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Human services office lists programs, events

on June 29, 2014 1:44 AM

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


• The Southwestern PA 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. Contact Amber, Indiana County 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.

• The Indiana County Department of Human Services and the United Way of Indiana County partnered with PA 2-1-1 Southwest to bring a free human service Helpline to Indiana County. County residents are able to dial 2-1-1 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. Go to; or for more information.

• The Attire to Aspire/PA Workwear Program is looking for donations. The program is in need of gently used, modern, up-to-date summer clothing for women and men (in their 20s). The women’s sizes needed are 0-to 26 (especially sizes 20 through 26). Women’s items needed are business casual slacks for women in black, khaki, navy, and brown, and business casual tops and blouses. Men’s sizes and items needed are 32W to 36W business casual slacks (Dockers) in black and khaki. To donate, bring items to the Department of Human Services at 300 Indian Springs Road, Suite 203. If you have any questions, call Maureen, (724) 463-8200, ext. 17. Contributions are appreciated.

• Aging Services Inc. runs a thrift shop from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 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. 

• Community Kitchen will provide free meals from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Dixonville Wesleyan Church social hall. Community Kitchen is also looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve meals. For information, call Cindy Briggs at (724) 397-9498.

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

• Katie’s Closet will provide a wide variety of clothing, free of charge, for adults and children from 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 in Indiana.


• Narcotics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Sundays at Blairsville Free Methodist Church; 7 p.m. Sundays at Zion Lutheran Church, Indiana; 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Graystone Presbyterian Church, Indiana; 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Calvary Evangelical Church, Indiana; noon Wednesdays at Church of Christ, Indiana; 8 p.m. Fridays at Indiana Church of the Bretheren; and noon Saturdays at The Open Door, Indiana. Contact the helpline at (888) 251-2426.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 of each month at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

• Breast Cancer Support Groups are available through Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital at 6:30 p.m. every first Tuesday the 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. Call IRMC at (724) 357-7164.

• 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.

• The Hearing Loss Association of Pennsylvania meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month at the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, Pittsburgh.

For more information, call (412) 767-9769.

• Hepatitis C Education/Support Group will meet Thursday at noon The Open Door in Indiana. This group provides information and support that you need to live with, get treatment for, or prevent exposure to hepatitis. Thursday’s guest speaker will be Dr. Rob Groomes, ACMH Hospital.

• 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, and depression and/or loss. Call (724) 599-6699, (724) 479-8682, or email or for more information.

• Living with Diabetes is a recurring series that provides diabetes management information. Most insurance companies cover the costs. A physician referral is required. For more information, call Excela Health Diabetes Center at (724) 537-1066.

• Moms and Babes support and play group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the UrgiCare Center, second floor, classroom A. Registration is not required. For information, call (724) 357-7496.

• Mothers of Preschoolers will meet 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Blairsville Free Methodist Church. There is a $25 registration fee to join Mothers of Preschoolers International. Scholarships are available. Call (724) 459-6209 for more information.

• NarAnon “Gardeners for Growth” family support group meets 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays at The Open Door, 665 Philadelphia St.

Have you been affected by a loved one’s addictive drug use? Share your experience with others, find strength and hope, and learn from one another on how to deal with the pain and heartbreak that comes with loving an addict. Visit for help.

• 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. For more information, call (724) 357-8081.

• PFLAG, or Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, have local chapters of a national organization to provide safe dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity.

The group seeks to replace negativity with accurate and positive information and support.

For more information, contact the Indiana chapter at (724) 357-8309 or email

• Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

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


• A golf outing to benefit Family Promise of Indiana County will be held on Monday at the Indiana Country Club. Registration will start at 11 a.m. followed by lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shotgun start will be at 1 p.m., and dinner will be at 6 p.m..

For more information, contact Sandi at (724) 388-7747.

• The Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition (DFCC) will hold a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon, July 2, at Elderton Towne Hall. A free breakfast will be provided. For more information, contact Jennifer McCroskey at or call (724) 354-2746, ext. 309.

• Community Support Program will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Indiana Borough Building. Call Joe Budjos at (724) 349-3350 or (724) 548-3451 for more information.

• A Safe Children Meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Eat n Park. For information, contact Stephanie at (724) 349-1821.


• 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. Call (724) 349-5556 for the next session.

• 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.

For more information, 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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