4.92 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 519 Penn Avenue Turtle Creek PA 15145 USA

Mission:

The Human Services Center Corporation improves the quality of life for children, adults, and families in the Mon Valley area. It fulfills this mission in four ways:

Serving as a collaborative leader by promoting and supporting a network of providers within and outside the walls of its multi-purpose center.Serving as a bridge between human service organizations and those who develop policies and funding that impact the quality of life in the Mon Valley area.   Monitoring community needs and initiating innovative strategies to fill service gaps. Providing essential services to both community members and human service organizations.


Results: It would be impossible to list all of the HSCC’s results to date. In 2006 alone, the following honors were bestowed upon the HSCC’s programs, staff, and consumers. We have also listed some of our program accomplishments.  Citizens Bank/WPXI Champions in Action for the Youth Learning In a Fun Environment (Youth LIFE) After-School Program, January 2006  YouthWorks, Inc.’s Outstanding Youth Award is presented to one of the Emerging Leaders Program’s youth, June 2006  McKeesport Healthier Communities Partnership (State Health Improvement Partnership) honors its first SHIP-mate Hall of Fame awardee, Darlene Salih, Family Development Specialist, McKeesport Collaborative, June 2006  YouthWorks, Inc. Community Based Organization of Distinction Award for in-school youth for the Emerging Leaders Program, June 2006  Allegheny County Family Development Specialist Training certifies first group in the County, including Darlene Salih, Family Development Specialist, McKeesport Collaborative, September 2006  YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Social Service Staff Person, Diane George, Director, McKeesport Collaborative, October 2006  Nonprofit Congress, an initiative of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations selects Dave Coplan, Executive Director, as one of a handful of delegates from Pennsylvania to congress, October 2006  YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Service Organization of the Year, October 2006  Community Action Association of Pennsylvania Self Sufficiency Award bestowed upon one of the participants in the McKeesport Collaborative, October 2006  Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP 40 Under 40 Honoree, Alicia Andrews, Associate Director, November 2006 Some of the major highlights of the 2005-2006 Youth LIFE Program were: • 84% of all youth who participated in the tutorial services earned better grades in the grading period following completion of the program than in the grading period preceding enrollment in the program. • 100% of youth increased awareness of community needs through engaging in community service projects. • 85 of the youth who participated in social enrichment seminars and recreational activities enhanced their social skills and interactions with peers. Some of the major highlights of this summer’s KOOL program were: • 100% of the youth attended the KOOL Summer Program completed at least three community service projects. • FREE nutritious breakfasts and lunches were served daily through Allegheny County’s Summer Feeding Program. • Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh conducted a seminar where 81% of the children learned what it is like living with a visual impairment. • 20 students participated in weekly sessions with Earth Force and Conservation Consultants Inc. where they learned how to conserve energy and conducted multiple community awareness projects. • The Carnegie Science Center’s “Science In Your Neighborhood” Program afforded exciting science experiences to 85 children on a weekly basis. 2006 MVPC Outcomes and Achievements • 845 people were screened for osteoporosis at 26 of community sites conducted by MVPC member agencies and MVPC staff and volunteers who are trained to use the machine. • 737 people were screened for vision throughout the Mon Valley. • More than 80 people attended the “Home Sweet Home” Housing Conference for consumers and providers. • More than 70 people attended the Capacity Building Conference and the Legislative Reception that followed. • Over 36 people have been referred to the West Mifflin Wal-Mart Vision Center to receive a free eye exam and glasses. • More than 50 people whose insurance covered their exam and glasses were educated to access covered care. • Over 55 youth attended the ME Inc. Entrepreneurial seminar in February. • Over 130 people representing dozens of different agencies attended the Annual Breakfast Meeting on November 3, 2006. • Over 1,200 copies of the MVPC Membership Directory were distributed to a variety of agency staff and consumers in a month’s time period. • 2,000 youth will receive pocket sized help cards. • The Working Group on Employment and Training purchased an employer database of over 9,500 employers which is now available to member agencies. Already, several agencies have used the data. • At the 5th Annual Super Expo: • Hundreds of people gained access to a wide variety of services available in Southwestern Pennsylvania. 46 agencies occupied a total of 53 tables and distributed countless materials concerning health services, housing resources, employment and education opportunities, as well as general information about an assortment of other services. UPMC Braddock, Magee Womens Hospital, Wal Mart and the Mon Valley Providers Council provided free health screenings for many consumers at the 5th Annual Super Expo. • 69 people received vision screenings from Wal Mart and the MVPC’s Working Group on Health’s Vision Screening Project. • 28 people received Osteoporosis screenings from the MVPC’s Working Group on Health’s Osteoporosis Screening Project. • 66 people received blood pressure readings from UPMC Braddock. • 70 people received free cholesterol screenings from UPMC Braddock. • 40 people received body fat percentages from UPMC Braddock. • 80 people were screened by Agona Chiropractor with 23 people making follow-up appointments. • 12 individuals were interviewed and screened for drug and alcohol awareness. • 120 people received information from the Blind & Visual Rehabilitation Service. • 40 people received pulmonary function testing by UPMC Braddock. • 16 women received Breast Cancer screenings from Magee-Womens hospital. • 250 people received important health information from Magee-Womens Hospital. • Over 100 people received information and referrals from Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR. Each year, the Center works in cooperation with the Pantry Network to collect and distribute toys to thousands of children. The average gift for each child is worth approximately $30. In 2006, volunteer efforts represented well over 2,500 hours. The total value of all the donations was over $160,000. Thanks to the generous support of State Senator Sean Logan, countless individuals, businesses and families, as well as the volunteers, the holidays were just a little happier for 5,250 Mon Valley children.
Target demographics: The Human Services Center Corporation (HSCC) provides a continuum of services to many targeted low-income segments of the community. Each of the 10 tenant agencies also provides very specific services. The HSCC offers facility services to ensure proper operations of the Center physical plant, development to protect the Center as a crucial community investment and support for a cooperative environment (facility and grounds maintenance and improvements, and establishment of an emergency fund). Network/Coordination Services ensure cooperative and coordinated response to pressing and emerging community needs through the Center network and from the larger network of Mon Valley human services providers (coordination of the: Mon Valley Providers Council, Holiday Toy Program, and work with the Pantry Network of Eastern Suburbs). The HSCC is also the fiscal home of the McKeesport Collaborative. Community and Outreach Services assist families and individuals to access the widest range of human services through the Center (Urban League’s Rental Assistance Program, Turtle Creek Library, Flu Shots, Community Events, Family Movie Nights, Support Groups such as AA and Parents of Murdered Children, and 80+ others). The HSCC’s Youth Programs provide educational and fun activities for youth year-round. The Youth Learning In a Fun Environment (LIFE) Program provides after-school programming for students ages five to thirteen. Administered from 2:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., the program has a heavy academic focus, while also providing social, recreational and community service components. There are currently more than 90 local youth enrolled in the program. The Emerging Leaders Program is a workforce development endeavor for 35 older, in-school youth ages 14 to 18. The seven week KOOL (Kids Outgoing, Outdoing and Learning) Summer Program offers academic and social enrichment for 150 youth between the ages of five and thirteen. KidShape, a partnership with Highmark, builds healthy families through fun, interactive exercise and nutrition activities to help promote wellness and self-esteem. The Annual Children’s Safety Fair, which will be held in conjunction with the HSCC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, will be held on Friday, May 18th from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event provides hundreds of local children with health and safety information in a fun atmosphere. For more information on any of these programs, contact Leah Price at 412-829-7112. The Mon Valley Providers Council is is an alliance of human service and related organizations which are based in or have a substantial service presence in the Mon Valley. The MVPC serves as a formal network for information and resource exchange among human service providers in the Mon Valley. It involves its member organizations in Working Groups which address crucial issues in the Mon Valley in the areas of Employment and Training, Health, Housing, and Youth. The McKeesport Collaborative became a program of the Human Services Center in March of 2003. The Collaborative provides coordinated services for women and their children at-risk of substance abuse. Intensive case management services, housing, supportive services, and programs for youth are cornerstones of service.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000
Geographic areas served: 37 Communities in the Mon Valley Region of Allegheny County (near Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs: The Youth Learning In a Fun EnvironmentAfter-School Program (Youth LIFE) provides 300 youth ages five to 13 daily with a comprehensive after-school program. Youth LIFE focuses on five key areas: academic, social, and cultural enrichment, community service, and recreation.

The Kids Outgoing, Outdoing, and Learning Summer Program (KOOL) currently serves 195 youth ages five to 13 in the summer for eight hours each day, including breakfast and lunch with a cultural field trip weekly. KOOL focuses on five key areas: academic, social, and cultural enrichment, community service, and recreation.

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a workforce development initiative which currently serves 40-45 in-school youth ages 14 to 18. Ultimately post-graduation, youth will: 1) enter post-secondary training; 2) enter the military, or; 3) gain meaningful employment.

All HSCC Youth Programs are FREE.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The after school program is fantastic and one of many great services offered at the Westinghouse Valley Human Services Center.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing services to the most needy in our community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to offer more educational opportunities for adults

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the many children that benefitted from their programs

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, courteous and very professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become a national standard for human services

Ways to make it better...

I would have had more time to spend with the staff

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably trying to more money to offer additional services and hire additional staff

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope they get the 10 million

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2007-9-01

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The Human Services Center Corporation is one of the premiere human services organizations in the county and possibly the state. The staff is well organized, professional, kind, and genuinely concerned with increasing the well being of the consumers they serve in the 37 communities that compose the Mon Valley. Working with Dave Coplan is a great honor for me in that he is a highly knowledgeable, passionate, and phenomenal teacher. As a student intern, I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by a talented staff who works as a team at all times. I learn much on a daily basis in that my job as a program associate is very hands on. I get to see the effects of our programs and policies on a daily basis, and can say that they do make a difference in the Mon Valley.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The communities that compose the Mon Valley and with partner agencies.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing differently, Dave knows what to do and he does it well.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The incredible learning experience which will prepare me for my career goals. I have also thoroughly enjoyed learning from Dave Coplan

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely friendly, warm, and welcoming. The staff is well trained, highly knowledgeable, and truly care about the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Further expand it's programs, services, building space, and staff. Further expansion means more people are helped in more ways.

Ways to make it better...

There is nothing negative about working with this wonderful organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The constantly changing political climate, but the staff is well equipped to deal with the changes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Human Services Center is a fine model of how a non-profit agency should work.

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2007-10-01

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It has been a pleasure to work with the MVPC Executive Director, Dave Coplan, over the last several years. We have been printing The Communicator from our presses at The Daily News in McKeesport, PA for several years now and I have dealt with Mr. Coplan personally. Dave and his staff are very good at what they do. Never have I had any issues about procedure in which we receive their copy (which is pre-written by his staff), or payment for the print production. His news copy is always provided to us in a timely manner in which we have plenty of time to print the product. Dave is very friendly and professional at the same time. My compliments to Dave Coplan and his staff for this unique cooperation. I look forward to the continued partnership we have servicing the MVPC and The Communicator. Mark Russell Graphic Arts Department & Pre-Press Foreman The Daily News (Part of the Trib Total Media Group)

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

tremendous and very knowledgable

Ways to make it better...

NO POSSIBLE WAY TO MAKE MY EXPERIENCE ANY BETTER. THANKS!

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It was a great pleasure to work with HSCC on health assessment and site survey automation project. They are good people - trustworhty, cooperative, dedicated and passionate about what they are doing. They are looking for new ways to improve their services, and that is how I got chances to work with them. For me, I learned a lot from them and actually feel very happy as I also did contribution to help the communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

improving the health status within the communities, as well as gathering information to improve their own services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do what Dave has done.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are good people - trustworhty, cooperative, dedicated and passionate about what they are doing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and willing to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

definitely become the most influencial npo in the nation, and help much more people.

Ways to make it better...

they can have more staffs - generally they are too busy.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how to expand their influence to wider areas.

One thing I'd also say is that...

HSCC rocks!

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I have been working with the HSCC staff as a member of the McKeesport Collaborative for several years. I've kept close ties with this group because of their passion and dedication to providing good services to the women and their families of our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing great service to women and their families while also offering great community actitivities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive energy and willingness to go that extra step!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand services throughout the Mon Valley.

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I had the pleasure of working with HSCC, their affiliates and their staff as a part of Jackson/Clark Partners' work on the GPNP 2007 pilot Voter Engagement Initiative, Everybody VOTE. Dave and the staff jumped ALL OVER this work, supplying some of our best practice programs and strongest support for the initiative. Their Voter Event Breakfast is a winner - I'd strongly recommend folks check it out on Wednesday, November 7 for an idea on a great way to encourage voter participation with your clients and members.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the real improvements in the community they serve.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their enthusiasm, vision and competence from Dave on through the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

head dude at the organization, a variety of staffpeople and a range of service recipients.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

let Dave give it away to some organization that he felt needs it more. But if they couldn't make use of it, he could make a hell of a positive difference in the Mon Valley, no doubt.

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I am a recently elected board member, so naturally I am favorably impressed by HSCC. But my positive impressions of this organization date back many years. To me, HSCC has always been an exemplar for how a relatively small, grass roots organization can effectively utilize "big time" management and governance methods to achieve its goals ... building an endowment, strategically managing its portfolio of programs and finanances, serving as an advocate for its clients and the nonprofit sector as a whole, engaging the community in its mission, and securing the confidence of major funders. It is impressive. Kevin Kearns

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing a first-rate facility to house nonprofit service providers in the Mon Valley and working with those providers to coordinate services

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HSCC has never lost sight of its focus: how to best leverage its resources to meet the needs of the people it serves. It is an extraordinarily well-run organization that I am proud to serve as a board member.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the people who are served by the agencies co-located in the building

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Excellence. We use this word all of the time but few really embrace the essence of excellence. I believe that the HSCC really embodies excellence in service. I have known Dave Coplan for many years and more recently gotten to know Alicia Andrews. I consider it an honor and a pleasure to work with both of these partners. I believe they look critically at social problems and service provision and strive to achieve excellent programming and community engagement.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how the yearly housing forums have helped our clients access and maintain housing and our case managers learn more about resources in the field

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would never presume that I could replace the talented Dave Coplan

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the people at the HSCC

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuine

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be an even larger partner in the redevelopment of the Mon Valley

Ways to make it better...

The service could be expanded beyond the Mon Valley

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding is always a challenge

One thing I'd also say is that...

It's a pleasure working with this organization

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I am a board director for the Human Services Center (HSCC). I am proud to be associated with all of the talented and committed board directors, volunteers, interns, and staff. When I began my career at Auberle in 1989, the HSCC was one of the first places I went to gather information on the community and innovative ways to positively impact it. Nothing has changed since then - as the HSCC is still a creative leader in the community!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the reports prepared fo the board meetings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do just as Dave is doing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with Dave the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very personable and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

impact even more kids and families!

Ways to make it better...

I could have done more to assist.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

changes in the political climate and the funding restrictions and cut backs in social ewelfare.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I alsways enjoy my time there.

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2007-10-01

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