HUMAN SERVICES CALENDAR
Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.
• A NAMI Walk will be held at noon on Tuesday at the Indiana County Court House. For more information, call (724) 479-8824.
• The Open Door is holding an Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. May 17 at 665 Philadelphia St. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, call (724) 465-2605.
• Attire to Aspire will be collecting Workwear. It’s spring cleaning time, will you be cleaning out your closets? Attire to Aspire and the PA Workwear Program need your donations. The program is in need of gently used, modern, up-to-date spring/summer clothing for women. Women’s sizes 0 to 26, especially sizes 10 to 26, are needed, including business casual slacks in black, navy and brown and business casual top and blouses. The program is also in need of gently used or new closed toe, low heel/flat dress shoes in black and brown. Men’s sizes 32W to 36W business casual slacks in black and khaki are needed. Bring items to the Department of Human Services at 300 Indian Springs Road, Suite 203. If you have any questions, call Maureen at (724) 463-8200, ext. 17.
• May is CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s CommuteInfo program is a nonprofit organization. Its goal is for commuters living, working or attending school within the 10-county Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission region (including Indiana County) to choose ridesharing at least twice a week. Over 75 percent of the workers in the SPC region drive alone to work. If fewer commuters drove alone, there would be less traffic congestion, the air would be cleaner and commuters would save a lot of money. Alternatives to driving alone, like vanpooling, carpooling, using public transit or biking to work, are just a few of the ways to lower the cost of commuting. More than 730 commuters already ride to work daily in CommuteInfo’s 58 registered vanpools. The 226 registered carpools carry an additional 491 commuters a day.
Go to www.commuteinfo.org for more information.
• Do you know a veteran who needs support and housing? The VASH program goal is to put an end to homelessness for the most vulnerable veterans. The program is designed to help veterans living with a disability, mental illness, addiction, chronic homelessness or other issues obtain safe, affordable, accessible permanent housing, as well as medical treatment, supportive services, and case management. The VA will evaluate referred veterans and determine their suitability for VASH. They will provide necessary medical treatment and supportive services through the VA medical system. The Housing Authority of Indiana County will provide rental housing assistance through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which will allow the veterans to rent from private landlords throughout the area. For more info, contact the homeless coordinator at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center at (877)626-2500.
• Aging Services is holding a Thrift Shop from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Indiana Social Center, 1001 Oak St., Indiana. Donations of gently used clothing will be accepted.
• Clothing Closet with free clothing is available through First United Methodist Church of Marion Center. The closet is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. For more information, call (724) 397-5517.
• The Evergreen Boys and Girls Club’s Ruby Tuesday’s Community Give Back Program meets every Thursday. Grab your family and join them for a meal. Obtain a flier from Evergreen Boys and Girls Club and present it to your server on Thursdays. Ruby Tuesday’s will give 20 percent of your purchase to the club. For the flier and for more information, call (724) 910-6042.
• The Indiana County Early Care and Education Committee will meet from noon to 1:20 p.m. Tuesday at ARIN IU#28. For additional information, call (724) 463-8200, ext. 18.
• The Children’s Advisory Commission of Indiana County meets at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at ARIN IU#28. For additional information, call (724) 463-8200, ext. 18.
• The Community Disability Awareness Group will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday at The Arc. This is a group of community members working together to provide information about disabilities to members of our community to help us get to know each other better and to make our community a better place for everyone.
• The Parent Transition Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at The Arc. The Parent Transition Group has established a network for families of children with disabilities who are making the transition from high school to post-secondary education, employment, and community living. All parents of children with disabilities are encouraged to attend the meetings because it is never too early to help your child prepare for the future. Lunch is provided so please register.
• Alcoholics Anonymous meets weekly. The schedule is: Calvary Presbyterian Church, Indiana, 8 p.m. Monday, noon Tuesday and 8 p.m. Thursday; Graystone Presbyterian Church, Indiana, 8 p.m. Wednesday; Marion Center Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m. Friday; IRMC Private Dining Room 2: 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Blairsville Free Methodist Church, noon Thursday; Saltsburg Baptist Church, 8 p.m. Saturday; The Open Door, Indiana, noon Friday. For more information call (724) 801-8788.
• Adult Socialization Group is for adults with epilepsy through the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania. For more information, call the Pittsburgh office at (800) 361-5885.
• Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders Family Support Group, through Family Behavioral Resources, meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Airport Professional Center, Suite 524, 1380 Route 286 East, White Township. A social skills group meets in conjunction with the support group. Children of all ages and developmental skills are welcome. For more information or to register, call (724) 465-0369.
• Bariatric Education and Support Group is for individuals contemplating or recovering from weight loss surgery. The group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.
• Cancer Support Group, American Cancer Society, 1165 Philadelphia St., Indiana, (888) 227-5445 or (724) 248-1814; The Phoenix Support Group meets every Thursday.
• Community Psychiatric Centers Parent Support Group offers speakers on autism, ADHD, behavior, dyslexia and depression one Monday per month in Blairsville. Register at (724) 850-7200.
• Co-Occurring Disorders Group is for anyone struggling with a mental health disorder and alcohol or substance dependency. This group will provide individuals with the opportunity to build strength, coping skills, direction, education and supports. This is an open group and will grow to incorporate topics, skills and interventions that will best meet the needs of its members. The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Community Guidance Center. For more information, call (724) 465-5576 and ask for the intake department.
• Divorce Care provides study and support from a Christian perspective for separated or divorced adults at Grace United Methodist Church, Indiana. Registration is required. This program is offered in the fall. For more information, call (724) 463- 8535.
• HIV/AIDS support for people living with HIV/AIDS meets two times per month through UPMC Lee Regional Community Care Management. All support group meetings are facilitated by a social worker. For more information, call (814) 534-6732 or (866) 429-1583.
• Indiana Area Celebrate Recovery, sponsored by the Harvest Anglican Church and the Homer City United Methodist Church, will be held at the Homer City United Methodist Church each Thursday from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. At 6:15 p.m. there will be an optional light meal and fellowship for $4.50. At 7 p.m., the large group meeting begins, led by a pastor or a deacon. A newcomers meeting and open share groups will be offered at 8 p.m., and fellowship at 9. Child care is offered at no charge. The group is a recovery ministry based on biblical principles with a goal to let God work through individuals in providing his healing power through a Christ-centered 12-step program. Participants share their experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. Celebrate Recovery provides a safe place for individuals to start dealing with their life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits. Some examples of recovery issues are: codependency, chemical addiction, sexual addiction, eating disorders, anger issues, and depression and/or loss. Call (724) 599-6699, (724) 479-8682, or email PastorHAF@gmail.com or HarvestAnglican@gmail.com for more information.
• Men’s Anger Group, Catholic Charities, meets in Greensburg. A registration screening is required. For more information, call (724) 463-8806 or (866) 409-6455.
• One Stitch at a Time, a knitting and sharing hour, will be offered Tuesday at IRMC’s Women’s Imaging Center Library at 10 a.m. This hour is for women in cancer treatment or those who are moving beyond cancer. Call (724) 357-8081.
• Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Support meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Riverfront Place, 810 River Ave., Suite 160, Pittsburgh. For more information, call (412) 322-5680 or (800) 721-7437.
• Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Independent Living of South Central PA in Altoona. For more information, call (800) 237-9009.
• Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.
• Weight Watchers provides information on weight loss for a fee. For more information, call (800) 651-6000 or visit www.weightwatchers.com.
• Bowser-Minich Bereavement Support Services offers a bereavement lending library open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
Call (724) 349-3100 or (888) 923-5550.
• C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Homer City, offers support services through an interactive website for bereavement and grief support literature at www.bowserfh.com.
• Coping with Loss Grief Support Group is a six-week series held at various community locations. Call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.
• Curran Funeral Home Grief Support Group, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg. Call (724) 639-3911 for dates, times and location.
• GRASP, or Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing, offers support and sources of help for families and individuals who are in bereavement due to a substance misuse death.
The group will begin in late February and will meet at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email email@example.com or visit www.grasphelp.org.
• Graystone Church GriefShare is a 13-week seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them.
Sessions are offered in the spring and the fall.
Registration is not necessary, and participants may join at any time in the series.
• Highmark Caring Place, through the Caring Foundation for Children, Pittsburgh, offers support groups weekly or biweekly for grieving children, adolescents and families.
Call (888) 224-4673.
• John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home offers a bereavement support group open to the public. Call (724) 463-4499.
• The Hepatitis C Education/Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at noon and the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Arc Manor in Kittanning. This group provides information and support needed to live with, get treatment for, or prevent exposure to Hepatitis C. For more information, call (724) 548-7607 or (800) 323-1333.
• Hopeful Hearts, a service of the VNA of Indiana County, is a child-focused family bereavement support center.
Hopeful Hearts provides peer support at no cost for all family members when someone close to the family has died.
Families meet biweekly in a safe, caring and confidential environment.
For more information about this program or volunteer opportunities, call (724) 349-3888 or (877) 349-3888.
• Pregnancy Loss Support Group provides support for families who are grieving the loss of their baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. Call (877) 771-1234.
• Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home Inc. offers a support group and a bereavement lending library with booklets, videos, etc.
• Richard Shoemaker Funeral Home Support Group, Blairsville, (724) 459-9115; information and support offered by phone.
• Robinson-Lytle funeral home offers a bereavement library with books, videos and other information for adults and children. Call (724) 349-9700.
• Sharing Grief Support Group is offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month. For more information, call (724) 349-2000.
• Survivors of Suicide Group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Neuropsychiatric Associates Inc., IRMC Complex, Medical Arts Building, Suite 2200, White Township. Gather together with others who understand the impact a death of suicide can have. Cost is $30. Initial intake at Neuropsychiatric Associates for possible insurance coverage. Call for more information, (724) 464-0270.
• VNA Grief Support meets the third Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. at VNA, 850 Hospital Road, White Township. The group is open to all who are coping with grief and loss. For more information, contact the Rev. Spiker at (724) 463-6340.