Our Programs

 
 
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Blizzard
of Blankets

The Blizzard of Blankets is our oldest project, begun in the fall of 1995. We conduct a public awareness campaign and then, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, collect new or used blankets in good condition. This event is held at the Perry Square gazebo. The blankets collected are distributed free of charge to those people and agencies in need.

NOVEMBER 17

Saturday 9 AM TO 2 PM

Location

Perry Square
571-601 State Street
Erie, PA 16501

 
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Annual Christmas Party.

Each year The Upper Room, with help from our corporate sponsors, provides a Christmas meal and gifts for more than 250 of Erie’s poor and homeless. Trees are decorated, carols are sung, and presents are distributed for adults and children who might otherwise not have a Christmas.

dECEMBER 15 11 AM TO 1 PM

AT THE UPPER ROOM

Location

1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

 
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Annual Beach Party

Each summer, we sponsor a day at the beaches of beautiful Presque Isle State Park. A shelter is reserved and round trip transportation by van is provided by one of our sponsoring organizations. Our clients enjoy the sunshine, games, swimming, food and fellowship.

Date

TBD

Location

Presque Isle State Park
Peninsula Drive & Fisher Drive
Erie, PA 16505

 
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Documentary Photographic Project

We conduct an annual contest among our homeless friends to motivate them to see their situation thru the lens of a camera. The results are now on display in the shelter. Visitors are encouraged to view these photographs.

Availability

Monday – Saturday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Location

1024 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

 
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Annual Memorial Day Picnic

Annual Memorial Day Picnic. Started in 2014, The Upper Room holds a Memorial Day picnic for the homeless in Erie. Grilled dogs, watermelon, salads, and treats are served right in our parking lot. Upwards of 250 attend this holiday event.

Date

Monday, May 28th

Time

TBD

Location

1024 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501