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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Kathryn44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am part of the Mature Workers Program sponsored by the Urban league, presently working for the Human Service Center Corporation of Turtle Creek, Pa. I have been here 18 months. The compassion, empathy and commitment shown by the entire staff of HSCC towards their clients and potential clients is primary in their lives. They put in long hours. They listen to the clients concerns, needs, and everyday life problems. They explore every possibility to help clients. The programs and events they sponsor cover families and people from infancy through senior citizens. No one is left out. I feel honored to be able to work for HSCC and be a part of their mission. It is enriching my life and hopefully making me a better person.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I was very pleasantly surprised to see how many different services are available at the Human Services Center. From after school care to senior programs, the Human Services Center offers a wealth of resources and all with a smiling face!

1 GarrettCooper

Donor

Rating: 5

The Human Services Center Corporation (HSCC) provides life changing programs and services to individuals of all ages and backgrounds in the Mon Valley region, located just miles outside of the City of Pittsburgh. This area has been extremely hard hit since the collapse of the steel industry in Pittsburgh (i.e. the early '80s). The Human Services Center Corporation admirably advocates on behalf of these individuals and families to receive more resources, as well as administers programs and services to those who need it the most. As if that were not enough, what also separates this nonprofit from so many others is the high caliber of its employees, its leadership and board of directors. If you are looking for a case study on what a great nonprofit looks like take a trip to the Turtle Creek area just outside of Pittsburgh, and ask to speak with the organization's Executive Director, Dave Coplan. You will leave amazed at the results this nonprofit has achieved.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been in the Emerging Leaders Program for around 2 years. It is a very helpful program that I enjoy coming to. The Emerging Leaders Program gave me enough knowledge and help to optain my first job. The staff of the emerging leaders program are extremely kind, helpful, and thoughtful. Throughout the year w

25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I recently just joined the Emerging Leaders Program here at the Human Service Center Corporation. I am looking forward to being a part of this program so that I can better prepare myself for when I get out of high school. I am really looking forward to learning how to prepare for my future and any future jobs that I might get. My brother has been in the program for several years now and really likes it. It was because of him that I had decided to join. Everyone that I have met here has been really great to me and helpful. I am looking forward to being a part of the Emerging Leaders.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am currently a member of the emerging learders program (ELP), which is a great oppurtunity for me to find help with job experience and getting ready for my career outside of high school. I believe that the human services center has a positive effect on our community because they really care about all the people that they service. The Emerging Leaders Program has provided many opportunities for me to job shadow, go on different field trips to area colleges, and to listen to guest speakers from other organizations in the community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined the Emerging Leaders Program when I was in the ninth grade. It was everything that I had expected and then some. We have gone on a lot of field trips to different colleges and trade schools that were very informative and helpful. Also we have had alot of guest speakers from all over the community that have been very interesting. I have learned a ton of different things like how to write a resume, interviewing techniques and even ideas on how to run your own business. I wish I could have joined earlier. This experience with Emerging Leaders Program has really made me a better individual and student.

20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Emergling Leaders Program at the HSCC found me through McKeesport Area High School. I knew absolutly nothing about this program so i decided to fill the application out and visit the building to learn what this program was all about. Once entering the interview and finding out that this program helps youth with getting a part time job whether it be a Counsler in Training(C.I.T.) or obtaining a job within your community. They also help you with how to WOW the employer that is interviewing for the job and how to write the "perfect" resume. I have been a participate of the Emerging Leaders Program(ELP) for two years now and its definatly worth my while. We have visited Washington, DC and have had speakers all over our community come in and talk to us about different opporunites that we have. ELP also helps you prepare yourself for college with applications to landing your interview.

21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Dave Coplan through a networking recommendation from Jennifer Ross at PANO and eventually wound-up doing contract work for HSCC. Dave understands that for a nonprofit to achieve excellence, you need to strategically and relentlessly advocate for the people you serve. I am impressed by HSCC's ability to diversify and expand their fundraising, develop a dedicated staff and harness the power of an engaged Board. But most of all, I'm impressed by the work that HSCC is doing with Mon Valley's youth. As someone with an extensive background in youth programming, the Emerging Leaders Program is simply among the best that I've seen, HSCC recognizes that their work isn't just about addressing the needs of the people they serve, but also about enabling them to envision and achieve a better life.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the HSCC board as an intern after being wowed by Dave Coplan's charisma & presentation during a "speed boarding" session. My board orientation was the most thorough orientation I've ever received... ever (including new student orientation, new job orientation, welcome to the resort orientation, here’s your retirement package orientation)! Dave & Alicia consistently made themselves available for questions, and were generous with their praise and direction for board service. HSCC excels at sharing their stories of success and positive impact on the communities of the Mon Valley.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a first year board member for Human Services Center Corp. Having represented various companies (public and private) and been involved with several other organizations (non profit and for profit), I can honestly say that I have not seen an organization run as efficiently or effectively as HSCC. The informative and transparent nature of the management is a delight for a board member; the focus and passion of the organization is an asset to its constituents. I am proud to be associated with HSCC.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was an employee of the Human Service Center and can't say enough about the opportunities given employees to excel and to expand their expertise in the social services field. Not to mention the "family feel" of being part of the HSCC family.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

The HSCC excels at meeting the needs of its clients and the communities it serves. At least as important, it is an outstanding developer of talent which continues to spread throughout the region improving the capactiy of other nonprofits.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dave Coplan's presentation on the HSCC was very interesting. I was very impressed to hear of all the opportunities HSCC offers to young people and old alike. I was very impressed with the entire speech.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have had the opportunity to work with the staff of HSCC on a variety of different occasions. One of my favorite examples is when they readily agreed to connect with a local company to provide their employees with a way to give back and help others. The HSCC staff was ready to accept their help, bring resources to youth and families that truly needed it, and to make the holiday brighter for both groups!

3 Tony L

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Dave Coplan when I talked with him about increasing the effectiveness of his GNP profile. He was an intelligent, engaging, highly capable, dedicated individual that deeply cares for HSCC and the well being of the people of Turtle Creek and the Mon Valley. Congratulations on making 40 under 40 Dave!