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on March 17, 2013 2:50 AM

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


The Staunton Farm Foundation invites nominations for the fifth annual Albert B. Craig Jr. Award for Innovation in Behavioral Health. This award honors the memory of Dr. Albert B. Craig Jr., who served as president of the Staunton Farm Foundation's Board of Trustees and was a man of innovation and creativity. The award will recognize people who have challenged society to think in fresh ways about problems and solutions in behavioral health. It provides a cash prize of $5,000.

Application and guidelines can be found under "announcements" at:; Nominations are due by April 1.

Habitat for Humanity of Indiana County is in need of volunteers. They are asking for individuals who believe in their mission of eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to make affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action, to step forward and become a new board member. They also are in need of volunteers to help with the physical labor. They will soon be working on a new storage building in Plumville -- cleaning, building shelves and organizing the shop. They usually work on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, go to or call (724) 397-8943.

Christos Clothes Closet provides free clothing for adults and children from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Homer City United Presbyterian Church, 40 E. Elm St., Homer City. Use the red door behind the Dollar Store. For more information, call (724) 479-2695.

The American Red Cross, Indiana County Chapter will take blood donations from persons 16 years of age or older who weigh at least 105 pounds and are in good health. You may donate blood every 56 day. No appointment is necessary. Call (800)-GIVELIFE for an appointment.


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 can attend. For information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

Lamaze Birth of the Family classes prepare parents for pregnancy changes, birth and parenting roles. Evening and day classes are available at IRMC. For information, call (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.

Logistics: Disaster Preparedness Training is a study of providing the support services for a disaster relief operation including transportation, facilities and supplies through American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters. To register, call (800) 733-2767 or go online at

Infant/Child CPR is a workshop through IRMC that concentrates on learning what to do for an infant or child who is choking or has a respiratory or cardiac arrest. Cost is $25. For more information, call (724) 357-7075.

Introduction to Disaster classes teach how American Red Cross fits in when there is a disaster and how you can help your community. For more information, call the Indiana chapter at (724) 465-5678.

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 effects of cancer treatment. For more information, to register, or to learn more about this program, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

Ornish Advantage/Spectrum helps to prevent heart disease and improve health with a six-week program focusing on nutrition, stress management, exercise, nutrition and group support. For dates and times, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

Survey/Damage Assessment teaches how to make assessment of damage to homes and areas affected by disaster through American Red Cross. Disaster Services: An Overview should have been attended prior to this training. For more information, call (724) 465-5678.

Water Exercise Classes are held at the Indiana County YMCA. Classes are arthritis, swimnastics and aqua aerobics. The seven-week sessions are excellent for individuals with joint problems and/or those who cannot exercise on land. Non-swimmers are welcome. For more information, call (724) 463-9622.

Six and eight week yoga classes in four different yoga styles are offered on a rotating basis at Excela Health Hospitals. Call for more information (877) 771-1234.


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.

Breathing Partners is a support group for people with respiratory problems. Meetings vary based on need. For more information, call (800) 220-1990.

Breast Cancer Education and Support Group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information contact Excela Health Call Center at (877) 771-1234.

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.

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.

Gam-Anon is offered from 8 to 10 p.m. Monday at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Call (877) 771-1234.

National Alzheimer's Association Greater PA Chapter provides referrals to meetings, services and agencies.

For more information, call (800) 272-3900.

New Mom Moments is a series for pregnant and/or postpartum parents with babies younger than 1 year. To register, call (724) 357- 7075.

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

Parents of children with asthma can find information and support through American Respiratory Alliance of Western PA at (800) 220-1990.

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.

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.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets weekly on Thursday at the Clymer Methodist Church. Weigh-in is at 5:15 and the meeting begins at 5:45 p.m. Visit or call (724) 465-6389 for more information. At the Graystone Presbyterian Church, Indiana, meetings are held Mondays, with weigh-in at 5:30, meeting at 6:30 p.m. At Martin Hall in Tanoma, meetings are held Thursday, weigh-in at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. meeting.

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.

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.


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

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 or visit

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. For more information, 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.

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