September 22, 2013 1:50 AM

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


• The Alice Paul House is seeking individuals to volunteer their time and talent by providing crisis intervention and counseling to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. They are offering training courses in paraprofessional crisis intervention counseling for those interested in helping their victims/survivors. Participants may become members of their volunteer corps by completing their training program. For more information, contact Melodee at (724) 349-4444.

• Aging Services is holding a Thrift Shop from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Indiana Social Center, 1001 Oak St., Indiana. Donations of gently used clothing will be accepted.

• Jacksonville Presbyterian Church Clothing Closet provides free clothing the last Saturday of the month. For more information, call (724) 726-8895 or (724) 479-8237.

• United School District is still accepting 4-year-old students from the surrounding areas for their Pre-K Counts classroom. This program runs five days per week and is a full-day program, 8:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Qualifying students will receive tuition-free programming, free breakfast, lunch and snack daily. Interested families can contact the United Elementary School at (813) 446-5615, ext. 1312, for an application. The first day of class is scheduled for Tuesday; however applications will be accepted through Oct. 18.

• Flu shots will be offered at the following:

—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Anew Home Health Agency, 1380 Route 286 East, Building 2, Suite 203, Indiana, Monday to Friday. Shots are $20 per injection. Various insurances will be accepted. Watch for the ad in the paper to receive a 10 percent discount. For more information, call (724) 465-9224.

—The VNA of Indiana and Aging Services Inc. will be offering flu shots at the following: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Chestnut Hills Social Center, 26 Heybert Drive, Blairsville; 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Armagh Fire Hall; 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aultman Social Center, Aultman Fire Hall; 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Indiana Social Center, Oak Street, Indiana; 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Mahoning Hills Social Center, 10298 Route 119, Punxsutawney; 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Indiana Social Center, Oak Street, Indiana.

Bring your Medicare insurance cards. Cost for self-pay is $8. For children and those with other insurances, it is recommended that you get your flu shot from your doctor. For more information, call (724) 349-5000 or (800) 442-8016.


• The Newman Center Used Book Sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at St. Thomas More University Parish and Catholic Student Center. There will be 37 categories of books, records, tapes, CDs, videos, sheet music and more priced 50 cents to $3. For more information, call (724) 463-2277.

• The Indiana County Humane Society’s Demolition Derby, “Crash for Critters,” will be held Saturday at the Indiana County Fairgrounds. For more information, call (724) 465-3977

• Burrell Township Library’s Yard Sale will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library parking lot. Take your own table and set up with them. There is no fee for the space, however donations are appreciated. Advertisement will be provided by the library. For more information, call (724) 248-7122.

• The Fourth Annual Run/Walk for Shelter will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday in Divine Destiny Ministries’ parking lot. Registration is $15 including a T-shirt before the event, and $20 for same-day registration. This event benefits Family Promise. For more information, call (724) 464-5220.

• “Christopher Beckman: A Talk for Parents and Teachers” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Holiday Inn, White Township. Artist and former Ralph Lauren model Christopher Beckman’s substance abuse and his homosexuality were tabloid fodder during his stint on MTV’s “Real World: Chicago.” Sober for 12 years now, he will lead a talk candidly discussing his struggles with addiction, his recovery and how he deals with the “real world” today in an environment constantly surrounded by temptation. This event is free and open to the public. There will be light refreshments. The event is coordinated by Marion Center Area School District.


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Indiana County, will hold a general meeting on education and advocacy from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 398 Church St., Indiana. The public is welcome.


• 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.

• A Breast Cancer Support Group, for individuals who have had breast cancer meets the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call (724)357-8081 for location.

• Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group is six times per year at IRMC. Call (724) 357-7164 for more information.

• 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 who are currently breast-feeding. The group meets at 10 a.m. the last Wednesday of the month in the IRMC Outpatient Building, classrooms A&B. For information or 24-hour support, call (724) 463-4661.

• 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.

• Mothers of Preschoolers, or MOPS, provides Christian-based groups with opportunities to make friends with other moms and share encouragement and practical tips for surviving the preschool years. For mothers of preschoolers from birth to age 5 and expectant mothers. Groups meet as follows:

First Assembly of God Church, Indiana, 9:30 a.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, (724) 349-8180.

• 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

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

• National Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter provides referrals to meetings, services and agencies. For more information, call (800) 272-3900.

• Parents of children with asthma can find information and support through Healthy Lungs PA at (800) 220-1990.

• Reach to Recovery is for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to receive support, information and resources through visits and conversations with trained breast cancer survivors. Call (800) 227-2345.

• Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Independent Living of South Central PA, Altoona. For more information, call (800) 237-9009.

• 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.

• Trauma Services Caregiver Support Group will be held at Family Behavioral Resources Indiana Clinic every fourth Monday of the month. Do you know a child who demonstrates challenging behaviors? Are the child’s family members struggling with feelings of frustration regarding caring for this child? Does this child have a history of out-of-home placements, trauma, abuse or neglect? This group is designed for parents, caregivers and foster parents of children who have experienced loss, out-of-home placement, adoption or other emotionally charged events. Register with Katie Stormer at (724) 465-0369 or


• 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 skelly 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, 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.

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