HUMAN SERVICES CALENDAR
August 10, 2014 1:45 AM

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Christos Clothes offers a variety of clothing for adults and children, free of charge from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Homer City United Presbyterian Church, 40 East Elm Street, Homer City. For more information, call (724) 479-2695.

• First United Methodist Church of Marion Center’s Clothing Closet will provide free clothing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday in Marion Center. For more information, call (724)-397-5517.

• Katie’s Closet will provide a wide variety of clothing, free of charge, for adults and children from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church (upstairs) on the Corner of Church and Sixth Streets in Indiana.

• Community Kitchen will provide free meals from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Church of the Resurrection in Clymer. Community Kitchen is also looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve meals, for information call Cindy Briggs at (724) 397-9498.

• The Creekside Area Food Pantry, for residents of Creekside, Ernest, and Washington Township, will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Creekside United Methodist Church. Appointments are also available by calling (724) 463-6004.

• Aging Services,Inc. runs a thrift shop from 8:30 to 11:30 am and 1 to 2:00 pm at the Indiana Social Center, 1001 Oak Street, Indiana. Donations of gently used clothing are accepted. Call (724) 349-4500 for more information. 

• Aging Services Inc.’s Apprise Program is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help all Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are trained staff and volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare and provide objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare. For more information, call (724) 349-4500.

• The Attire to Aspire/PA Workwear Program is looking for donations. The program is in need of gently used, modern, up-to-date summer clothing for women and men (in their 20s). The Women’s sizes needed are 0-to 26 (especially sizes 20 through 26). Women’s items needed are business casual slacks for women in black, khaki, navy, and brown, and business casual tops and blouses. Men’s sizes and items needed are 32W to 36W business casual slacks (Dockers) in black and khaki. To donate, bring items to the Department of Human Services at 300 Indian Springs Road, Suite 203. If you have any questions, call Maureen, (724) 463-8200 ext.17. Your contributions are appreciated.

• The Indiana County Department of Human Services and the United Way of Indiana County partnered with PA 2-1-1 Southwest to bring a free human service Helpline to Indiana County. County residents are able to dial 2-1-1 and be connected with a live operator 24 hours per day, seven days a week, who can connect them with human services help. Please share this number with family and friends who may not be sure where to turn for help with such things as emergency shelter, food banks, crisis intervention, childcare, and other health and human service resources. Go to www.pa211sw.org; www.uwindianacounty.org or www.humanservices-countyofindiana.org for more information.

• The Salvation Army hosts Kids Supper Club every Tuesday evening. Join them for a meal, fellowship, activities and worship. For more information, call (724) 465-2530.

• The Salvation Army’s Kicks for Kids Program provides shoes for children in need, so they can attend school in comfort and with dignity, better prepared to learn and play. The Salvation Army is hoping to surpass last year’s goal by providing shoes to 350 (or more) children. For more information, call Shari at (724) 465-2530 or Kathleen at (724) 349-9333.

• The Southwestern PA Food Security Partnership works to provide people and families with the resources necessary to live a hunger-free life, providing easy sign-ups and information regarding the SNAP (Food Stamp) program throughout all of Indiana County. Contact Amber, Indiana County SNAP Outreach Coordinator, at (724) 219-9618

• Tickets are available now for the third annual September 30-Day Giveaway fundraiser from the United Way of Indiana County. Tickets are $10 from any United Way Board Member, at select businesses in Indiana County, at the United Way Office, (724) 463-0277, or at the Indiana County Fair. Drawings will begin the first day of September, with prizes ranging from $100 to $200 in cash and prizes each day. At the end of the month, there will be a grand prize of $1,300.00, co-sponsored by First Commonwealth Bank, S&T Bank, PSECU, and Indiana First Bank. The prizes are sponsored by more than 30 county individuals and businesses.

• ICCAP’s Community Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is taking referrals for the program. Individuals must be 60 or older and fall within the 130% income guidelines. Call (724) 463-7440 for more information.

• The Allegheny County Health Department’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Program offers eligible homeowners and renters free inspections that identify health and safety hazards and offer recommendations on how to make their homes healthier. It is available to residents of 11 counties, including Indiana County. The program offers a visual inspection for potential hazard. To qualify, a family must own or rent a dwelling in one of the 11 counties, have someone 17 or younger living in the home, and be at or below 300% of federal poverty guidelines ($69,151 for a family of four). For more information and to apply, call (412) 350-4048.

CLASSES

• 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.

• New Baby Day Camp, for children ages 3 to 7 whose family is expecting a new baby, gives kids lessons before the new baby comes home. For more information, call Indiana Regional Medical Center at (724) 357-7496.

• Breastfeeding Workshop teaches expectant mothers about feeding baby and pumping and storing breast milk. The class is held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the IRMC UrgiCare Center, second floor. Registration is required. For information, call (724) 357-8088.

• Adult CPR is held at American Red Cross’s Indiana County Headquarters, 610 Kolter Drive, White Township. For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit www.redcross.org.

• Disaster Mental Health Services: An Overview helps participants understand the function within the American Red Cross Disaster Services Program. Participants will learn how DMHS supports disaster relief workers and people affected by disasters. For more information, call American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, at (724) 465-5678.

• Infant/Child CPR is held at IRMC. This is a 2½-hour workshop concentrating on learning what to do for an infant or child who is choking or has a respiratory or cardiac arrest. For more information, date and time, call (724) 357-7075. The cost is $25 per person.

• Look Good ... Feel Better is The American Cancer Society’s free program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side affects of cancer treatment. Call (888) 227-5445 for more information, dates and times.

• Preschool and Progressive Swim Classes are held in seven-week sessions at the Indiana County YMCA. Preschool is for children ages 6 months to 5 years, and progressive is for children 6 years and older. Enrollment is limited. (724) 463-9622.

• 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.

MEETINGS

• Family and Friends of The Arc are invited to “Let’s Have Dinner Together” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ponderosa Restaurant, Indiana, to discuss The Arc programs and provide an opportunity for networking.

COMING EVENTS

• The fourth annual Rotary Rally will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, check in is at Twisted Jimmy’s Bar and Lounge. Proceeds will benefit charities supported by Rotary Club of Indiana-Midday. For more info and to register, contact Wendy at (724) 422-3751 or at wendy.nyland@gmail.com.

• Learn interviewing techniques and methods to answering any interview question at a PA CareerLink Activity from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. For more information, call (724) 471-7220, toll-free at 1 (888) 573-5733 or TTY for hearing impaired at (724) 471-7221.

FAMILY SUPPORT

• Alice Paul House provides information and support for children and adults who are victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other violent crimes. For more information, call (724) 349-4444.

• Arthritis Aquatics Program is offered at various locations. For more information, call the Indiana County YMCA at (724) 463-9622, Arthritis Foundation at (800) 522-9900 or Laurel Highlands Health Center at (724) 357-9991.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Mothers of Preschoolers, or MOPS, provides Christian-based groups with opportunities to make friends with other moms and share encouragement and practical tips for surviving the preschool years. For mothers of preschoolers from birth to age 5 and expectant mothers. The group meets at 9:15 a.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, at The Summit Church, Indiana. Call (724) 349-8180 for more information.

• Narcotics Anonymous meets from 7 to 8 p.m. at Excela Heath Westmoreland Hospital and from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at Excela Health Frick Hospital.

• Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Greensburg. For more information, call Excela Health at (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.

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. Call (724) 349-5556 for the next session.

• 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 Support Group is a community support group for adult survivors who have lost a family member, close friend or co-worker to suicide or an unexpected death. The group meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday at the Community Guidance Center. Email contact@thecgc.com or call 724-463-8200 ext. 18 for more information and future meeting dates.

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