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• 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; or

• The Angels’ Wings Christmas Gift Program will start taking applications in September. To qualify, a family’s income must fall within the 150-percent Poverty Guidelines. Applications will be taken from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16, 18, 20, 30, Oct. 2, 4, 16, 18, 28, 30, Nov. 1, 4, 6 and 8 at the ICCAP Office Building, 827 Water St. All applicants must bring proof of income for all household members, valid ID for parent/guardian and Social Security cards for each child and adult living in the household. For information, call (724) 465-2657.

• The Treasures for Children Christmas Gift Program will start taking applications in September. Applications are available from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 17, 25, 30, Oct 7, Nov. 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Salvation Army, 635 Water St. The program is open to children from birth to age 14. Applicants must bring a valid driver’s license/ID, Social Security cards for all members of the household, proof of income, birth certificates for all children, proof of address and proof of all bills for the last 30 days (rent, mortgage, electric, water, gas, insurance, phone, cable, loans and other bills). Please know your child’s three wishes and clothing sizes to receive gifts at a later date. For information, call (724) 465-2530.

• 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.

Kid’s Kamp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 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

• 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 There is a waiting list at this time.

• 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.

• Apply for a car seat loaner and get it properly fitted through the Car Seat Safety and Loaner Program sponsored by the Citizens’ Ambulance Service. 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.

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.

• 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 serves 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 serves 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 serves 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 on the 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 is open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and the second Saturday of every other month.

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 Sept. 26. 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. 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. 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 Suicide Task Force of Indiana County is having a Chipotle Fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday. Present a flyer to the cashier, and a percentage of the sales will be donated to the Suicide Task Force. For a flyer, email Brandy at or call (724) 463-8200, ext. 2.

• A free Financial Literacy Collaboration Workshop will be held from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Commonwealth Bank, 654 Philadelphia St. 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

Parents In The Know, A Program for Engaging Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, sponsored by The Alice Paul House, will be held with five session options: 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

Mental Notes: Suicide Prevention begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Rustic Lodge, 2199 Oakland Ave., White Township. Suicide is a major risk to a person suffering from physical and emotional stress. However, there are a lot of things to prevent suicide and help those who are at risk. Join the Suicide Task Force of Indiana County for a presentation on suicide prevention, featuring keynote speakers Dr. Ralph May, Community Guidance Center, and Dr. Joseph Buzogany, Indiana Regional Medical Center. To register, call (724) 357-8088.

Bad Luck Happens, Continuity of Operations Plan, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Dr., White Township. This training will help plan for the aftermath of multiple kinds of disasters. A COOP plan addresses emergencies from an all-hazards approach. It establishes policy and guidance, ensuring that critical functions continue and that personnel and resources are relocated to an alternate facility in case of emergencies. The cost is $20 per person plus event registration fee. Breakfast is provided. Speakers include Bob Winters, DHS Protective Security Advisor, Pittsburgh District; John Pividori, Deputy Director, Indiana County Emergency Management Agency; and Cheryl Lutch, Corporate DR & Systems Entitlement Manager, S&T Bank. Register at For information, call (724) 463-8200, ext. 8, 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.

“All About Baby” workshops focus on getting to know baby, visits to the doctor, immunizations, bathtime fussiness, safety, child care and infant nutrition. It is held at the Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Urgi Care Center, second floor. For costs, dates and times, call (724) 357-7075.

• Seven classes to teach volunteers how to help in time of disaster are offered by the American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge, 610 Kolter Drive, Indiana:

Disaster Health Services Orientation teaches participants to organize and administer DHS function at the local level and to initiate a larger operation.

Disaster Mental Health Services: An Overview helps participants learn how DMHS supports disaster relief workers and people affected by disasters.

Disaster Services: An Overview teaches how the Red Cross fits in when there is a disaster and how you can help your community.

Family Services: Providing Emergency Services teaches participants to interview disaster victims and provide them with necessary emergency assistance.

Introduction to Disaster teaches participants about the Disaster Services function of the American Red Cross and how you can help your community.

Shelter Operations teaches the process of opening and managing a shelter during a disaster.

Damage Assessment teaches how to assess of damage to homes and areas affected by disaster.

For more information on any of these programs, call (724) 465-5678.

• Indiana Regional Medical Center holds Childbirth Weekends. For more information, call (724) 357-7075.

• 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.

Medical Fitness is a supervised, structured exercise program for inactive adults or those at risk for health problems. Any adult who wishes to improve their fitness level or health is invited to attend. For more information, call Indiana Regional Medical Center at (724) 357-8088.

Tobacco Cessation Course, a four-week program for those who have resolved to quit smoking, is offered by Excela Health, Latrobe. One-on-one counseling and telephone support are available. Times and locations vary. For more information, call (724) 689-1891 or (877) 771-1234.


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

Autism Awareness Parent Support Group is held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at Indiana Total Therapy, 2010 Shelly Drive, White Township. The group provides dialogue and peer support for parents and caregivers with individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum. For more information, call (724) 762-5464 or email

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.

• 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.

• 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.