Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.
• Community Kitchen will provide free meals from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Dixonville Wesleyan Church Social Hall. For information, call Cindy Briggs at (724) 397-9498.
• The VNA Family Hospice and Family Hospice of Punxsutawney’s “Hope Takes Flight” live butterfly release will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 at the YMCA of Indiana County. Order a butterfly by donating $25 in honor and memory of loved ones. To order, call (724) 463-8711 or visit www.vnaindianacounty.com.
• The First United Methodist Church of Marion Center Clothing Closet is from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. For more information, call (724) 397-5517.
• United Way of Indiana County is pleased to announce that funding is available through its grant program for eligible nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a solid programmatic plan for meeting critical human service needs in Indiana County. Applications may be obtained by contacting the United Way office at (724) 463-0277 or at www.uwindianacounty.org under Partner Agencies/2013 Grant Application. The deadline for applications is July 26. United Way provided 12 grants totaling $17,051 in 2012 with an average grant amount of $1,420. These grants were utilized for services provided by organizations demonstrating how to Live United through education programs, employment/activities for youth with disabilities, building parenting skills, health programs, back-to-school programming, and other initiatives.
• Yoga for Health shows how yoga is suitable for most adults because of the non-strenuous nature and how it can be useful to help relieve symptoms associated with some conditions, such as cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Classes meet at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at IRMC. For information, call (724) 357-8088.
• Your Changing Body for Boys addresses the emotional and physical changes of puberty for boys ages 9 to 12 and their parents. The class meets quarterly. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.
• Your Changing Body for Girls is a workshop addressing the emotional and physical changes of puberty for girls ages 9 to 12 and their parents. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.
• Family Promise of Indiana County’s Gold Outing will be held at 1 p.m. July 8 at the Indiana Country Club. For more information, call Sandi (724) 349-1924, ext. 316.
• Head Start of Indiana County’s Golf Tournament will be held at 1 p.m. July 12 at Meadow Lane Golf Course, (724) 349-6200.
• The Epilepsy Foundation’s Pittsburgh Pirates Family Fun Run/Walk will be held on July 13. For more information, call (800) 361-5885.
• The Jonathon Rado Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at 1 p.m. July 20 at Meadow Lane Golf Course. Register by July 13. For more information, call (724) 479-3805, (412) 309-3079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Mid Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute conference will be held July 8 to 12. For more information visit www.iup.edu/marti/conference.
• Community Support Program will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Indiana Borough Building. For more information, call Joe Budjos at (724) 349-3350.
• The Arc of Indiana County’s Family and Friends of the Arc “Let’s Have Dinner Together” will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 9 at Ponderosa Steak House. This group will be meeting on a monthly basis on the second Tuesday to discuss Arc programs and provide an opportunity for networking.
• Adult Caregiver Support Group meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana, for adults caring for other adults. For more information, call (724) 465-2015.
• An Alzheimer’s Support Group, sponsored by Hillsdale Nursing and Rehabilitation, meets at 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at Citizen’s Ambulance Station, Hillsdale. For more information, call Kim Neff at (814) 743-6613.
• Breathing Partners is a support group for people with respiratory problems. Meetings vary based on need. For more information, call (800) 220-1990.
• Caregiver’s Support Group, a monthly support group for caregivers of people 60 years of age and older. Are you giving care to someone and would benefit from learning new tips, exchanging ideas, providing your expertise to others and giving emotional support to others? This group may be for you. Meetings are at 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. For more information, call Rene at (724) 349-4500 or (800) 442-8016.
• 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.
• Epilepsy Education and Support is available for parents of children diagnosed with Epilepsy. For more information, call (800) 361-5885 in Pittsburgh, (814) 262-7494 in Johnstown, or the Excela Health Call Center at (877) 771-1234.
• The Hearing Loss Association of Pennsylvania meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month at the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, Pittsburgh. For more information, call (412) 767-9769.
• 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.
• Keep on Dropping is a free weight management support group to keep those who have lost weight recently motivated and are on track to continue to lose. Join a team of coaches at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the IRMC Women’s Imaging Center Library. Call (724) 357-8088.
• 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.
• National Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter provides referrals to meetings, services and agencies. For more information, call (800) 272-3900.
• PFLAG, or Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, have local chapters of a national organization to provide safe dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity. The group seeks to replace negativity with accurate and positive information and support. For more information, contact the Indiana chapter at (724) 357-8309 or email email@example.com.
• SIDS — Sudden Infant Death Syndrome — Support, meets at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at UPMC Southside Hospital, Pittsburgh. For more information, call (412) 481-1410.
• Tea Time with the Nurse Navigator is an individualized hour to ask questions and discuss concerns about breast cancer before, during or after breast cancer treatment. For more information or to schedule, call IRMC at (724) 357-8081.
• 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 meet at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Arc Manor in Kittanning. This group provides information and support that you need 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, Indiana. 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.