Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.
• United Way of Indiana County is pleased to announce that funding is available through its grant program for eligible nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a solid programmatic plan for meeting critical human service needs in Indiana County. Applications may be obtained by contacting the United Way office at (724) 463-0277 or at www.uwindianacounty.org under Partner Agencies/2013 Grant Application. The deadline for applications is July 26. United Way provided 12 grants totaling $17,051 in 2012 with an average grant amount of $1,420. These grants were utilized for services provided by organizations demonstrating how to Live United through education programs, employment/activities for youth with disabilities, building parenting skills, health programs, back-to-school programming, and other initiatives.
• Gambling mini-grants are available through the AIC Drug and Alcohol Commission. The purpose of these grants is to assist individuals and agencies in educating their local communities on issues relating to both problem and compulsive gambling. The mini-grants will cover speakers and alternative issues relating to both problem and compulsive gambling. The mini-grants will cover speakers and alternative activities as well. Examples of alternative activities include camp outs, movie night, open skate night, etc. For more information, contact Carrie Bence at (724) 354-2746, ext. 306, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jennifer McCroskey at (724) 354-2746, ext. 309, or email@example.com.
• The “My Bike” program is seeking eligible children for adaptive bikes. Variety, the Children’s Charity, is seeking children with disabilities throughout Indiana County. The purpose of the “My Bike” program is to provide adaptive bicycles to children living with a disability so they may have the freedom of a bike and the joy of riding alongside friends. To learn more about the program or to view the application, visit http://www.varietypittsburgh.org/BikeApplication.asp or call Variety at (412) 747-2680.
• The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers a shingles vaccine. If you are age 50 or older, uninsured or underinsured, the shingles vaccine should be on your to-do list. The vaccine helps prevent shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus stays in your body and can resurface any time as shingles, a painful, blistering rash. Even if you feel healthy, your risk for shingles increases as you get older. This is free and available at the local PA Department of Health. Call (724) 357-2995 for more information.
• Katie’s Closet provides free clothing for adults and children from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays upstairs at Zion Lutheran Church, Church and Sixth streets, Indiana. Use the glass door entrance on the Church Street side of the building.
• Christos Clothes Closet provides free clothing for adults and children from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Homer City United Presbyterian Church, 40 E. Elm St., Homer City. Use the red door behind the Dollar Store. For more information, call (724) 479-2695.
• 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.
• AL-ANON meets at 7:45 p.m. every Thursday at The Open Door, Indiana, (724) 726-5406 and 8 p.m. every Friday at Marion Center Presbyterian Church, (724) 397-8606.
• 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.
• 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.
• Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group is available through Excela Health.
For more information, call (877) 771-1234.
• 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.
• Epilepsy Education and Support is available for parents of children diagnosed with Epilepsy. For more information, call (800) 361-5885 in Pittsburgh, (814) 262-7494 in Johnstown, or the Excela Health Call Center at (877) 771-1234.
• 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 PastorHAF@gmail.com or HarvestAnglican@gmail.com 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.
• Men’s Anger Group, Catholic Charities, meets in Greensburg. A registration screening is required. For more information, call (724) 463-8806 or (866) 409-6455.
• Narcotics Anonymous meeting sites in Indiana County have recently changed. For referrals to meetings, services and activities, call (888) 251-2426.
• New Mom Moments is a series for pregnant and/or postpartum parents with babies younger than 1 year. To register, call (724) 357-7075.
• Stroke Education and Support Group meets through Excela Health. This group is for individuals and families who have had a stroke and provides information on living with a stroke, lifestyle changes and care options. Registration is required. For information, call (877) 771-1234.
• Weight Watchers provides information on weight loss for a fee. For more information, call (800) 651-6000 or visit www.weightwatchers.com.
• The Hepatitis C Education Support Group meets at noon. the first Tuesday of the month and at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Arc Manor in Kittanning. This group provides information and support that you need to live with, get treatment, 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.bowser fh.com.
• 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 will meet at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 open to the public. Call (724) 463-4499.
• 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.
• 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.