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• The Summer Food and Fun, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Summer Food Program, is free for all children age 18 and under. No registration is required. Indiana County sites include the Blairsville School District, Church of the Resurrection-Clymer, Homer-Center School District, Indiana Free Library, Mack Park Pool Concessions Stand, Poet’s Village, Penns Manor School District, Purchase Line School District, Regency Square, Saltsburg School District and United School District. All the school district sites are being offered in partnership with the Evergreen After School Club programming. For information, call 211, text FOOD to 877-877. For information on the Evergreen After School Club, call (724) 910-1323 or visit www.evergreenasc. org.

• The Open Door is offering a “Youth Crisis Walk-in Weekend Program” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays at The Open Door, 665 Philadelphia Street, Suite 201. Youth can speak with a crisis worker about whatever crisis they may be experiencing (school, family, bullying, LGBT+, drugs, alcohol, addiction, anxiety, depression or any other issue). The program is free. If Sundays aren’t convenient, walk-in hours are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays. For more information, call (724) 465-2605.

• The Open Door offers Family Intervention Services. Have a loved one struggling with addiction? Are they resistant to getting treatment? Want to get them help but not sure how? The Open Door is offering alcohol and other drug interventions. For more information about costs or an appointment, call (724) 465-2605.

• The Open Door offers Gambling Services. Are you preoccupied with gambling? Do you constantly plan how to get more gambling money? Do you try to get back the money you lost by gambling more? Call The Open Door at (724) 465-2605 and learn about their Gambling Services.

• The accessAbilities, Inc., “Little Learners, Parent-Child Play Group,” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Indiana County Head Start/Early Head Start, 155 N. Clymer Avenue. The program is for children birth to age 3. For more information, call (877) 822-8272 or visit www.accessabili

• The Office of Child Development and Early Learning opened the new Early Learning Resource Centers across the state. Indiana County is in Region 3, where the ELRC is in Butler County which serves Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana and Lawrence counties. The ELRC will combine two programs, CCW, better known as “CCIS,” and Keystone STARS, on a regional level. The CCIS is a subsidized child care program helping low-income families pay their child care fees. Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for certified child care providers. The ELRC will provide families, early learning service providers and communities with information and access to services that support high-quality child care and early learning programs. For more information, call (724) 285-9431 or (888) 864-1654.

Kid’s Kamp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month through 2019 at The Montgomery Church of the Brethren, 5227 Purchase Line Road, Commodore. The free camp is for children in kindergarten through grade 8. For more information, call (724) 254-9720 or email pastor@montgomery

Laurel Legal Services changed the way they serve their clients. They no longer have physical office locations in Indiana and Armstrong counties. Individuals will still be able to obtain advice and possibly representation from Laurel Legal Services. For more information, call (800) 253-9558 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• The Indiana County Office of Planning and Development offers a Housing Accessibility Program that provides financial assistance in the form of a grant to Indiana County residents with permanent physical disabilities. The work performed will enable residents to maintain their independent living status by modifying their homes to accommodate their disability. Eligibility requirements must be met including income and homeownership guidelines.

For more information, contact Tina Coleman at (724) 465-3872 or us.

• The PA Department of Health is offering vaccines/immunizations by appointment only at the Indiana County State Health Center, 75 N. Second St., Indiana; the Blairsville Community Center, 101 E. North Ave., Blairsville; and Plumville Presbyterian Church, 168 Main St., Route 85, Plumville. Free STD testing is offered at the Indiana location. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call (724) 357-2995.

— Free STD Testing is available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Indiana County State Health Center, 75 N. Second St., Indiana. No appointment is necessary.

— Free STD Testing is available from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every third Tuesday at the Indiana County State Health Center, 75 N. Second St., Indiana. By appointment only.

• Apply for a car seat loaner and get it properly fitted through the Car Seat Safety and Loaner Program. The program is held at and sponsored by the Citizens’ Ambulance Service and is by appointment only. Call (724) 349-5511.

• The Indiana state police barracks will be offering free car seat checks on the third Wednesday of each month. All families must register ahead of time with Trooper Greenfield at (724) 357-1998. Do not show up at the barracks without registering in advance.

Naloxone (Narcan) training is offered by the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (i.e., prescription pain medication or heroin). It blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and can restore breathing within two to eight minutes to prevent death. Anyone can obtain free naloxone by completing training with a staff member. Call to schedule an appointment in Indiana County at (724) 463-7860 or in Armstrong County at (724) 545-1614.

• The Salvation Army Food Pantry is open to the public. Photo ID is required and appointments are encouraged but not mandatory. For more information, call (724) 465-2530.

• The Salvation Army Family Fellowship Meal will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 28 at The Salvation Army, 635 Water St. The cost is $5 per person and includes entr←e, vegetable, roll, dessert and drink. Registration is required. For information, call (724) 465-2530.

• 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 able to dial 211 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, child care, and other health and human service resources.

• Aging Services, Inc.’s, Caregiver Support Program is for caregivers providing for loved ones over the age of 60 or raising grandchildren due to the inability of the parent to care for them. The program may be able to assist you with expenses needed to care for these loved ones.

For more information, call (724) 349-4500 or (800) 442-8016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

• 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 and provide objective, easy-to-understand information about Medi-care.

For more information, call (724) 349-4500.

• Aging Services Inc. runs a thrift shop from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the Indiana Social Center, 1001 Oak St., Indiana. Donations of gently used clothing, books, shoes, jewelry and kitchenware are accepted. Call (724) 465-2697 to make arrangements to donate.

• The Saltsburg Social Center holds a community breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday. Breakfast is open to the public and no reservations are needed. The cost is $2.50.

For more information, call (724) 639-9055.

• The Chestnut Hills Social Center holds a community breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (724) 459-5251.

• The Mahoning Hills Social Center holds a community breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Monday. No reservations are needed. The cost is $2.

Elder Abuse Awareness Program; In Pennsylvania, elder abuse is defined as abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment. The signs of elder abuse may not always be easy to read. If someone you know needs help, call Aging Services Inc. at (724) 349-6190 24 hours a day. Reporter’s identities are never disclosed.

• Aging Services Inc. holds the aquatics water program for those age 50 or older from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Zink Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. The class consists of aerobics done in the shallow end of the pool, so knowing how to swim is not necessary. Cost is $4 per class. For more information, call (724) 349-4500 or (800) 442-8016 and ask for Vicki.

• A Home Cooked Evening Meal is offered at 5 p.m. every Monday at the Chestnut Hills Social Center, 26 Heybert Drive, Blairsville. The meal is for individuals age 55 and over, and the cost is $3.50. Many different activities and events are scheduled each week. Reservations must be made by noon the day of the meal by calling the center at (724) 459-5251.

• A Home Cooked Meal is offered at 5 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Saltsburg Social Center, 212 Point St., Saltsburg. The meal is for individuals age 55 and over, and the cost is $3.50. There is a 50/50 drawing as well as other events and activities. Reservations must be made by noon the day of the meal by calling the center at (724) 639-9055.

Creekside Area Food Pantry, for residents of Creekside, Ernest and Washington Township, is open from 10 a.m. to noon the second Thursday of the month at the Creekside United Methodist Church. Appointment times are also available. For more information, call (724) 463-6004.

My Best Friend’s Closet, sponsored by the Saltsburg United Methodist Church, is a free, gently used clothing closet that takes place from 9 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of every other month. The next day is July 13.

Community Kitchen is looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve meals. The kitchen is open from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month in the social hall at Dixonville Wesleyan Church; the second Thursday at Church of the Resurrection, Clymer; and the third Thursday at Penn Run Christian Outreach Center. For more information, call Cindy Briggs at (724) 397-9498 or visit

• New Life Community Church is hosting “Indiana County Soup for Souls,” a free meal for any community member, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month in the old K-Mart store, Indiana Mall, 2334 Oakland Ave., White Township. The next meal will be June 27. For more information, visit Indiana County Soup For Souls on Facebook.

Katie’s Closet provides a wide variety of free clothing for adults and children from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday (not Christmas Eve or Christmas if they fall on a Monday) at Zion Lutheran Church (upstairs) on the corner of Church and Sixth streets in Indiana.

• A variety of free clothing for children and adults will be available from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17 and Oct. 12 at Christos Clothes Closet, Homer City United Presbyterian Church, 40 E. Elm St., Homer City. Use the red door behind the Dollar Store. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (724) 479-2695.

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

Free clothing will be available from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. the last Saturday of the month at Jacksonville Presbyterian Church’s clothing closet in Kent. The closet is closed in November, December and January, and will be open weather permitting in February and March. For more information, call (724) 726-8895 or (724) 479-8941.

• The Indiana County chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for donors. If you are 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 105 pounds and are in good health, you may donate blood every 56 days. Minors must have parental permission. No appointment is necessary. Call (800) RED-CROSS, the Chestnut Ridge Chapter at (724) 834-6510, the Indiana County chapter at (724) 465-5678 or visit for more information.


• The Chevy Chase Community Center “Souper Sandwich Fridays” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the center, 640 N. Fifth Av., White Township. Cost is $6 for soup, bread and dessert and $8 for soup, sandwich and dessert. Order by 2 p.m. on the Thursday prior by calling (724) 463-0674 or faxing (724) 463-0694. Orders can be picked up, delivered or dine in at the center.

Chevy Chase Community Center Summer Program will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 9, at the center, 640 N. Fifth Avenue, White Township. The fun-filled program is for ages 6 to 12 and includes free breakfast and lunch, science experiments, gardening, cooking, team building, sports, music, art, animals and presentations by community leaders and volunteers. Register by calling Deb at (724) 463-0674 or email

• The Salvation Army’s Summer Day Camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 1. Cost is $30 per week. Space is limited. For information, contact Megan at (724) 465-2530 or

• Chevy Chase Community Center’s “Basic Educational Principles Program,” will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. every other Friday through Aug. 23 at the center. There will be a guest speaker. Enjoy lunch at the soup kitchen, stay afterwards to meet new people and connect with the community. For information, call (724) 463-0694.CLASSES

ABCs of Baby-sitting provides training for girls and boys ages 12 and older regarding the responsibilities of baby-sitting. The student will be prepared to interview for a baby-sitting job, keep a journal and learn how to feed, entertain and care for an infant, toddler, preschooler and school-age child. Students will also learn first aid for emergencies, how to activate EMS and do CPR and care for a choking victim. The two-day class (five hours each day) meets at Indiana Regional Medical Center Urgi Care Center, second floor. Cost is $50 per student. For more information, call (724) 357-7075.

American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge Baby-sitting: Designed primarily for youths age 11 and over, this online course will prepare students to be better baby sitters. Topics include how to provide care for infants and children, how to stay safe, what to do in an emergency, how to choose age-appropriate activities and how to recognize and handle a variety of behaviors. Students will also learn the basics of starting a baby-sitting business. The course consists of six interactive modules featuring video, activities, games and tools baby sitters can use to build their knowledge and skills and manage their baby-sitting business. This course, which includes a final exam at the end, takes about four hours to complete. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a printable certificate. For more information or to register for the Health & Safety Training courses offered, visit and click on Training & Certification at the top of the page.

Aqua Aerobics, designed to tone muscles and strengthen the cardiovascular system, is held at the Indiana County YMCA. Non-swimmers are welcome. For more information, call (724) 463-9622.

First Step Joint Replacement Education is for patients anticipating a hip or knee replacement surgery at Excela Health, Latrobe. Morning or evening sessions are available monthly on a rotating basis. For more information, call (724) 689-0100.

• 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. Call to find out program dates. The program is held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Indiana Regional Medical Center — Chestnut Ridge Blairsville. For more information or to register, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

• New Baby Day Camp, for children ages 3 to 7 whose family is expecting a new baby, gives siblings-to-be lessons before the new baby comes home. For more information, call Indiana Regional Medical Center at (724) 357-7075.

• Water Exercise Classes are held at the Indiana County YMCA in seven-week sessions for individuals with joint problems and/or those who cannot exercise on land. Classes offered are Arthritis, Swimnastics and Aqua Aerobics. For more information, call (724) 463-9622.


All Recovery and Family Recovery meets Wednesdays. For an appointment, call Ray at (724) 676-2111 or My New Leaf, Inc., at (888) 948-4424. Family Recovery provides both information and guidance that family members need to make the necessary and often painful choices that family recovery requires. Group members reach out in empathy to newcomers who are facing the fresh, private grief of addiction and accompany them on their healing journey to recovery.

• A Bariatric Surgery Community Meeting is held at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday and last Wednesday of the month at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call the Excela Health Call Center at (877) 771-1234.

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

“Celebrate Recovery,” a recovery ministry based on biblical principles with a goal to let God work through individuals in providing his healing power through a Christ-centered 12-Step program, is held from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays at Homer City United Methodist Church and at 6 p.m. Mondays at Word of Grace Fellowship, 603 S. Fifth St., Indiana. Participants share their experiences, strengths and hopes with each other. Celebrate Recovery provides a safe place for individuals to start dealing with their life’s hurts, hangups and habits, including codependency, chemical addiction, sexual addiction, eating disorders, anger issues, depression and/or loss. In Homer City, participants can pay $4.50 for an optional light meal and fellowship at 6:15 p.m. The large group meeting begins at 7 p.m., newcomers meeting and open share groups at 8 p.m. and a fellowship at 9 p.m. Child care is offered at no charge. For more Homer City information, call (724) 479-2015. For more Word of Grace Fellowship information, call (724) 541-4875 or email

Drug and Alcohol Family Education Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at The Open Door, in partnership with the Armstrong-Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission. This is a free eight-week curriculum for individuals seeking to learn more about addiction and the impact addiction has on the family. Participants must be 18 or older, unless accompanied by an adult. Register at (724) 465-2605, ext. 125.

Grandparents Supporting Others will be held at the Alice Paul House. For dates, times and location, call (724) 349-4444. This group was created to assist grandparents and caregivers acting as a parental figure in their grandchildren’s lives. Through education, encouragement and group discussion, grandparents will be given the opportunity to support other grandparents in the community.

La Leche League provides mother-to-mother information and support for those planning to breast-feed or currently breast-feeding. For meeting dates, times and locations; information; or 24-hour support, email

Narcotics Anonymous offers referrals to meetings, services, agencies, etc. For meeting information, call (888) 251-2426 or visit

National Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter provides referrals to meetings, services and agencies. For more information, call (800) 272-3900.

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

Saving Our Sanity (SOS) meetings to support parents/guardians of children struggling with behavioral health concerns are held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Salvation Army, 635 Water St., Indiana. For more information, (724) 465-2530.


• Adult Grief Support is offered in six-week sessions. Dates and locations vary. For more information, call Excela Health Call Center at (877) 771-1234.

• Bowser-Minich Bereavement Support Services offers lectures and grief seminars to public groups upon request. 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

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

• GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) helps families and individuals who are grieving due to a substance misuse death and provides support via phone and private meeting. For more information, call (724) 762-3344, email or visit

• John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home, White Township, 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 that 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 Diane Giever at (724) 463-6340.

• Rairigh-Bence Caring and Sharing Grief Support Group offers a support group, in addition to a bereavement lending library with booklets, videos, etc. For time and date, call (724) 349-2000.

• Richard Shoemaker Funeral Home Support Group, Blairsville, offers information and support by phone. Call (724) 459-9115.

• Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Services are offered at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Obstetric Unit, for those suffering a neo-natal loss, miscarriage or tubal pregnancy. Trained counselors provide counseling and support and are available for private consultations by appointment. For more information, call (724) 357-7060.

• Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Support meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Riverfront Place, 810 River Ave., Suite 160, Pittsburgh. Private meetings are also available at (412) 322-5680, ext. 4, or For more information, visit

• VNA Family Hospice Grief Support Groups are open to all of those coping with grief and loss at VNA, 850 Hospital Road, White Township. The afternoon group meets at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Lori Parks at (724) 463-8711. The evening group meets for six consecutive sessions. For dates, times and more information, contact Janice Starry at (724) 463-8711.