Mission

The McKeesport Collaborative is dedicated to developing and improving services for women.

To achieve this mission, the Program has two components:  comprehensive case management for women working towards employment and/or education and work to educate and prevent HIV/AIDS and STIs in the Mon Valley.

Case Management

The McKeesport Collaborative provides a continuum of care which includes individualized referrals. This program benefits women seeking services, service providers, and the community at large by improve efficiency, reducing duplication, and providing an opportunity for planning and development.

The Human Services Center Collaborative staff, along with multiple other agencies, work together with women to access a variety of services related to education, job readiness, health care, and housing. In order to accomplish this, to improve self-reliance, and to reduce or eliminate barriers to success, the Family Development Specialist assists women in the achievement of self-identified comprehensive goals written on the Family Assistance Plan, through regularly scheduled meetings documenting those meetings in the case notes, as well as providing linkages and referral to various agencies, and by guiding the woman through the systems.

Families access the services of the McKeesport Collaborative through the Family Development Specialist, who can be reached at 412-829-7112 or by completing this Interest Form. The FDS then provides links to appropriate services based on the individual needs of each family.

HIV/AIDS Working Group

The HIV/AIDS Working Group is comprised of agencies and residents of the Mon Valley region with the mission of HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, education, and referrals. The Working Group sponsors an annual awareness walk, World AIDS Day cookout, National Women and Girls Celebration, and a summer youth educational program, Project H.E.A.R.T.

Project H.E.A.R.T.

The members of the McKeesport Collaborative HIV/AIDS Working Group serve youth ages 13 to 18 to be part of our Project H.E.A.R.T. (HIV/AIDS Education and Research Training) Program during the summer. During the intake process, applicants must meet the following criteria: complete application accurately including the essay, successfully participate in the interview, provide three adult references, not including relative, age range: 13 to 18 years, currently enrolled in high school or middle school, never participated in prior HIV Working Group Summer Youth Stipend Programs, provide own transportation, parental permission, willing to become a peer-to-peer leader, able to commit for 8 weeks every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. For more information, please call 412-829-7112. The 2014 Project H.E.A.R.T. application can be found on the Publications page under Applications.

The McKeesport Collaborative is financed in part by a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.