September 08, 2013 1:45 AM

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


• Beginning Sept. 23, Anew Home Health Agency Inc. will be offering flu vaccinations to the public at their office at 1380 Route 286 East, Building 2, Suite 223, Monday through Friday. Anew Home Health Agency Inc. will have a booth from 8 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Indiana Mall; and from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at Curves of Clymer. Various insurances will be accepted. Private cost is $20 per injection. Take the ad found in The Indiana Gazette to receive a 10 percent discount. For more information, call (724) 465-9224.

• Creekside Area Food Pantry offers food for residents of Creekside, Ernest and Washington Township. The pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Creekside United Methodist Church. For more information or an appointment, call (724) 463-6004.

• Want to give back to your community? Earn money for college? Learn some life and job skills? You may be looking for AmeriCorps. The local AmeriCorps service program has one-year position openings in education, environmental and social services. A full-time member receives a $12,100 stipend, education grant of $5,550 and Health Insurance Coverage. For more information, visit


• Eat Well for Life I and II are four-week lifestyle improvement programs promoting wellness and long-term weight management through balanced nutrition, cooking demonstrations and other hands-on experiences. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

• Infant/Child CPR is held at IRMC. This is a 2 1/2 -hour workshop concentrating on learning what to do for an infant or child who is choking or has a respiratory or cardiac arrest. For more information, date and time, call (724) 357-7075. The cost is $25 per person.

• Look Good ... Feel Better is The American Cancer Society’s free program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side affects of cancer treatment. Call (888) 227-5445 for more information, dates and times.

• Preschool and Progressive Swim Classes are held in seven-week sessions at the Indiana County YMCA. Preschool is for children ages 6 months to 5 years, and progressive is for children 6 years and older. Enrollment is limited. (724) 463-9622.

• Strong Women Strong Bones is a 10-week strength training course to help manage osteoporosis. The program includes a pre- and post-assessment and two days of strength training each week. For information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• 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.

• 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.


• The Evergreen Boys and Girls Club’s Ruby Tuesday’s Community Give Back Program meets every Thursday. Grab your family and join them for a meal. Obtain a flier from Evergreen Boys and Girls Club and present it to your server on Thursdays. Ruby Tuesday’s will give 20 percent of your purchase to the club. For the flier and for more information, call (724) 910-6042.

• The Advocacy Group’s (TAG) sixth annual Recovery Walk 2013, Together on Pathways to Wellness, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at Riverfront Park in Kittanning. For more information, call (724) 954-7347 or (724) 762-6507. This event celebrates the 24th anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

• Understanding the Affordable Care Act” will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, White Township. Are you a business with questions or concerns about upcoming health care changes? Employers large and small facing uncertainty should attend this seminar. Registration is required for $20. For more information, call (724) 357-2323, email centerfamily or visit www.iup. edu/centerforfamilybusiness.

• The Community Education and Fellowship Committee of the Human Services Council of Indiana County will be hosting an Agency Palooza from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at 300 Indian Springs Road, White Township. Agency staff will learn about human service council member agencies and their services.

Information is available by emailing

• The Healthy Relationship Project of the Children’s Aid Society of Clearfield County’s “Fall into Fun and Improve Your Relationship!” workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19 and 300 Indian Springs Road, White Township. The workshop is free. For more information, call (814) 765-2686 ext. 229 or


• The Arc of Indiana County’s Family and Friends of the Arc “Let’s Have Dinner Together” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ponderosa Steak House. This group will be meeting on a monthly basis on the second Tuesday to discuss Arc programs and provide an opportunity for networking.


• Arthritis Aquatics Program is offered at various locations. For more information, call the Indiana County YMCA at (724) 463-9622, Arthritis Foundation at (800) 522-9900 or Laurel Highlands Health Center at (724) 357-9991.

• Breathing Partners is a support group for people with respiratory problems. Meetings vary based on need. For more information, call (800) 220-1990.

• 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.

• 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 (877) 333-2470.

• I Can Cope, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Herbert L. Hanna Center for Oncology Care, is an educational series for cancer patients and their caregivers. Register no later than the Monday before. Contact Kristen at (412) 919-1078 or email Kristen at Kristen.

• Keep on Dropping is a free weight management support group to keep those who have lost weight recently motivated and are on track to continue to lose. Join a team of coaches at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the IRMC Women’s Imaging Center Library. For more information, call (724) 357-8088.

• Narcotics Anonymous meets from 7 to 8 p.m. at Excela Heath Westmoreland Hospital and from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at Excela Health Frick Hospital.

• Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Greensburg. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

• 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.

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


• 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)


• AARP Driver Safety Program provides adults age 50 and older with a driving refresher class. Dates and times vary. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

• Big Brother/Big Sister Classes use puppets Molly and Sam to provide information for children ages 3 to 7 whose family is expecting a new baby. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• Breastfeeding is Best teaches expectant mothers about feeding baby and pumping and storing breast milk. The class is held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the IRMC Outpatient Building. Registration is required. For information, call (724) 357-8088.

• Adult CPR is held at American Red Cross’s Indiana County Headquarters, 610 Kolter Drive, Indiana. For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

• Disaster Mental Health Services: An Overview helps participants understand the function within the American Red Cross Disaster Services Program. Participants will learn how DMHS supports disaster relief workers and people affected by disasters. For more information, call American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, (724) 465-5678.

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