Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.
• 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.
• Attire to Aspire will be collecting Workwear. It’s spring cleaning time, will you be cleaning out your closets? Attire to Aspire and the PA Workwear Program need your donations. The program is in need of gently used, modern, up-to-date spring/summer clothing for women. Women’s sizes 0 to 26, especially sizes 10 to 26, are needed, including business casual slacks in black, navy and brown and business casual top and blouses. The program is also in need of gently used or new closed toe, low heel/flat dress shoes in black and brown. Men’s sizes 32W to 36W business casual slacks in black and khaki are needed. Bring items to the Department of Human Services at 300 Indian Springs Road, Suite 203. If you have any questions, call Maureen at (724) 463-8200, ext. 17.
• If you are 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 105 pounds and are in good health, you may donate blood every 56 days. Call the American Red Cross, Indiana County Chapter, (724) 465-5678 or visit www.redcross.org/pa/indiana. To make an appointment, call (800) RED CROSS, though an appointment is not necessary.
• All About Baby is a three-hour workshop that focuses on getting to know your baby, along with visits to the doctor, immunizations, bath time, fussiness, safety, child care and infant nutrition. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.
• Baby Wearing is a free class that teaches the use of slings and different types of carriers to keep baby close to you while you are free to do other things. Classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 in Private Dining Room number 2. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.
• Beginning Yoga, 5 p.m. Wednesdays at IRMC, (724) 357-8088
• 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.
• 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. Learn dates and times and register by calling the IRMC Institute for Healthy Living, 2010 Shelly Drive, White Township, at (724) 357-8088.
• Infant/Child CPR is a workshop through IRMC that concentrates on learning what to do for an infant or child who is choking or has a respiratory or cardiac arrest. Cost is $25. For more information, call (724) 357-7075.
• Parent-Infant Massage is offered the first and third Fridays of every month through IRMC for moms, dads, babies and toddlers. Parents will learn the art of infant massage and will be guided through instruction on how to massage their own babies. Buy five classes for $20 and get one free. For more information, call (724) 357-7075.
• 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 email@example.com or (724) 354-2746 ext. 318.
• 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.
• Bring your organization closer together through fun, fitness and teamwork as team members participate in 17 different events at the YMCA’s 2013 Indiana County Cup, June 14 to 22. For more information, call Shawn or Roger at (724) 463-9622.
• The Arc of Indiana County Garage Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14 to 15 and June 21 to 22 at the Mack Park Fairgrounds. For more information, call (724) 465-6341 or (724) 349-8230.
• 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.
• Breathing Partners is a support group for people with respiratory problems. Meetings vary based on need. For more information, call (800) 220-1990.
• Connections by Choice, Catholic Charities, provides support and training for families with foster and adopted children including pre-adoptive, foreign and domestic adoptive families. Call (724) 463-8806.
• Co-Occurring Disorders Group is for anyone struggling with a mental health disorder and alcohol or substance dependency. This group will provide individuals with the opportunity to build strength, coping skills, direction, education and supports. This is an open group and will grow to incorporate topics, skills and interventions that will best meet the needs of its members. The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Community Guidance Center. For more information, call (724) 465-5576 and ask for the intake department.
• HIV/AIDS support for people living with HIV/AIDS meets two times per month through UPMC Lee Regional Community Care Management. All support group meetings are facilitated by a social worker. For more information, call (814) 534-6732 or (866) 429-1583.
• Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group is held quarterly at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Call (877) 771-1234 for more information.
• National Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter provides referrals to meetings, services and agencies. For more information, call (800) 272-3900.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.