Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.
• Clothing Closet with free clothing is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the First United Methodist Church of Marion Center.
For more information, call (724) 397-5517.
• Fun Family Film Festivals, sponsored by the Indiana Armstrong Patriots, are held at the Indiana Theater, Philadelphia Street, at 2 p.m. There is a $5 donation required per family. For a list of movies and dates, visit www.indianaarmstrongpatriots.com.
• 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 www.pa211sw.org, www.humanservices-countyofindiana.org, or www.uwindianacounty.org for more information.
• Highmark’s annual “Walk for a Healthy Community” fundraiser will be held Saturday in Pittsburgh and June 1 in Johnstown. The walk benefits 68 health and human service agencies in Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.walkforahealthycommunity.org.
• Ride/Dine for Shelter will begin at 2:30 p.m. May 19 at Hopewell United Methodist Church, near Blairsville, and end at Faith Lutheran Church, in New Florence, where there will be a Blessing of the Bikes. The event will be held rain or shine, with proceeds benefiting Family Promise, a program that provides services to homeless families. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for 7- to 12-year-olds. Admission for children under the age of 6 is free. The cost covers a meal and T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded at each stop. For more information or to register, call (724) 464-5220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• “Let’s Have Dinner Together,” with family and friends of The Arc of Indiana County, will begin 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.
• Adoption Support, Catholic Charities, provides meetings based on need. For information, call (724) 463-8806.
• 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.
• Breathing Partners is a support group for people with respiratory problems. Meetings vary based on need.
For more information, call (800) 220-1990.
• Breast Cancer Support Groups are available through IRMC at 6:30 p.m. every second Thursday at IRMC/ Chestnut Ridge Blairsville; and at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month at the Women’s Imaging Center library, Indiana.
For more information, call (724) 357-8081.
• 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 (724) 465-2605.
• 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.
• Grandparents as Parents provides information and support to family members who are actively involved in the lives of others’ children through ARIN IU 28. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Aging Services Inc. Community Center. Child care is available. For information, call Andrea at (724) 463-5300, ext. 1235.
• The Hepatitis C Education/Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at noon and the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Arc Manor in Kittanning. This group provides information and support needed to live with, get treatment for, or prevent exposure to Hepatitis C.
For more information, call (724) 548-7607 or (800) 323-1333.
• Living with Ostomy Education and Support meets quarterly at various times and locations. For information, call (877) 771-1234.
• La Leche League provides mother-to-mother information and support for those planning to breast-feed or currently breast-feeding. The group meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the IRMC Outpatient Building, classrooms A&B.
For information or 24-hour support, call (724) 463-4661.
• First Assembly of God Church provides Christian mothers of children up to age 5 with opportunities to make friends with other moms and share encouragement and practical tips for surviving the preschool years at 9:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information, call (724) 465-4662.
• Myasthenia Gravis Association offers monthly, face-to-face support group meetings. Call for the schedule at (412) 566-1545 or visit the message board at www.mgawpa.org.
• Nurturing Parent Program, through the Child Advocacy and Relationship Enhancing Center, Indiana, provides general information on child discipline, nurturing, child development, parents of teens support and nurturing oneself as a parent. For more information, call (724) 463-8595.
• 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.
• The Hepatitis C Education/Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at noon and the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Arc Manor in Kittanning. This group provides information and support that you need to live with, get treatment for, or prevent exposure to Hepatitis C.
For more information, call (724) 548-7607 or (800) 323-1333.
• 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 www.bowserfh.com.
• Coping with Loss Grief Support Group is a six-week series held at various community locations. Call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234 for information.
• 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 email@example.com or visit www.grasphelp.org.
• 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. 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 Inc. 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, White Township. 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.
• VNA Grief Support meets the third Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. at VNA, 850 Hospital Road, White Township.
The group is open to all who are coping with grief and loss. For more information, contact the Rev. Spiker at (724) 463-6340.