The Peer Empowerment Network Drop In Center often called the PEN Center, provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for individuals (18 and older) living with and recovering from a mental health issue. The Center provides an atmosphere of acceptance where individuals feel needed and grow in self-worth, dignity and self-respect.
Located at 514 Somerset Street in Johnstown the Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening and weekend hours posted on our calendar each month.
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Planned activities promoting social interaction and improvement of social skills, tolerance and acceptance of others. Check out our monthly calendar of events by clicking on calendar tab above.
At the Center, individuals are able to interact with others who have shared similar experiences, such as hospitalizations, medications, doctors, therapies, etc. Understanding the challenges of living with a mental health diagnosis is shared. A powerful support system is built that helps individuals through difficult times. One of the main reasons individuals come the Drop In Center is this support. Individuals find that discouragement, fear, rage, pain and anxiety are all natural human emotions, and are not unique to them because of their diagnosis. They realize that their hopes, dreams, fears and pain are not different than those of others they begin to feel less alone, different, and afraid and recognize that they alone are responsible for the choices they make.
The Center offers a wide range of educational workshops including information on Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol systems, medications, role modeling, nutrition, handling difficult emotions, managing illness. As individuals become more knowledgeable, they are able to use their newly acquired knowledge in their personal lives and in the community.
The Drop In Center is funded by
Cambria County Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities Program and the Cambria County Commissioners.
Peer Empowerment Network is also a member agency of the United Way of the Laurel Highlands.
For more information about Peer Empowerment Network, contact Director at 814-539-2724.