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Human Services Calendar

by by the Indiana County Department of Human Services. on June 27, 2010 12:00 AM

Angelfood Ministries is a nonprofit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief. Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per unit.

Each month's menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60. Generally, one unit assists in feeding a family of four for about one week, or a single senior citizen for almost a month. The food is the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store. There are no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions or applications.

Orders and distribution are handled by church host sites. Orders are collected by the host sites during the first part of each month. These orders are then turned in to the Angel Food main office in Monroe, Ga., on a predetermined date. Several days later, in the same month, the host site either picks up the food from Angel Food's warehouse to fill the orders on distribution day or, because this ministry is growing nationwide, food is delivered to the host site by a pre-arranged delivery mode.

For information on that program, call (863) 393-4252. To locate the other county sites in the county, call (877) 366-3646.

n Chestnut Hills Social Center is offering evening hours Mondays for those 55 years of age and older at 26 Heybert Drive, Blairsville. Computer class will be offered at 2 p.m., with painting class at 3:30 for $2, along with Wii, cards, crafts, games, socialization and a 50/50 drawing. Dinner at 5:30 is $2.50; reservations must be made by Friday before noon. For more information, call (724) 349-4500 or (800) 442-8016, or call the center at (724) 459-5251.

n Faith in Action is for youths ages 13 to 21 to help with service projects, learning and volunteering. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at The Salvation Army. Transportation is available. For more information, call (724) 465-2530.

n Indiana Social Center is offering evening hours Mondays for those 55 years of age and older at 1001 Oak St., Indiana, from 4 to 7 p.m. Billiards, computer class, Wii, cards, crafts, games, socialization and a 50/50 drawing will be offered. Dinner is at 6 p.m. for $2.50, and reservations must be made by Friday at noon. For more information, call (724) 349-4500 or (800) 442-8016, or call the center at (724) 465-2697.

n Kids Blitz is offered through The Salvation Army from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Children ages 5 to 13 can enjoy games and crafts. Transportation is available. For more information, call (724) 465-2530.

n Saltsburg Social Center is offering extended hours for those 55 years of age or older at 212 Point St., Saltsburg, from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. A 50/50 drawing will be offered, and dinner is available at 5 p.m. for $2.50. Bingo will be offered at 6 p.m. Reservations are required before noon Tuesday. For more information, call the center at (724) 639-9055.

CLASSES read what is marked *

n All About Baby is a three-hour workshop that focuses on getting to know your baby, along with visits to the doctor, immunizations, bath time, fussiness, safety, child care and infant nutrition. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

n Breathe Easy Smoking Cessation Classes are offered through The Open Door. There are six sessions of classes, held at IRMC. To register or for more information, call (724) 465-2605, ext. 25.

n CPR Classes are offered through the Indiana County Chapter of American Red Cross. For more information, call (724) 465-5678.

n CPR Classes teach basic instruction in one-person adult and child CPR as well as choking intervention instructions. The class is designed for the layperson. For more information, call Armstrong County Memorial Hospital at (724) 543-8473.

n Diabetes Awareness Prevention is a four-week program that provides the tools needed to lower the risk for diabetes, live well with diabetes, improve eating habits, increase physical activity, manage stress and live a healthier life. Cost is $65, with no charge for Highmark members. The next class is 6 p.m. July 6. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088. *

n Drop 10 Pounds in 10 Weeks is a new weight-management program designed to help you lose 10 pounds of your body weight in 10 weeks with regular exercise, balanced nutrition, lifestyle changes and group motivation.

This innovative program shows you how to add a healthy balance to your life with the power of 10. Get the Drop 10 in 10 toolkit, which includes all the tools you need to make real changes for real results. The class begins July 7.

For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088. *

n 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 is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at IRMC. For information, call (724) 357-8088.

n Mass Care Overview teaches about helping to care for victims who are displaced from their residence during a disaster through the American Red Cross. For more information, call the Indiana chapter at (724) 465-5678.

n Ornish Advantage is a seven-week program to help prevent heart disease and improve health. The program focuses on nutrition, stress management, exercise, nutrition and group support. The next program begins at 6 p.m. July 7. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088. *

n The Spectrum Program is a six-week course based on the findings of the Dean Ornish Program for reversing heart disease. The class begins at 6 p.m. July 7 through IRMC. For more information, call (724) 357-8088. *

n Tai Chi for Seniors, developed by the Arthritis Foundation, uses gentle, flowing movements that can help decrease pain associated with arthritis. The class meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays at IRMC. Call (724) 357-8088.

n Yoga for Men teaches how practicing yoga has been shown to help with relaxation to help men be healthier in body, mind and spirit. Classes are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at IRMC. For more information, call (724) 357-8088.

n Yoga is offered from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Six- and eight-week class sessions are offered on a rotating basis at Excela Health Frick and Westmoreland hospitals. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.


n Indiana County Head Start 14th annual Golf Outing will be July 9 at Meadow Lane Golf Course with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $75 per golfer, with lunch and dinner provided. Each golfer will get a gift. All proceeds support the Head Start transportation program. For more information, call (724) 349-6200.


n AL-ANON meets at 8 p.m. every Thursday at Calvary Presbyterian Church, Indiana, (724) 726-5406 and 8 p.m. every Friday at Marion Center Presbyterian Church, (724) 397-8606.

n Alcoholics Anonymous has meetings every day of the week at various locations. 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) 349-4061.

n 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.

n Bariatric Education and Support Group is offered at several community sites through Excela Health. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

n Breathing Partners is a support group for people with respiratory problems. Meetings vary based on need. For more information, call the American Respiratory Alliance of Western Pennsylvania at (800) 220-1990.

n Connections by Choice, Catholic Charities, provides support and training for families with foster and adopted children including pre-adoptive, foreign and domestic adoptive families. Call (724) 837-1840.

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

n Emotions Anonymous is for those dealing with emotional difficulties. The group meets from 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

n Family Caregivers Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Aging Services Community Center, Indiana, with a special focus on Alzheimer's Care. For more information, call (724) 349-4500.

n ICD Support Group is for those with an implantable cardiac defibrillator and their support persons. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

n Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group, a group for those using or contemplating the use of insulin pump therapy, meets quarterly at Excela Health Hospitals. Call (877) 771-1234.

n Living with Ostomy Education and Support meets quarterly at Excela Health hospitals. For information, call (877) 771-1234.

n La Leche League provides mother-to-mother information and support for those planning to breast-feed or currently breast-feeding. The group meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the IRMC Outpatient Building, classrooms A&B. For information or 24-hour support, call (724) 463-4661 or (724) 463-9890.

n Moms Club of Indiana is a support group for stay-at-home moms. The group meets weekly. For more information, call Krystal at (724) 465-6504 or e-mail momsclubofindiana

n Narcotics Anonymous provides referrals to meetings, services and agencies. For more information, call (800) 494-3414.

n Nar Anon, for families and friends of addicts, meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Punxsutawney Christian School, Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney. Enter through the rear of building. For more information, call (724) 397-1220.

n Overeaters Anonymous meets at 11 a.m. Saturdays at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, Conference Room B.

n Reach to Recovery is for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to receive support, information and resources through visits and conversations with trained breast cancer survivors. Call (800) 227-2345.

n Right From the Start, Swing Your Baby, is a series for pregnant and/or postpartum parents with babies under one year. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-7075.

n Strength in Autism Support Group, Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Excela Health Call Center at (877)-771-1234.

n Stroke Education and Support Group meets through Excela Health. For information, call (877) 771-1234.

GRIEF SUPPORT all are the same

n Bence-Mihalcik Funeral Home offers a support group and a bereavement lending library with booklets, videos, etc. For information, call (724) 349-2000.

n Bowser-Minich Bereavement Support Services, (724) 349-3100 or (888) 923-5550. Offers a bereavement lending library. Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

n Coping with Loss Grief Support Group is a six-week series held at various community locations. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

n Curran Funeral Home Grief Support Group, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg. Call (724) 639-3911 for dates, times and location.

n GriefShare is a special seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Sessions are held at two area churches. Faith Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Old 119 North, White Township, offers a fall session and a mini session around the holidays. Graystone Presbyterian Church, Indiana, offers sessions in the spring and fall. Registration is required. For more information, call Faith Orthodox at (724) 463-3623, or Graystone at (724) 349-5556.

n Highmark Caring Place, through the Caring Foundation for Children, Pittsburgh, offers support groups weekly or biweekly for grieving children, adolescents and families. For more information, call (888) 224-4673.

n Hopeful Hearts is a child-focused family bereavement support service, funded in part by Highmark Healthy High 5. Hopeful Hearts provides peer support at no cost for every member of a family when someone close to the family has died.

Peer support for bereaved children helps them grow through their grief and may prevent the need for more individualized intervention in the future. Families meet one evening every other week in a safe, caring and confidential environment.

After gathering for a light meal and conversation, family members move into small, age-appropriate groups where trained volunteers enable each family member to receive peer support that encourages exploration and sharing of experiences, feeling and memories of the special person who has died.

For more information about this program or volunteer opportunities, call (724) 349-3888 or (877) 349-3888, or e-mail

n John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home offers a bereavement support group open to the public. For more information or to register, call (724) 463-4499.

n Pregnancy Loss Support Group provides support for families who are grieving the loss of their baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

n Richard Shoemaker Funeral Home Support Group, Blairsville, (724) 459-9115; information and support offered by phone.

n Robinson-Lytle Funeral Home offers a bereavement library with books, videos and other information for adults and children. For more information, call (724) 349-9700.

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