Indiana, PA - Indiana County

Area agencies announce service programs and events

on July 27, 2014 1:45 AM

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, or for more information.


• Aging Services Inc. runs a thrift shop from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Indiana Social Center, 1001 Oak St., Indiana. Donations of gently used clothing are accepted. Call (724) 349-4500 for more information.

• Katie’s Closet provides a wide variety of clothing, free of charge, for adults and children. Hours are 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church (upstairs) on the corner of Church and Sixth Streets, Indiana.

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

• Attire to Aspire and the PA Workwear Program are in need of gently used, modern, up-to-date summer clothing for women. Women’s sizes 0 to 26, especially sizes 10 to 26, are needed, including business-casual slacks in black, navy and brown and business-casual top and blouses.

The program is also in need of gently used or new closed-toe, low-heel/flat dress shoes in black and brown and men’s sizes 32W to 36W business-casual slacks in black and khaki.

Bring items to the Department of Human Services at 300 Indian Springs Road, Suite 203. If you have any questions, call Maureen at (724) 463-8200, ext. 17.

• 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 Salvation Army hosts Kids Supper Club every Tuesday evening. Join them for a meal, fellowship, activities, and worship. For more information, call (724) 465-2530.


• 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.

• Children in the Middle, a program started by the Center for Divorce Education, is a parenting education class effective in 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.

• I Can Cope, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Herbert L. Hanna Center for Oncology Care, is an educational series for cancer patients and their caregivers. Register no later than the Monday before. Contact Kristen at (412) 919-1078 or email Kristen at

• Infant/Child CPR, held at Indiana Regional Medical Center, is a 2οΎ½-hour workshop concentrating on learning what to do for an infant or child who is choking, has a respiratory problem or is in cardiac arrest. For more information, dates and times, call (724) 357-7075. The cost is $25 per person.

• Logistics: Disaster Preparedness Training studies ways to provide the support services for a disaster relief operation including transportation, facilities and supplies through the American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters. To register, call (724) 465-5678 or visit

• 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. Call (888) 227-5445 for more information, dates and times.

• Smoke Free For Life classes are offered at IRMC. Call for next session dates. Key topics covered in both sessions are 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.

• Your Changing Body for Boys addresses the emotional and physical changes of puberty for boys ages 9 to 12 and their parents. The class meets quarterly. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

• Your Changing Body for Girls is a workshop addressing the emotional and physical changes of puberty for girls ages 9 to 12 and their parents. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.


• ICCAP will offer a financial workshop on budgeting, with additional information on maintaining a check register, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the second floor conference room of the Courthouse Annex Building, 827 Water Street, Indiana. Register by Tuesday; call (724) 465-2657 for more information.


• Adult Socialization Group is for adults with epilepsy through the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania. For more information, call the Pittsburgh office at (800) 361-5885.

• A Breast Cancer Support Group for individuals who have had breast cancer meets the last Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Call (724)357-8081 for location.

• CPR Review is available through American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters. For more information or to register, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

• Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

• Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group meets six times a year at IRMC. Call (724) 357-7164 for more information.

• La Leche League provides mother-to-mother information and support for those planning to breast-feed or are currently breast-feeding. The group meets at 10 a.m. the last Wednesday of the month in the IRMC Outpatient Building, classrooms A&B. For information or 24-hour support, call (724) 463-4661.

• Let’s Talk for Girls and Mothers is an opportunity for girls, ages 9 to 13, and their mothers to discuss physical changes, peer pressure, growing up and respect and empathy for changes occurring in both sexes. Cost: $15. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-7496.

• Moms and Babes support and play group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the UrgiCare Center, 2nd floor, classrooms A&B, IRMC. Registration is not required. For information, call (724) 357-7496.

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

• Nurturing Parent Program offers general information on child discipline, nurturing, child development, support for parents of teens and information on nurturing oneself as a parent at the CARE Center of Indiana County (the Child Advocacy and Relationship Enhancing Center), Indiana. Call (724) 463-8595 for dates and times.

• One Stitch at a Time, a knitting and sharing hour, will be offered Tuesdays 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.

• 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.

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


• 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 meets at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email 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 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.

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

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