HUMAN SERVICES CALENDAR
July 07, 2013 2:50 AM

Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Creekside Area Food Pantry offers food for residents of Creekside, Ernest and Washington Township. The pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Creekside United Methodist Church. For more information or an appointment, call (724) 463-6004.

• Attire to Aspire will be collecting Workwear and needs your donations. The program is in need of gently used, modern, up-to-date summer clothing for women in their 20s. 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.

CLASSES

• Free Computer Classes will be held for those 60 and older at the Indiana Social Center, 1001 Oak St., Indiana. For more information and to register, call (724) 465-2697.

• AARP Driver Safety Program provides adults age 50 and older with a driving refresher class. Dates and times vary. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

• Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a group exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis to help increase joint flexibility and range of motion. The group meets at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Community Service Suite. For more information, call (724) 357-8088.

• Children in the Middle is a program started by the Center for Divorce Education. The parenting education class is effective at changing both parents’ attitudes and behavior about divorce-related problems faced by their children. For more information, call the Community Guidance Center at (724) 465-5576.

• Cyber CPR is a new way to learn adult CPR and first aid. Participants take the knowledge portion of the course online at their own pace. The CPR and first aid skills are then tested in the classroom with an instructor. The online portion must be completed before attending the skills session. For more information or to register, call (800) 733-2767 or visit www.redcross.org.

• Disaster Health Services Orientation, American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, teaches participants to organize and administer DHS function at the local level and to initiate a larger operation. For more information, call (724) 465-5678.

• Early Pregnancy focuses on a healthy pregnancy, lifestyles and what to expect with physical and emotional changes, doctor visits and diagnostic testing. The free class begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at IRMC. For information, call (724) 357-8088.

• Eat Well for Life I and II are four-week lifestyle improvement programs promoting wellness and long-term weight management through balanced nutrition, cooking demonstrations and other hands-on experiences. For more information and cost, call Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Institute for Healthy Living at (724) 357-8088.

• First Step Joint Replacement Education is for patients anticipating a hip or knee replacement surgery at Excela Health. This orientation program should be scheduled as close to the surgery date as possible. Morning or evening sessions are available monthly on a rotating basis. For more information, call Excela Health at (724) 689-0100.

• Healthy Moves is a supervised, structured exercise program for inactive adults or those at risk for health problems. Adults who wish to improve their fitness level are invited. For information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• Let’s Talk for Girls and Mothers is a program for girls, ages 9 to 13, and their mothers to discuss physical changes, peer pressure, growing up and respect and empathy for changes occurring in both sexes. This program is $15. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-7075.

• Parent-Infant Massage is offered the first and third Fridays of every month through IRMC for moms, dads, babies and toddlers. Parents will learn the art of infant massage and will be guided through instruction on how to massage their own babies. Buy five classes for $20 and get one free. For more information, call (724) 357-7075.

• The Spectrum Program, a six-week course based on the findings of the Dean Ornish Program for reversing heart disease, is held at 6 p.m. at Indiana Regional Medical Center. Call for cost, dates, more information and to register at (724) 357-8088.

COMING EVENTS

Evergreen Boys and Girls Club’s “Knowledge, Loving and Healing for Your Heart” community information sessions are held to raise awareness of grief services and resources available in Indiana County. To register for the next session July 16 at the Commodore Fire Hall, call (724) 910-6042. The session is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

FAMILY SUPPORT

• AL-ANON meets at 7:45 p.m. every Thursday at The Open Door, Indiana, (724) 726-5406, and 8 p.m. every Friday at Marion Center Presbyterian Church, (724) 397-8606.

• Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, for emergency services personnel such as ambulance crews, firefighters, law enforcement officers and any others who respond to critical incidents, meets every six weeks. In offering debriefing services, the team helps prevent the negative impact of acute stress on emergency workers and helps with the recovery process. For more information, call The Open Door at (877) 333-2470.

• Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group is available through Excela Health. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

• 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.

• I Can Cope, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Herbert L. Hanna Center for Oncology Care, is an educational series for cancer patients and their caregivers. Register no later than the Monday before. Contact Kristen at (412) 919-1078 or email Kristen at Kristen.Hillebrand@cancer.org.

• Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group is held quarterly at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Call (877) 771-1234 for more information.

• La Leche League provides mother-to-mother information and support for those planning to breast-feed or are currently breast-feeding. The group meets at 10 a.m. the last Wednesday of the month in the IRMC Outpatient Building, classrooms A&B. For information or 24-hour support, call (724) 463-4661.

• Narcotics Anonymous meeting sites have changed recently. Call (888) 251-2426 for meeting times, dates and locations.

• Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the HealthSouth Harmarville Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, call (412) 828-1300.

• Weight Watchers provides information on weight loss for a fee. For more information, call (800) 651-6000 or visit www.weightwatchers.com.

• 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.

GRIEF SUPPORT

• 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 meets at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email skelly17839@gmail.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.

• 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.

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