Economic and Neighborhood Development

Empowering members of the Greater Harrisburg area and surrounding communities remains the driving force behind the Economic and Neighborhood Development (END) department. END programs address the needs of the community through outreach efforts, employment readiness services, and collaborations that support community development.

Supported Employment:

The Supported Employment program utilizes a well-defined approach to helping people with disabilities or complex barriers participate in the competitive labor market. Our program uses an evidence-based treatment model proven to achieve positive results in helping people with mental illness find and keep employment.

Manage Recovery and Sustain Employment Through:

  • Helping you manage your recovery and secure steady employment
  • Gaining the skills and accessing the support you need to overcome fear and chart a path for success
  • Giving you the confidence to take charge of your life


Contact: Marlai Paxton, 1101 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 (717) 234-7931 ext. 3005

Serves: Dauphin Co. individuals with mental illness receiving services from CMU and/or Keystone ICM


Ticket to Work:

The Ticket to Work program assists and provides Social Security beneficiaries with the choices and opportunities to become employed, increase their earnings, and eventually leave and remain off benefits by becoming fully self-supportive. The Ticket to Work program is a free and voluntary program available to people ages 18-64 that are blind or have a disability.


  • Explanation of Social Security's rules
  • Work incentive counseling
  • Career consulting/job leads
  • Case management


Service Area

Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties


Contact: Marlai Paxton, 1101 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 (717) 234-7931 ext. 3005

Serves: Social Security beneficiaries between the ages of 18-64



The Clinical Assessment, Peer Support, Treatment and ON-Going, Education/Employment  (CAPSTONE)Program is a collaborative of multiple service providers aimed at addressing the growing need for comprehensive support for young adults in Dauphin County who have recently experienced their first episode of psychosis. The CAPSTONE Program will utilize the collective resources of Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI), Dauphin County MH/ID, Case Management Unit (CMU), and the YWCA Greater Harrisburg to support clients and families experiencing First Episode Psychosis (FEP).

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg’s CAPSTONE Supported Employment/Supported Education (SEE) program assists individuals experiencing FEP find competitive employment and/or enroll and maintain the schooling of their choice. 


Service Area

Dauphin County


Contact: Admission Department at PPI, (717) 782-6493 or 866-746-2496.

Serves: Young adults between 16 – 30, who have recently experienced their first documented episode of psychosis


YWCA Employment/YW-Works:

YWCA employment assist residents of the YWCA obtain and retain employment. Skills Assessment helps clients identify their interests and abilities with the goal of pursuing a career that is right for them. Acquisition of employment is achieved by educating clients about how to find a job by applying and interviewing in the right ways. Help is also provided in finding a job once clients are ready to do so. Job retention is supported with case management, on-the-job coaching, support groups and professional mentoring.

Service Area

YWCA clients

Contact: Marlai Paxton, 1101 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 (717) 234-7931 ext. 3005

Serves: YWCA HHS and VIP clients


Suits to Careers/ Dress for Success:

Suit to Careers positively impacts lives by helping people achieve economic independence through a network of suiting, support, guidance, employment training and mentorship. Suits to Careers’ corporate office and boutique is located in Harrisburg, PA. Clients receive an interview suit to prepare them for networking events, job fairs and interviews. Upon starting a training program or obtaining employment, clients may return for additional outfits suitable for their occupational field. Women are suited through our Dress for Success South Central PA program and men are suited through our Tied to Success program. The Mobile Boutique travels to Adams, Cumberland, Lebanon, Perry and York counties. To receive a suiting, visit one of our local area referral partners. The partner will fax your referral form to Suits to Careers, Inc., and our staff will contact you to set up an appointment.



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Service Area

Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry and York counties

Contact: Marlai Paxton, 29 S. 10th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 (717) 232-1333 ext. 101

Serves: TANF recipients and Suits to Careers partner clients


Female Veteran Illness Management Recovery

The Illness Management and Recovery Program is a series of weekly sessions in which a specially trained mental health practitioner will help develop a client’s own personal strategies for coping with mental illness and moving forward in life. The program is provided in an individual or group format, and generally lasts 12 weeks.

Service Area

Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry,Schuylkill, and York


Contact: Nicole Finkle, 1101 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 (717)234-7931 ext. 3063

Serves: Any woman who has served in the military regardless of discharge status

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