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Innovative Treatment Alternatives, Inc. (ITA) is a non-profit 501(C) (3) faith-based corporation established in 1992. ITA's Headquarters is located at the HOPE Empowerment Education and Training Center, 3528 North 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.

Hope Empowerment Education and Training Project focuses on the education and training needs of the Nicetown-Tioga Community. We cater to the unique needs of disenfranchised individuals, seniors, veterans and families who lack resources, education and employability skills.

Our mission is to reduce relapse and recidivism among individuals involved in the behavioral health, criminal justice and shelter systems.  Our Purpose is to make referrals for permanent / supportive housing, behavioral health, dental and medical treatment. We offer case management, computer literacy, GED/HiSet preparation, employment readiness, job training and supportive services to help reduce major barriers to independence and self-sufficiency.
Our goal is to promote resiliency. We offer a holistic housing first approach that begins with a comprehensive confidential assessment of individualized needs such as: behavior health; educational; family; legal; medical; social; and employability. We are a Maturity Works training site and teach seniors Computer Literacy. We have developed a comprehensive job training program for veterans referred by the Veterans Multi-Service Center.
Location: HEET has 20,000 square feet of classroom and training space in a COVID-19 safe environment. We are a Philadelphia KEYSPOT, and COMPASS Enterprise site, giving participants computer access and the ability to apply for SNAP, Cash, and Medical Assistance benefits on site. Participants have access to the Workforce Development System allowing them to search for other training and employment opportunities. 

Collaboration: We work with Center in the Park, JEVS-WOW, Jarrell Christopher Seay Love & Laughter Foundation, Joshua Achievements Center, I-LEAD, Inc., Maturity Works, The Mayor's Office of Children and Families, Nu-STOP, Inc., Office of Homeless Services, Project Share, Philabundance, RHD, USEF, Veterans Multi-Service Center, Valley Youth House, Wedge Medical Center and the Workplace, Inc.

Transportation: Our site is located six blocks away from Broad Street and Erie Avenue, which connects to SEPTA's Orange Line, the "H", the "XH", the "56" and the "16" bus routes. We are accessible from anywhere in the Philadelphia Metropol​is via SEPTA.

Finance: We have been able to sustain ourselves through fee for service contracts and donations. We currently move furniture for the Veterans Homeless Services operated by RHD, USEF, and VMC.

Our Blessed Team

Pastor Lamont Purnell
Program Coordinator/CEO
Jerome Henry
Philadelphia Custom Design Carpentry & Cabinet Making School
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Bernadine Robnett
CompTIA Partnership & Instructor

Mary Guinn
Administrative Analyst
Marvin Smith
Director of Adult Education &  GED/HiSet Preparation
Kevin Thomas
Computer Literacy