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Centre Helps navigates the local safety net for our friends and neighbors in need. Whether in crisis or struggling to make ends meet, our community can always find help through the talented staff and volunteers at Centre Helps. We connect with our community through our 24/7  hotline, text, chat, and community collaboration. We all have friends that are suffering in silence. Our well-trained, compassionate team transitions those friends and neighbors from crisis to viability. The work of Centre Helps serves us all, whether directly or indirectly, by improving the quality of life in our community.

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?  Need to vent? 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 for help, 24/7/365
800-494-2500 or 814-237-5855

 *Subject To Change*
(814) 237 - 5855

               Monday: 10am - 5pm
               Tuesday: 9am - 11am, 1pm-5pm, 7pm-9pm
               Wednesday: 2pm - 10pm
               Thursday: 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 7pm
               Friday: 9am - 11am, 2pm - 6pm
               Saturday: Not Currently Available. Please Call!

               Sunday: Not Currently Available. Please Call!

*Note: We are looking to expand our text/chat hours in the very near future. Check back periodically for additional open hours of operation!*

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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

Centre Helps welcomes any individual 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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