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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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This organization excels in organizing working groups to focus on tasks to support communities in the Mon Valley. Its structure of using working groups which address core issues enables the organization to remain focused and consistent with its mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dave Coplan came to conduct our Fayette County Human Service Council Retreat. I have been in administration for many years and found Dave to be one of the best facilitators in planning that I have met. He moved us along in a very timely fashion and was able to help all voices to be heard. He completed the work at home and sent us a very full and on target plan.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An outstanding organization, dedicated to meeting the multifaced needs of the community it serves. Innovative programming, dedicated staff, contagious enthusiasm for their mission.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While attending my first Mon-Valley Providers Council Quarterly Meeting, I realized several things immediately: 1. what a wealth of information was available to me and my students 2. how bright their Director was 3. how utterly clueless I was 4. how great the needs were in the Mon Valley 5. how collaborative the MVPC organization was 6. why being involved was a win-win for me, my students and the local communities that I serve I have not regretted one minute of the time that I have committed to the activities and services provided by my CCAC, South Campus/MVPC collaboration. (well there was that one time at the Century III Mall during the Super Expo when I was hit on by several VERY senior citizens!!! BUT it provided me with a great story!! And NOW I am a one of those senior citizens)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The HSCC has afforded me invaluable experiences to grow professionally. I first began working with the HSCC as an intern during my senior year at the University of Pittsburgh. I gained amazing first-hand experience writing grants, coordinating events, conducting planning studies and developing needs-driven, quality programming, such as the Youth LIFE after school program. During graduate school, I interned for several other organizations, but would always make time to do additional work for the HSCC, including facilitating studies about fundraising events, contributing to legislative agendas, and assisting in raising money for its endowment campaign. After I graduated with my Masters Degrees (MSW, MPA) from the University of Pittsburgh, I served a one-year term for HSCC's Board of Directors through Leadership Pittsburgh's Leadership OnBoard program. Each program and project of the HSCC is guaranteed to be high-quality, which is why I continue to donate money to and volunteer for the HSCC. You may have seen me helping to build a playground in the HSCC's courtyard, serving meals at its 25th Anniversary, or walking for the HSCC team at the annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk. I am proud to be associated with this organization and look forward to continuing to give back for years to come!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For as long as I've been associated with the Human Services Center, I've been amazed by just how committed the organization is to making sure that there are no wrong doors for accessing service. When I was an intern, we would get phone calls from folks looking for services we didn't provide and my first inclination was to say, "sorry, we don't do that". But the director at the time made it clear to me that that wasn't good enough, and that we should always make sure that, at the very least, folks left us headed in the right direction for services. This constant commitment to the individuals we saw every day, whether or not they were part of our core service population has always impressed me and been a lesson to me in my professional life.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Human Services Center Corporation in Turtle Creek is a tremendous asset to the entire region. They are constantly on the cutting edge when it comes to innovative ways of helping people. I started as a volunteer with them way back in the mid 90's. I worked in their toys for tots program and food pantry. Now as a professional in Workforce Development I interact with them on several levels and I'm constantly amazed. I have to tell a funny story about Dave that illustrates a point. One summer many many years ago we were all at a picnic together. There must have been a total of 6 of us playing a wiffle ball game. It was the start of an inning and Dave was on my team. While we were in the feild Dave whispered to me that he felt a triple play coming on. I'm like sure ok, I didn’t believe him. Well the next batter hit the ball and I can't remember how it all happened but next thing you know we had made a triple play and we were up again. How many times have you ever seen a triple play in a wiffle ball game? But Dave knew, he believed he could do it. This example has always stood as a testimony to the power of Dave. He and his team perform triple plays everyday with the ease and self assuredness of that summer day many years ago. Keep up the good work and it’s always been an honor to be on your team.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started as an intern at the Center while I was working on my undergraduate degree at Pitt. I became a full time employee in May of 2002 and served as the first Youth Programs Director and worked to support the Youth LIFE Program and the KOOL Summer Program. It was an incredible experience! After receiving my Masters Degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at Pitt, I moved on from my position at the Center to serve as the Senior Vice President of Development and Marketing at Goodwill Industries. Recently, I have transitioned into a position with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. I learned so much as an intern at the Center about community organizing, grant writing and budgeting. It is an excellent resource for the community and for the students who have the opportunity to grow and learn.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the past year that i've been in this program ELP at the Human Services Center have learned alot. It has taught me to explore different careers and makes me look forward to my future. I have learned better communication skills. I always improved my writing skills. It also made me explore different colleges and makes me want to attend college after high school. In this past year i got my first job and if it wasn't for elp I dont think I would of even been able to get the job. This program is the best thing for teens. THANK YOU ELP.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have learned alot in HSCC. I have learned about all sorts of jobs, how to fill out applications, and lots about having a good interview. I like working on the computers on the websites, they teach alot about jobs and gives you a good idea of what you are trying to pursue. We also went on field trips, which I enjoyed. One in particular was to a pirate game, most of the people I didn't know, so I got to meet new people and have fun. HSCC has overall helped me all around and will help me in the future as well.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Human Services Center Corporation in Turtle Creek, PA is an awesome program to me because it has helped me in so many ways. I've been a participant in the youth programs they provide here for 6 yrs now. I have met so many new and awesome people that have all helped point me in the right direction. The programs here have provided me with help with everything from homework to searching for colleges. The Staff and students that attend the programs here are all just wonderful people who have taught me so much. I really enjoy attending all the wonderful programs and events they have to offer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The HSCC provides different resources such as ELP and a after school program for young kids. I have learned a lot of things by coming to ELP. It helps the community by providing different programs. The things I have learned about are different jobs and opportunities. ELP is very exciting because we do fun thing like going on field trips and taking tour very cool places.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been attending the ELP (Emerging Leaders Program) for about a year. In those years, I was able to excel in my school work, thanks to the program that is run by the HSCC. Not only was I able to improve my grades in school, I was also able to earn volunteer hours for my senior class project. It has been a priviledge to meet many young teenages who have similar goals in life, to be succesful. There were indeed many different knowledgable and entertaining field trips, speeches, etc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Human Services Center excels in working with kids and young adults. They have provided many outstanding opportunities that many people have not had the chance to do. They provide care for children and a job readiness program for young adults. Both of their programs are very good. Visiting colleges, different cities, and getting visits from important people is always fun and a very interesting way to learn about different things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Human Services Center's Emerging Leaders Program is a great program to help you prepare for your furture career. Whether it be basic interveiw skills to making your resume the best. this program also prepares you for college and encourages you to be a great success. One thing that i enjoy most is that if you have a problem or just need to talk to someone the staff is always there and are ready to listen. They also open up windows of opportunities for you. The opportunities could include volunteering for the HIV/aids walk or working as a C.I.T.(Counsler In Training). You also get the chance of meeting great new people and walking away at the end of the day with a new friendship.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I think that the Human Services Center is a great asset to the community. It helps so many people in so many ways. It helps people without food and kids get along in life. I have learned a lot of important skills from the teachers and staff from this institute. The staff are very involved and passionite about what they do are are very eager to help with any problem.