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Human services programs and events scheduled

on December 31, 2013 10:45 AM

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


• Trauma in the Woods will be held Thursday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Center. There will be free hunter safety presentations, vendors, prizes, first aid demonstration by Citizen’s Ambulance paramedics and EMTs. For more information, call (724) 349-5511 or

• Evergreen Conservancy’s fall program, “Geocaching 101,” will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday at Blue Spruce Park’s Lakeside Lodge. For more information, call (724) 471-6020 or email

• The Health Insurance Marketplace is now open. Certified application counselors are available to help with answering questions about the types of coverage available on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 9 a.m. to noon walk-ins; 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment in the CareerLink Building, 300 Indian Springs Road. For more information, call (724) 354-2746 ext. 313.

• Calvary United Methodist Church’s “Clothes of Many Colors” free-clothing Clothing Closet will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in Brush Valley. For more information, call (724) 479-8290.


• ABC’s of Babysitting provides training for girls and boys ages 12 and older regarding the responsibilities of babysitting. The student will be prepared to interview for a babysitting job, keep a journal, and learn 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 EMS, and do CPR and care for a choking victim. Meets at Indiana Regional Medical Center Outpatient Building, classroom A7B. For more information, call (724) 357-8088. Cost is $50 per student.

• A Baby-Sitting Class, held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, 610 Kolter Drive, will provide youths who are planning to baby-sit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a baby-sitting business; keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. The recommended age for this course is 11 to 15 years old. Bring a lunch and beverage. Students must be escorted into the classroom by their parent or guardian to sign in and leave an emergency contact phone number. The class fee is $85. Call (800) 733-2767 or go to for dates and time or to register.

• 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.

• Daily Steps to Less Stress, a six-week lifestyle improvement program, helps identify and reduce individual stressors through specific relaxation techniques. The programs are educational and experimental by teaching participants to employ the techniques in everyday life. The program cost $65, with no charge to Highmark members; call the Indiana Regional Medical Center, (724) 357-8088, for dates and times.

• Drop 10 Pounds in 10 Weeks is a weight-management program designed to help you lose 10 pounds of your body weight in 10 weeks with regular exercise, balanced nutrition, lifestyle changes and group motivation. This innovative program shows you how to add a healthy balance to your life with the power of 10. Get the Drop 10 in 10 tool kit, which includes all the tools you need to make real changes for real results. For more information, cost, dates and times call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• Early Pregnancy focuses on a healthy pregnancy, lifestyles and what to expect with physical and emotional changes, doctor visits and diagnostic testing. The free class begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at IRMC. For information, call (724) 357-8088.

• Evening Tai Chi is a six-week beginner Tai Chi class designed to teach basic Tai Chi form to seniors. Tai Chi reduces pain and improves mental status and physical well-being. The program cost is $30 and the next session begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Register by calling the IRMC Institute for Healthy Living, 2010 Shelly Drive, White Township, at (724) 357-8088.

• Family Services: Providing Emergency Services teaches participants how to interview disaster victims and provide them with necessary emergency assistance. Participants should have attended Disaster Services: An Overview training prior to this class. For more information, call American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, at (724) 465-5678.

• Heartsaver/AED is a program that teaches adult, infant and child CPR, AED use and what to do if someone is choking. The program is $35 through IRMC. For more information, call (724) 357-8088.

• Home Alone and In Control, IRMC, (724) 357-7075. Program for children 12 and older; teaches home-alone skills and time management.

• 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.

• Shelter Operations teaches the process of opening and properly managing a shelter through the American Red Cross. For more information, call the Indiana chapter at (724) 465-5678.

• 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

• Six and eight week yoga classes in four different yoga styles are offered on a rotating basis at Excela Health Hospitals. Call for more information (877) 771-1234. • 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.


• 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; 9 p.m. Fridays at Indiana Church of the Bretheren; 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) 357-8088.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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


• The Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition will meet 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission in Shelocta. A free breakfast will be provided. For more information, contact Jennifer McCroskey at or by calling (724) 354-2746 ext. 309.

• The Community Support Program will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Indiana Borough Building. For more information, call Joe Budjos at (724) 349-4450 or (724) 548-3451.

• The Indiana County Early Care and Education Committee will meet at noon on Tuesday at ARIN IU#28. For more information, call (724) 463-8200 ext. 18.

• The Children’s Advisory Commission of Indiana County will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at ARIN IU#28. For more information, call (724) 463-8200 ext. 18.

• The Community Disability Awareness Workgroup will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday at The Arc of Indiana County, 120 North Fifth Street. This is a group of community members working together to provide information about disabilities to members of our community to help us get to know each other better and to make our community a better place for everyone.


• 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 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.

• Survivors of Suicide Group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Neuropsychiatric Associates Inc., IRMC Complex, Medical Arts Building, Suite 2200, Indiana. Gather together with others who understand the impact a death of suicide can have. Cost is $30.

Initial intake at Neuropsychiatric Associates for possible insurance coverage. Call for more information, (724) 464-0270.

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