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on December 08, 2013 1:45 AM

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


• The Burrell Township Library will be offering a free movie from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday for children. If you like animated monsters, you will love this movie. In addition, they will offer Story Hour on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Ms. Roxie will read to children and lead them in songs that encourage learning while having fun. Next date is Tuesday.

• The Energy Conservation and Weatherization Project, offered by Community Action Partnership, Jefferson County, services eligible Indiana County residents. Information is available by calling (814) 938-3302 or (800) 648-3381, ext. 208.

• The Southwestern Pennsylvania Food Security Partnership works to provide people 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 all of Indiana County. For more information, call Amber, the Indiana County SNAP outreach coordinator, at (724) 219-9618.

• Pick a Wish is a social media program run by community members to assist families in need over the holidays. Those in need post their wish and others who feel they can help answer their wishes and make arrangements to meet and share items can reply. This is strictly volunteer, no eligibility requirements.

• Pick A Wish is also offering a holiday party at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at The Eagles Lodge in Indiana. They are asking for help with small toy donations, such a s cars, dolls, books and balls to help Santa. No monetary donations. For more information, visit or email

• Toys for Tots is looking for volunteers to help with distribution. In northern Indiana County, contact Janeen Love at (814) 938-3302, ext. 236; for the rest of the county contact Sgt. Jerome Huffman at (814) 472-6440, ext. 242.

• Professional Elder Care Services Inc. is now offering services to residents of Indiana County. They provide a broad range of services for seniors and their family services. They provide a broad range of services for seniors and their families: representative payee, geriatric case management, power of attorney. For more information, visit or

• The PA Department of Health offers HIV testing and syphilis testing that is free and confidential. Call (724) 257-2995 to schedule an appointment.

• 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 Saturday.


• Adult CPR is held at American Red Cross’s Indiana County Headquarters, 610 Kolter Drive, White Township. For more information, 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.

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

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

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

• 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. (724) 463-9622.

• Strong Women Strong Bones is a 10-week strength training course to help manage osteoporosis. The program includes a pre- and post-assessment and two days of strength training each week. For information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• 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.


• The Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission is hosting a public meeting to inform the public about the Affordable Care Act and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Certified application counselors will be available to provide information about the application process and answer questions about the types of coverage. The next meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chevy Chase Community Center, White Township. For more information, call Mike at (724) 354-2746, ext. 315.

• Family and Friends of The Arc’s Let’s Have Dinner Together will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ponderosa restaurant, White Township. This group meets on a monthly basis to discuss The Arc programs and provide an opportunity for networking.



• Arthritis Aquatics Program is offered at various locations. For more information, call the Indiana County YMCA at (724) 463-9622, Arthritis Foundation at (800) 522-9900 or Laurel Highlands Health Center at (724) 357-9991.

• Breathing Partners is a support group for people with respiratory problems. Meetings vary based on need. For more information, call (800) 220-1990.

• Caregiver’s Support Group, a monthly support group for caregivers of people 60 years of age and older. Are you giving care to someone and would benefit from learning new tips, exchanging ideas, providing your expertise to others and giving emotional support to others?

This group may be for you. Meetings are at 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. For more information, call Rene at (724) 349-4500 or (800) 442-8016.

• Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, for emergency services personnel such as ambulance crews, firefighters, law enforcement officers and any others who respond to critical incidents, meets every six weeks. In offering debriefing services, the team helps prevent the negative impact of acute stress on emergency workers and helps with the recovery process. For more information, call The Open Door at (877) 333-2470.

• 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

• Keep on Dropping is a free weight management support group to keep those who have lost weight recently motivated. Join a team of coaches at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the IRMC Women’s Imaging Center Library. For more information, call (724) 357-8088.

• Narcotics Anonymous meets from 7 to 8 p.m. at Excela Heath Westmoreland Hospital and from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at Excela Health Frick Hospital.

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

• Alice Paul House provides information and support for children and adults who are victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other violent crimes. For more information, call (724) 349-4444.

• 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 www.grasp

• 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.

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