Indiana, PA - Indiana County


on March 10, 2013 3:00 AM

Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.


The Open Door is moving to the second floor of the Atrium building, 665 Philadelphia St., Suite 202, Indiana, on Friday. All phone numbers will remain the same. The Alcohol and Other Drug Services will reopen for business on March 18. The Mental Health Crisis Hotline and Walk-In Service will not be interrupted and will remain open for business as usual at the new location.

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.

Midday Rotary Funding is available to fund projects that implement innovative ways of enhancing community and international volunteer service. The average award is $300. However, awards of up to $1,000 are granted. Award amounts are based on the merit of the project. Funded projects benefit the local and world community and reflect the mission of Indiana Midday Rotary. Projects also contribute within at least one of the avenues of Rotary Service.

Organizations must complete an Indiana Midday Rotary 2013 Grant Application to be considered for funding. Please note: Indiana Midday Rotary will not fund personnel or general operating expenses. In some cases, specialized, sub-contracted services are funded. Organizations must demonstrate their not-for-profit or nonprofit status to be eligible for funding. Indiana Midday Rotary grant applications are due April 15. If you want an application or have questions about your organization's eligibility to receive Indiana Midday Rotary funding, please email Brian Parks at

My Best Friend's Closet, sponsored by Saltsburg United Methodist Church, offers free, gently used clothing from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church. The closet will be open this Saturday.


ABC's of Baby-sitting is a class offered at IRMC as a two-day program for boys and girls 12 and older. Students will learn how to prepare for an interview for a babysitting job, keep a journal, and 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 emergency services, do CPR and care for a choking victim. Cost is $50. For more information, call (724) 357-7075.

Beginning Yoga, 5 p.m. Wednesdays at IRMC, (724) 357-8088.

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.

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

Disaster Mental Health Services: An Overview helps participants understand the function within the American Red Cross Disaster Services Program. Participants will learn how DMHS supports disaster relief workers and people affected by disasters. For more information, call American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, (724) 465-5678.

Disaster Health Services Orientation, American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, teaches participants to organize and administer DHS function of the local level and to initiate a larger operation. For more information, call (724) 465-5678.

Eat Well for Life I and II are four-week lifestyle improvement programs promoting wellness and longterm weight management through balanced nutrition, cooking demonstrations and other hands-on experiences. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

HOPE is a four-week lifestyle management program focusing on how to have stronger bones to live a longer, healthier life. The program provides an overview of osteoporosis, education on healthy nutrition, physical exercise, medication options, stress management and more. Call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

Low Impact Exercise, through Aging Services Inc., is for people age 60 and older. Classes are conducted at five senior center locations by a trained instructor. You do not have to be a senior center participant to attend. For more information, call (724) 349-4500 or (800) 443-8016.

Parent-Infant Massage is offered the first and third Friday of every month 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.

Personal Nutrition Coaching is a personalized program designed by a registered dietitian to address the needs of an individual seeking nutrition counseling relating to weight management, heart health or diabetes. For more information or an appointment, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

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, please contact Betsee Beunier at or (724) 354-2746 ext. 318.

The Spectrum Program, a six-week course based on the findings of the Dean Ornish Program for reversing heart disease, is held at 6 p.m. at the Indiana Regional Medical Center. Call for cost, dates, more information and to register at (724) 357-8088.

Yoga for Health shows how yoga is suitable for most adults because of the nonstrenuous nature and how it can be useful to help relieve symptoms associated with some conditions, such as cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Classes meet at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at IRMC. For information, call (724) 357-8088.


Small Games of Chance Training, sponsored by Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Belmont Complex in Kittanning. It is free and includes dinner. Sgt. James Jones, PA State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, will be the trainer. There is limited seating. Call (724) 354-2746 for more information or to register.

The American Red Cross will host a "Paint the County Red Gala" at 6 p.m. March 21 at Indiana Country Club. The meal is free, though an RSVP and donations are appreciated. Tickets to "buy" the many baskets will be available. There will be an auction for six to eight items valued more than $1,000; chances on a diamond ring valued at $2,500 will be $20. Call Tessie at (724) 465-5678 for more information.


"Let's Have Dinner Together," with family and friends of The Arc of Indiana County, will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ponderosa Restaurant, White Township. The group meets on a monthly basis to discuss Arc programs and provide an opportunity for networking. For more information, call (724) 349-8230.


Adult Caregiver Support Group meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana, for adults caring for other adults. For more information, call (724) 465-2015.

Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders Family Support Group, through Family Behavioral Resources, meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Airport Professional Center, Suite 524, 1380 Route 286 East, White Township. A social skills group meets in conjunction with the support group. Children of all ages and developmental skills are welcome. For more information or to register, call (724) 465-0369.

Alzheimer's Support Group, sponsored by Hillsdale Nursing & Rehab meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Citizens' Ambulance Station, Hillsdale. Call Kim Neff at (814) 743-6613 for more information.

Bariatric Education and Support Group is for individuals contemplating or recovering from weight loss surgery. The group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the last Wednesday pf each month at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. 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. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

Drug/Alcohol Family Education Support Group is for individuals seeking to learn more about addiction and the impact addiction has on the family. The program is a partnership with The Open Door and Armstrong-Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission. An eight-week curriculum will be offered at The Open Door from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. For more information or to register, call Sharon at (724) 465-2605, ext. 18.

Gluten-Free Support Group provides information on how to manage diet, recipes and resources that may be useful to those on a gluten-free diet. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

Indiana Area Celebrate Recovery, sponsored by the Harvest Anglican Church and the Homer City United Methodist Church, will be held at the Homer City United Methodist Church each Thursday from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. At 6:15 p.m. there will be an optional light meal and fellowship for $4.50. At 7 p.m., the large group meeting begins, led by a pastor or a deacon. A newcomers meeting and open share groups will be offered at 8 p.m., and fellowship at 9. Child care is offered at no charge. The group is 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. Participants share their experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. Celebrate Recovery provides a safe place for individuals to start dealing with their life's hurts, hang-ups and habits. Some examples of recovery issues are: codependency, chemical addiction, sexual addiction, eating disorders, anger issues, depression and/or loss, etc. Call (724) 599-6699, (724) 479-8682, or email Pastor or HarvestAngli can for more information.

HIV/AIDS support for people living with HIV/AIDS meets two times per month through UPMC Lee Regional Community Care Management. All support group meetings are facilitated by a social worker. For more information, call (814) 534-6732 or (866) 429-1583.

Moms and Babes support and play group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at IRMC Outpatient Building, 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.

Men's Anger Group, Catholic Charities, meets in Greensburg. A registration screening is required. For more information, call (724) 463-8806 or (866) 409-6455.

Narcotics Anonymous meeting sites in Indiana County have recently changed. For referrals to meetings, services and activities, call (888) 251-2426.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Greensburg. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.


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

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 will begin in late February and will meet at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email skelly17839@ or visit

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.

Registration is not necessary, and participants may join at any time in the series.

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.

VNA Family Hospice and Palliative Care Grief Support meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Robinson Lytle Funeral Home. Contact the Rev. Horace Derr at for more information.

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