Hope, Compassion and Possibilities

EHCA’s Capital Campaign will build homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities and complex medical conditions.

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Erie Homes for Children and Adults has kicked off a Capital Campaign to build community homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities who also have complex medical conditions. The homes will provide nursing care and advanced medical equipment in a warm and welcoming community home atmosphere.

“The project calls for building four homes at a total cost of nearly $5 million,” says Edwin Smith, Esq., co-chair of the campaign with Ann Halupczynski. “Each home will be fully equipped to meet the medical needs of the residents. Our Capital Campaign goal is $1.5 million, slightly higher than the cost of one community home. EHCA is one of just six agencies in the state—and the only one in Northwest Pennsylvania—that specializes in providing this level of medical care for people with intellectual disabilities.”

Charles Walczak, EHCA’s CEO, describes two critical challenges driving the decision to initiate the project. “First, there are many people in our region on the state waiting list for services, so the need is very real,” he says. “Second, we are required to meet the state’s Community Rule, which sets the standard for integrating people with intellectual disabilities in their communities. Our goal is to exceed these standards for our current residents and provide additional capacity to help address those on the waiting list.”

In addition to Edwin Smith, Ann Halupczynski, and Charles Walczak, members of the Campaign Cabinet include Jerry Cannon, EHCA Board President; Vickie Lampe, Vice President of Client & Community Relations, PNC; Jim Martin, Region President, Northwest; Frances McCormick, Esq., Knox McLaughlin Gornall and Sennett; Michelle Robertson, Project Manager, Hamot Health Foundation; and Jonathan Rilling, EHCA Vice President of Marketing, Advancement, & Communications.

To learn more or arrange for a Capital Campaign representative to call on you, contact Jonathan Rilling at 814.315.1855 or email him at