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• The Indiana County Back to School Bash will be held Saturday. For information, call (724) 463-8036 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• 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 offered into August include the Church of the Resurrection-Clymer, Indiana Free Library, Mack Park Pool Concessions Stand, Poet’s Village and Regency Square. For information, call 211, text FOOD to 877-877.

• 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 St., 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 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 combines two programs, CCW better known as “CCIS” and Keystone STARS — Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for certified child care providers, on a regional level. The ELRC helps parents locate day cares, provides free resource and referrals and operates the child care subsidy program which helps families pay child care costs. The ELRC provides families, early learning service providers and communities with information and access to services that support high-quality child care and early learning programs. For 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@montgomerycob. com.

• 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 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.

For more information, visit; www.uwindiana or www.humanservices

• 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 Medicare. 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 Sept. 14.

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; and the third Thursday at Penn Run Christian Outreach Center.

For more information, call Cindy Briggs at (724) 397-9498 or visit tykitchen.

• 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 Aug. 29. 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. on most Mondays (not on holidays) and 4 to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month (not on holidays) 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. Saturday and Oct. 12 and by appointment only 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.


• A free Financial Literacy Collaboration Workshop will be held from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the PA CareerLink Building, 300 Indian Springs Road, White Township. Facilitated by local bank representatives, topics include wants vs. needs, tracking spending habits, preparing a budget, living within your needs, saving money and debt repayment. For more information or to register, call (724) 464-5220 or email

• The Chevy Chase Community Center’s “Basic Educational Principles Program,” will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. every other Friday, May 10 through Aug. 23, at the center, 640 N. Fifth Ave., White Township. There will be a guest speaker. Enjoy lunch at the soup kitchen, stay afterward to meet new people and connect with the community. For information, call (724) 463-0694.

Parents In The Know, A Program for Engaging Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, sponsored by The Alice Paul House, will be held with six session options: Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27; Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24; Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 19; or Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 43 S. Ninth St. The program is designed for parents with children birth to age 15 and provides education in the areas of boundaries, bystander intervention, healthy relationships and healthy sexuality. For information and to register, call Jamie Boyles at (724) 349-5744 or email


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.

• Aging Services Inc., Yoga Classes, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Two Lick Valley Senior Social Center. The cost is $2 per class. For more information, call (724) 254-9820.

American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED: The Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies, and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Go to, click on Training & Certification at the top of the page or call (800) 733-2767, option 5, to register for this fee-based course.

• A Breast-feeding Workshop is offered at Indiana Regional Medical Center. Learn about feeding, pumping and storing milk. Registration is required. For dates and times, call (724) 357-7075.

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.

• IRMC presents “Empower Yourself & Your Health” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month for those between the ages of 18 and 64 who do not have health insurance. Get support for a healthier and happier you. The workshop is free and held in IRMC’s private dining room. For more information and to register, call (724) 427-2763.

Managing Your Diabetes is held at Indiana Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (724) 357-7164.

• 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. Call (724) 463-9622.

“Your Changing Body for Boys” addresses the emotional and physical changes of puberty for boys ages 10 to 13 and their parents. The class meets quarterly. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.


Alcoholics Anonymous. Local meetings are available. For more information, call the answering service at (724) 801-8788 or visit

Autism Support Group Of Indiana County is for parents and grandparents of children with autism. For dates, times, locations and more information, email or visit

Brain Injury Support for those with brain injuries and their family and friends is held at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Indiana Regional Medical Center, private dining room 2. For more information, call (724) 357-8088.

Breast Cancer Support Groups are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Indiana Regional Medical Center Chestnut Ridge Conference Room, Blairsville, and at 6 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at the IRMC Women’s Imaging Center Library. For more information, call (724) 357-8081.

“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

Diabetes Support Group provides a dietitian and clinical nurse specialists to help people with diabetes develop and practice self-management. Call Indiana Regional Medical Center at (724) 357-7164.

Family Peer Recovery meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the New Leaf Community Center, 736 Lincoln St., Bolivar (bottom floor of K&K Flowers and Coffeehouse). For more information, contact Kim at (724) 840-9160 or My New Leaf, Inc., at (888) 948-4424 or

HIV/AIDS Support is offered two times monthly at UPMC Lee Regional Community Care Management for those living with HIV/AIDS. All support group meetings are facilitated by a social worker. For more information, call (814) 524-3032 or (866) 429-1583.

• A Lymphedema Support Group, for those with an abnormal collection of fluid just beneath the skin, meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of January, March, May, July and November and second Monday of September in the M. Dorcas Clark, MD Women’s Imaging Center, Indiana Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (724) 357-7068.

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

Nurturing Parent Program meets at the Child Advocacy and Relationship Enhancing Center of Indiana County. The program offers general information on brain development, child development, empathy, feelings, stress and child discipline. Call (724) 463-8595 for dates and times of 12 week sessions.

“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.

• The Health South Harmarville Rehabilitation Hospital offers support groups for amputees, Parkinson’s disease, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and strokes. For more information, visit


• 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 in the evening every second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in a safe, caring and confidential environment. For 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.