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Connect, Inc.
SPHS Connect
Organizational Information

Parent Organization
Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services

Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization
Connect Inc. exists to provide housing, case management and supportive services to homeless and near homeless persons in southwestern Pennsylvania.

History of Organization
Connect, Inc. (d.b.a. SPHS Connect) an affiliate corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc. (SPHS), was established in 1995 as a general social service agency with the potential to develop and implement a variety of different services to address identified needs of Southwestern Pennsylvania residents. Initially, SPHS Connect assumed the responsibility of providing homeless assistance services that were previously held by SPHS. In 1998, SPHS Connect developed the Washington Family Center to support and strengthen families with children. Since then, the level and scope of services provided to individuals and families in Washington, Greene and Westmoreland Counties has continued to grow. In 2003, the Washington Family Center was expanded to include child abuse prevention and juvenile delinquency prevention programs as core Center components. Throughout 2003 and to the present, additional emphasis in the areas of academic support has been fostered through the implementation of the MATES (Mentors And Teachers Educating Students) project, the LEARN (Linking, Educating And Renewing Neighborhoods) project, ClassroomPlus tutorial services and Supplemental Educational Services through the Washington School District. In our efforts to encourage academic success while strengthening families and supporting educational providers the Family Center has provided leadership to the Early Care and Education (EC&E) Team of Washington County. The EC&E Team supports children and families, who have not yet reached school age, access quality early care through capacity building of county child care providers. In 2006, the EC&E Team acquired funding to implement the Parent and Child Enrichment (PACE) program. The PACE program is a county wide initiative whose purpose is to enhance the social skills, kindergarten readiness skills and build upon the communication skills of children 3 and 4 years old. Additionally, the PACE program has a parenting component which focuses on the parenting skills needed to help the children succeed in obtaining these skills. In 2001, the capacity of Safe Haven was increased from 10 to 20 beds in order to address the growing demand for housing and support services among the mental health population. In 2002, two apartment buildings at Highland Terrace in Donora were renovated and converted into 8 housing units for families. Also in 2002, 10 townhomes were developed in the City of Monessen to provide affordable housing opportunities to income-eligible families in the Mon Valley. In October 2002, SPHS Connect opened Welcome Home - a new emergency housing facility for single women and families in the City of Greensburg. It filled to capacity within the first week. In 2006, SPHS Connect opened the new Greene County Permanent Supportive Housing Project. This program, which serves six disabled, homeless singles and families, is the first of its kind in Greene County, and fills a gap in the continuum of services there. In February of this year, SPHS Connect was awarded a new HUD grant to begin operations of a 12 bed Safe Haven in Westmoreland County. This new program, which will begin operations in 2007, will not only fill a huge gap in the Westmoreland County housing continuum, but will eliminate the practice of using of the Washington County Safe Havens by Westmoreland County residents.

Accreditations and Licenses
N/A

Legal Structure
Non-profit corporation

Funding Sources
Connect is funded through a variety of sources including HUD McKinney-Vento funds, Emergency Shelter Grants, Housing Assistance Programs, the United Way, FEMA, and private donations.


Contact Information

Key Leader(s)
Jeff Burks Mascara -  Executive Vice President/CEO

William Leach -  Director of Homeless and Housing Services

Shelley Minnick -  Supervisor

Westmoreland Housing Programs

Kelly Goedel -  Supervisor

Family Center

Contact Person(s)
William Leach - Director of Homeless and Housing Services

Dee Keffel - Administrative Assistant

Contact Number(s)
724-489-8095 - Connect Administrative Offices

Contact Email(s)
mascara@sphs.org - Jeff Mascara
Executive Vice President/CEO
wleach@sphs.org - William Leach
Director of Homeless and Housing Services
dkeffel@sphs.org - Administrative Assistant
kgoedel@sphs.org - Kelly Goedel
Supervisor
Family Center

Web Addresses
www.sphs.org Connect Inc. Parent

Primary Address
Connect Inc. Administrative Offices
302 Chamber Plaza
Charleroi, PA, 15022
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Additional Addresses
Washington Housing Program Office
292 E. Maiden St.
Washington, PA, 15301
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Safe Haven
240-250 North College Ave.
Washington, PA, 15301
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Washington Family Center
262 E. Wheeling St.
Washington, PA, 15301
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Washington Family Shelter
Washington, PA, 15301
Greene County Permanent Supportive Housing Program
Fort Jackson Building
19 S. Washington St.
Waynesburg, PA, 15370
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Welcome Home
218 Maple Ave.
Suite 200
Greensburg, PA, 15601
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Service Information

Service Area
Connect Inc. serves the homeless in the Southwestern PA Counties of Washington, Westmoreland and Greene.

Service Description
Safe Haven - Provides housing to hard-to-reach, mentally ill homleless men and women.

Washington Family Shelter - Provides shelter and support services to homeless families.

Permanent Supportive Housing - Provides permanent housing to disabled homeless adults and families.

Transitional Housing - Provides housing and support services to disabled, homeless adults and families for up to 24 months.

Supportive Living (transitional) Housing - Provides housing and support services to homeless adults and families for up to 24 months.

Available Hours
Connect Inc. programs operate 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. Administrative and Housing Offices are open M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Connect Inc. operates an Emergency On-Call system (724-554-9280) to help persons access emergency housing after 5 pm and on weekends.

Fees/Cost for Services
Connect Housing Program guests are expected to pay a percentage of their income as a service fee when residing in housing programs.

Eligibility Requirements
Persons using Connect Housing must meet the federal definition of homelessness. Persons receiving Permanent Supportive and Transitional Housing services must also be disabled.

Required Documentation
Persons receiving Permanent Supportive and Transitional Housing services must provide proof of disability. Persons residing in Safe Haven programs must provide proof of a Mental Health Diagnosis.

How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments
Persons needing the assistance of Connect, Inc. may call 724-489-8095 during normal working hours or 724-554-9280 after 5 PM and on weekends.


Miscellaneous Information

Handicap Accessibility
Many of Connect Inc's program sites are handicapped-accessible. Connect helps guests who need handicapped-accessible housing access appropriate living quarters.

Volunteer Use
Yes

Volunteer Need
Yes

Volunteer Description
Connect Inc. often uses volunteers to help in a varity of ways within our housing programs.




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