2017 was a big year for Community Help Centre — now we are: CENTRE HELPS

A Message From the Director


Centre Helps plays a vital role in providing emotional support and in educating and guiding individuals to appropriate programs and services. The agency meets a variety of needs for those in personal crisis, needing shelter or health care, facing under-and unemployment, and so on. Centre Helps is the key community resource that enables people with diverse concerns to identify and access services aimed at reaching financial and personal stability. Many callers report having no other options for support.

It is well established that lower cost, early prevention efforts are central to deterring escalation of a problem and avoiding higher cost intervention services (i.e., parenting skills coaching and supervision rather than foster care). The Hotline and Emergency Services staff are empathetic, well-trained volunteers who provide assistance and information to callers (some without the skills to articulate their needs and locate help). Addressing a problem in the early stages may prevent it from becoming more serious and unmanageable.

About a third of our budget comes from the Centre County United Way, a third from the Youthful Offender Program, and a third from Centre County Government for the 24-hour Hotline. We could not do what we do without necessary support from CCUW, Centre County Government, Centre Foundation, area churches, and other generous supporters. We operate on a very tight margin, however. Our paid staff consists of just four full-time positions— down from six a few years ago. We really need another full-time Basic Needs Case Manager and a Marketing/Development Manager. We wouldn’t make it without our wonderful volunteers. They provide an incredible cost savings to the organization.” (See Volunteer Training section).

For 45 years our organization has continually assisted Centre County community members in crisis. -Bonnie Tatterson, Executive Director

For 45 years our organization has continually assisted Centre County community members in crisis.

-Bonnie Tatterson, Executive Director

24-Hour Hotline

Here to Help with Any Problem, Any Time: Are you (or is someone you know) facing hunger? Medical problems? Homelessness? Suffering from abuse? Struggling with addiction? Need financial assistance?You know there is help “out there”…but where to start? Who can help you navigate all these places and resources? Where can you go for help with any problem, any time? Who can you call (or text) if you have a crisis after 5:00 or on the weekend? 

Call (or text) for help, 24/7/365, at:
800-494-2500 or 814-237-5855.

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Educational Programming

The Youthful Offender Program (YOP)

Th YOP is an educational alternative adjudication program for youth cited for violating alcohol laws. It strives to equip participants with the skills necessary to navigate a culture where a party atmosphere is often the norm. Ultimately, we want participants to make safe and responsible choices and be able to handle potentially dangerous situations. Through instruction, activities, and discussion, YOP explores the effects of alcohol and other substance use and abuse —including social, physical, psychological, economic, and legal consequences. 

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Basic Needs
Case Management

Basic Needs Case Management serves any Centre County resident living at or near poverty who requires short-term economic assistance to access adequate food, shelter, and heat. Case Managers provide counseling, emotional support, advocacy, education, financial packaging, budget counseling, and resource identification. They help with emergency, short-term, and long-term needs.

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Volunteer Training

Volunteer Services welcomes any individual or group interested in contributing to the improved well-being of the community. Centre Helps encourages volunteerism by offering extensive volunteer opportunities within the organization and by providing information about county-wide opportunities to volunteer both long-term and intermittently. Participants consistently report that their Centre Helps experiences are life-changing, inspiring them to continued service. 

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Centre Helps receives public funding and philanthropic dollars, but also depends on donations from individuals living in our community.

As you make your decision about contributing to Centre Helps, please feel free to contact to learn more about our programs and their importance in the community.

We accept donations online (use the paypal button), and at 410 South Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801. All donations will be acknowledged and are tax deductible.

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