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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28 people found this review helpful

I am a new intern at the Human Services Center. Although I don't have much experience in the field the staff at HSCC have made me feel welcome and confident in my abilities. From my short time here I am able to see that teamwork is an important asset that everyone shares. By working together the HSCC team is able to provide services, fill gaps, and effectively help their clients.

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

the successes of staff members and clients.

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

the many learning experiences it provides.

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

friendly, welcoming, and professional.

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

become bigger and better without losing its integrity.

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I first met Alicia while I was volunteering in the kitchen of the Senior Center. She was behind that smiling face, always hurrying about. She could be seen behind a paint brush or a computer. I didnt know at that time why she was always in a hurry. Then I became a part of their team as a Senior Aide. On my first day, Alicia said that I will be surprised at all that takes place in our buildings and boy was I ever. I had no Idea that all this help was provided here. we have help for the youth the young youth as well as the teens. We also help women and children who are dealing in some way with drugs and abusive. The people who need help in other ways also receive guidance if we can not directly help them. I am glad to be a small part of this large program.

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

Our Youth and various programs such as housing, health and employment.

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I could not run this program--too much responsibility at my age.

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

Helping people in some way

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

friendly - outgoing- helpful

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Help many more people

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It is a good experience- I am still learning

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financialIt is so good

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There is so much teamwork here!

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The Human Services Center has help throughout the years by keeping me out of trouble, and helping me prepare for my future. It also has provided a variety of activities for people to be involved in such as field trips, afterschool activities, and guest speakers. I am in a program at the center called ELP(Emerging Leaders Program). This program helps me learn more about math, reading, and all sorts of things that will help in the future of my life. This is the reason in my opinion I think HSCC is a great place.

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

Have been very kind and understanding. they are here for us when we need them and they really care about the students.

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The Human Services Center is a great place to learn new things and have a good exprience here. I am currently and Counselor in Training for the after-school program helping children with homework and doing activities with them and in Emerging Leaders Program where I learn about careers and college. Overall, this is a great place to check out.

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Once I came here i was not sure that i was going to like it but then things turned around for the better.The Human Services Corporation has been a life changing experince for me for alot of different reasons. It has help me be better prepared for applying for a job anywhere, and the appropriate way to do so. I have larned alot here and I know it will help me in the long run. It feels easier to apply for a job and be interviewed by anyone who might interview me. This place has made me grow, and thats a great thing for a nonprofit orgnization to have such a outstanding quality.

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

many amazing ways

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

the amazing people i work with

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very nice and understaing

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i could help out more

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My first professional work experience was an internship with the Human Services Center Corporation. Perhaps the most valuable lesson learned is the importance of the planning process. Thinking through goals and objectives to solve problems and reach goals, then developing leadership skills to implement the plan, are useful tools no matter where life takes you. The Human Services Center is a unique organization that serves many people successfully due to excellent administrative leadership. I’m grateful for my experience there.

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successful program implementation, and foundation support.

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I recently joined the Human Services Center as an AmeriCorps Health Corps volunteer. With little prior experience in this field, I was immediately welcomed by the entire team. In the short time I have worked with this organization, I've been able to benefit from countless opportunities for professional and personal growth.

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

the explicit mission and focus of serving our families to the best of our abilities.

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I have been an intern with the Human Services Center since May of this year. It has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential in expanding my knowledge of social services.

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all of the programs that are ran by the human services center.It was a pleasure to work as an intern with staff members that are truly dedicated to meeting the needs of the consumers.

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

the great deal of professionalism and effectiveness that takes place everyday. I had the oppurtunity to observe and become a part of the staff interaction. They are great team of people that are doing great things!

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My experience has been great!

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I have been interning at the HSCC since June of this year. The past 5 months have been very fulfilling and educational as well. I feel very blessed to have found such a wonderful organization to be a part of. The staff is friendly, extremely hard-working, and supportive of one another. It has been an experience I will not soon forget.

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the difference in attitudes from the children. They have become more positive in both academic and social areas. It is great to watch them grow and improve.

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not change a thing.

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learning from the staff and watching their endless efforts to improve their communities, as well as neighboring communities.

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

phenomenal. Everyone is so dedicated and hard-working, yet they are very fun and friendly as well. They are all just wonderful people who are willing to help anyone who needs it, and I admire all of them very much.

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save the World.

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Impossible, my experience was fantastic.

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

the big move...It has been a challenge because there is still work to be done, but the new building across the street isn't going to get itself ready so it's a lot to juggle. But somehow they make it look easy.

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I feel very blessed to have found such a wonderful organization to work with. My internship has been the experience of a lifetime and I am very thankful for the opportunity the HSCC has given me.

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I have worked with the HSC in a variety of capacities for the last nine years. They are an incredible organization, which works to serve both the needs of the non-profit member agencies, as well as the needs of the community. The Executive Director takes great pains to teach his bevy of interns the skills they need to operate in the non-profit world, as well as promoting leadership in the next generation. He is free with his advice and is willing to go the extra mile (and show a little leg) in order to raise funds, awareness or create new programming. The staff are extremely dedicated to serving the needs of the member agencies and the community, and that shows in their dedication and long hours.

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

Several hundred people receiving information about how to purchase their first home, predatory lending, insurance, tenants rights and credit counseling at the Home Sweet Home conferences. Member agencies learning about resources for their clients. Children having a safe and affordable place to go after school and during the summer months. The food pantry, planned parenthood, WIC, Children's Hospital and TCVMH/MR all under one roof in a "one stop shop". Membership feeling true ownership of the committees and initiatives. Interns who have gone on to work in the non-profit arena with great skills that they learned here. An incredible staff who work hard to get the job done, but still seem to enjoy the work they are doing. This non-profit is one of the few that provides the services of a non-profit, while operating with a clear business sense. They truly demonstrate that while it is important to have heart, it is equally important to set and follow rigorous standards.

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

probably call Dave for advice every day.

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

Dave, Alicia, Leah, Lauren, Lynn. Truly a wonderful group of dedicated individuals. Being involved in making the Mon Valley a better place to live and work.

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

See above; they are incredible!

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

Truly change the face of the Mon Valley. It could continue to provide connections between member agencies, while having the funds necessary to plan, form and impliment new programs.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of any way it could have been better.

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

Participant apathy. It is hard to work for months to plan an event that meets an obvious need in the community, only to have a poor turnout.

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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.

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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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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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2007-9-01

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