Human services office lists programs, events
Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.
• Southwestern PA Food Security Partnership works to provide individuals 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 Indiana County. For more information, contact Amber, Indiana County’s SNAP outreach coordinator, at (724) 219-9618.
• The Indiana County Department of Human Services and the United Way of Indiana County have partnered with PA 2-1-1 Southwest to bring a free human services helpline to Indiana County. County residents are now able to dial 2-1-1 and be connected with a live operator 24 hours a 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, child care, and other health and human service resources. Go to www.pa211sw.org, www.humanservices-countyofindinana.org or www.uwindianacounty.org for more information.
• 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.
• My Best Friend’s Closet, sponsored by Saltsburg United Methodist Church, offers free, gently used clothing from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the church. The closet will be open Saturday.
• Community Kitchen will provide free meals from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Church of the Resurrection, Clymer. For information, call Cindy Briggs at (724) 397-9498. Community kitchen is also looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve meals.
• First United Methodist Church of Marion Center’s Clothing Closet will provide free clothing from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. For more information, call (724) 397-5517.
• 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.
• 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.
• Childbirth Preparation Series is a four-part series is designed to prepare women at 32-36 weeks for giving birth. The class is offered four consecutive Tuesday evenings each month at Indiana Regional Medical Center. For information, call (724) 357-7496.
• 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.
• Clear the Air is a one-session program that can give you the tools you need to get prepared, take action, stay motivated and quit smoking for good. For more information, call Indiana Regional Medical Center at (724) 357-8088.
• 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.
• Discover Relaxation Within I and II are four-week lifestyle improvement programs promoting wellness through stress management. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.
• 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.
• Introduction to Disaster classes teach how the 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.
• Keep on Dropping is a free weight management support group to keep those who have lost weight recently motivated. Join a team of coaches at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the IRMC Women’s Imaging Center Library. For more information, call (724) 357-8088.
• 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. Held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at IRMC-Chestnut Ridge, Burrell Township. Call (800) 227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org for more information.
• 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.
• Parent-Infant Massage is offered the first and third Fridays of every month from 5 to 6 p.m. 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.
• Smoke Free For Life classes are offered at IRMC. Call for next session dates. Key topics covered in both sessions include understanding the habit, developing a plan to quit and maintenance strategies. The classes are free courtesy of the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission. For more information or to register, contact Betsee Beunier at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 354-2746, ext. 318.
• 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.
• Adoption Support, Catholic Charities, provides meetings based on need. For information, call (724) 463-8806.
• Cancer Support Group, (724) 248-1814; The Phoenix Support Group meets every week, call for location and time.
• Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, meets Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Harrold Zion Lutheran Church, Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.
• Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group is available through Excela Health. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.
• Community Psychiatric Centers Parent Support Group offers speakers on autism, ADHD, behavior, dyslexia and depression one Monday per month in Blairsville. Register at (724) 850-7200.
• Diabetes Support Group provides a dietitian and clinical nurse specialists to help people with diabetes develop and practice self-management. Call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.
• 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.
• Grandparents as Parents provides information and support to family members who are actively involved in the lives of others’ children through ARIN IU 28. Child care is available. For information and to find out when and where the next session is, call Andrea at (724) 463-5300, ext. 1235.
• 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 9:30 a.m. the third Friday of the month at the IRMC Institute for Healthy Living. For more information, call (724) 357-8088.
• ICD Support Group is for those with an implantable cardiac defibrillator and their support people. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.
• Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group is held quarterly at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Call (877) 771-1234 for more information.
• 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. Groups meet as follows:
— Blairsville Free Methodist Church, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., first and third Wednesday, with a $25 registration fee for MOPS International (scholarships available). For more information, call (724) 459-5255.
— The Summit Church, White Township, 9:15 a.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, (724) 349-8180.
• Moms and Babes support and play group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Indiana Regional Medical Center’s UrgiCare Center, second floor, classrooms A&B. Registration is not required. For information, call (724) 357-7496.
• One Stitch at a Time, a knitting and sharing hour, will be offered Tuesday at IRMC’s Women’s Imaging Center Library at 10 a.m. This hour is for women in cancer treatment or those who are moving beyond cancer. Call (724) 357-8081.
• Nurturing Parent Program, through the Child Advocacy and Relationship Enhancing Center, Indiana, provides general information on child discipline, nurturing, child development, parents of teens support and nurturing oneself as a parent. For dates and times, call (724) 463-8595.
• 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.
• Arc of Indiana County’s annual garage sale will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mack Park Fairgrounds. Donations of clean, usable items will be accepted at the fairgrounds this week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations will also be accepted Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. No discontinued tube televisions or computer monitors will be accepted. Call (724) 349-8230 or (724) 465-6341 for more information.
• Family and friends of The Arc will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ponderosa restaurant, White Township, for Let’s Have Dinner Together. This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss The Arc programs and provide an opportunity for networking.
• 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 email@example.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 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the church library. Registration is not necessary and participants may join at any time in the series. Call (724) 349-5556 for the date of 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.