24-hour Hotline

Since 1972, Centre Helps has operated a hotline— 24 hours a day, 7 days a weeks, 365 days a year. Last year we answered over 10,000 calls.

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. If you call after 5:00 to the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, Alcoholics Anonymous, or Crossroads Counseling, you will speak with a well-trained Centre Helps staff member or volunteer. Volunteers and staff met the needs of 10,700 callers and walk-in clients in 2016. Volunteers complete 180 hours of Hotline Training and give back at least 340 hours of service.

Centre Helps 24-hour hotline and drop-in center (open weekdays from 9-6) is available to anyone!

Call 814-237-5855 or walk in at 410 South Fraser Street in State College.

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Alcohol & Other Drug Information and Referral

If you have questions about street drugs, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter drugs, call us. If you are worried about yourself or someone you know who is using or abusing drugs, call us. If you want to identify a pill, or you want information about primary effects, side effects and addiction potential, call us.

Centre Helps counselors are able to provide you with factual, non-biased drug information, emotional support, support group information, rehab options, and detox options. They can teach you to effectively communicate your feelings and concerns to the people that you care about. Our goal is to support you and provide you with the information you need to make healthy personal choices.

Call 814-237-5855 or walk in at 410 South Fraser Street in State College.

Support Group Information

We can provide you with information about support groups that meet in and around your community. Centre Helps counselors will provide you with meeting times, information about meeting content and goals, and, in many cases, contact information for group members who can give you additional information and support.

There are many support groups in the Centre County community that deal with important topics and issues, including alcohol and other drugs, personal health, and other issues.

Call 814-237-5855 or walk in at 410 South Fraser Street in State College.

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Emergency Food

Emergency food is available 24 hours a day. Call 814-237-5855 or 800-494-2500 for details.

We collaborate with the local food bank to provide food bank referrals, as well as emergency food from our pantry. Eligibility for food bank services is determined based on location of residence, income guidelines, and frequency of use. Our food pantry is available when the food bank is not open, when food bank services have been exhausted, and in other critical situations.

Those who have already exhausted their food bank referral and, as a result, ask to use the food pantry repeatedly will be referred to our Basic Needs program for case management and additional services.

Call 814-237-5855 or walk in at 410 South Fraser Street in State College.

Human Service Information and Referral

Centre Helps collaborates with the Centre County Office of Adult Services by providing a 24-hour helpline that provides information and referral services regarding human service and government programs. Callers who do not have long distance service may contact the helpline in order to be connected toll-free to various human service and government agencies. Call 814-237-5855 or walk in at 410 South Fraser Street in State College.

Specialized Services

Centre Helps provides two specialized lines to serve LGBT individuals and Seniors.

LGBT Switchboard 814-235-4650

Senior Support Line 814-235-4671


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