Posted on: November 16, 2017

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week continues

November 11 – 19, 2017 is dedicated to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness.  This week is designated to educate the public, draw attention to the problem of poverty, and build up the base of volunteers and supporters for local anti-povert...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 14, 2017

Greensburg nonprofit distributes free clothing

Visitors to downtown Greensburg probably noticed a few things that seemed out of place Monday: plastic bags filled with hats, scarves and mittens affixed to light poles, parking meters and other conspicuous locations.

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Posted on: November 14, 2017

Westmoreland groups raise awareness for homeless, hungry

Westmoreland Community Action officials will recognize National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week with several events, starting with a candlelight vigil Monday night at the Westmoreland County Courthouse.

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Posted on: November 13, 2017

Community Holiday Meals in Westmoreland Co.

There's no need to be alone on the holiday. Please see this list of area agencies and churches that will be serving community holiday meals.

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Posted on: November 6, 2017

Latrobe, Greensburg homeless shelters have beds ready for winter

When the weather outside is fit for neither man nor beast, a group of Westmoreland County social service agencies is guaranteeing the homeless a place to stay.

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

Greensburg now home to clinic that helps veterans with PTSD and addiction issues

The growing problem of substance abuse and the growing numbers of veterans who are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder means there are plenty of people who are dealing with both issues.

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

Westmoreland County families grow through annual 'Adoption Day'

Latisha Igoe was ready to let the world know about the 1-year-old boy she has mothered for months.

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

United Way needs volunteers to provide free tax prep

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania hopes to recruit more than 470 volunteers to provide free tax preparation services to eligible area wage-earners from January through mid-April.

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

Applications accepted for LIHEAP grants

The Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program begins accepting applications Nov. 1 for cash grants sent directly to the utility company or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

Valley Points Family YMCA in New Kensington mentors tomorrow's leaders

Jerry Jefferson asked a roomful of young men at the Valley Points Family YMCA in New Kensington what they would do if they had $2,000.

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

Help Operation Reindeer make the holidays happier

Torrance Operation Reindeer 2017

Donations Needed for Operation Reindeer!

Operation Reindeer is Mental Health America’s annual drive to provide Christmas gifts for Westmoreland County residents at Torrance State Hospital (TSH), a long term facility for psychiatric patients.

We ar...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 31, 2017

Delmont PD: 'Bail' scam targeting Delmont, Blairsville residents

Delmont police chief T.J. Klobucar is warning residents to be wary if someone from a “law firm” calls asking about a grandchild who has been arrested.

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Posted on: October 31, 2017

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Laurel Region will honor supporters at Thursday event

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region will recognize more than a dozen individuals and organizations Thursday at its third annual Celebration of Mentoring awards event.

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Posted on: October 31, 2017

Report: Pa. among worst states for criminals with serious mental health issues

In a first-of-its-kind report, an advocacy organization that ranked how well states care for inmates with serious mental illness gave Pennsylvania a “D” grade.

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Posted on: October 24, 2017

Here are a few suggestions on how to choose a nursing home

Here are a few suggestions on how to choose a nursing home

JULIAN GRAY AND FRANK PETRICH

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

OCT 23, 2017

Finding a nursing home can be a daunting task whether it is for you or your spouse, parent or friend.

As many as two-thirds of us, at ...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 20, 2017

Wolf vetoes bill to impose work requirements for Medicaid

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf is vetoing legislation to impose work or job search requirements for certain Medicaid recipients.

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Habitat for Humanity is having banner year in Westmoreland after decade of struggling

Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity is looking for new ways to expand its mission.

Major renovations on two Greensburg homes are nearing completion, and the organization is in the midst of a series of smaller projects to help low-income homeowners.

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Community HealthChoices meeting draws questions, concern

The state Department of Human Services is presenting more than 40 community meetings over several weeks in the 14 counties for which Community HealthChoices takes effect Jan. 1.

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Tips on making a home more accessible without major construction

For those who need a more accessible living space, outfitting your home for walkers, wheelchairs, scooters and other assistive devices requires forethought and planning. But it doesn’t have to involve major renovation projects or big budgets.

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

New Faith in Action program launched for active adults

From the Latrobe Bulletin:

Laurel Faith in Action staff member Sibby McLaughlin, rider Minnie Bishop, new rider Beverly Kreuzberger, guide Sandy Romano and staff member Dee Kane participate in first guided trip of the new program.Laurel Faith in Action lau...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 2, 2017

Medicare enrollment assistance

APPRISE, The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, provides free, confidential information and counseling to all Medicare beneficiaries. APPRISE will hold free information and comparison events throughout the enrollment period. Schedule an appointmen...

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

Move to close Pennsylvania state-care facilities panned, hailed by advocates of disabled

A bill pending in the Pennsylvania House has exposed fissures in the disability-rights community over the viability of large state-run institutions that care for the disabled.

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Posted on: September 19, 2017

HealthChoices meetings announced

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BEGINNING JANUARY 2018

Community HealthChoices (CHC) will be the service program for persons enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance); individuals enrolled in Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities; and Medicaid-eligible consumers wh...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 14, 2017

University leaders speak out against sexual violence

Elected officials, law enforcement, victim advocates & university representatives from campuses in Allegheny & Westmoreland counties gathered at the University of Pittsburgh Monday to reaffirm their commitment to ending sexual assault on college campuses.

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Changes ahead for seniors selecting Medigap supplement insurance

A plan to shut the doors on the most popular insurance policies used by retirees on Medicare will soon present difficult decisions for people choosing Medigap supplement insurance.

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Posted on: August 18, 2017

State names Teresa Miller acting secretary for Human Services

Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania's insurance commissioner and a native of Oregon, has been named Pennsylvania's acting Human Services secretary, effective Monday, according to a message sent to department staff.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Mental illness and homelessness are connected. But not how you might think

“Look around. It’s here,” Rep. Timothy F. Murphy (R-Pa.) said during a recent visit, describing why he sees Step Up’s residential programs as a national model.

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Posted on: May 11, 2017

Have you lost a Loved One who suffers from addiction?

Date, time, and location of the grief support groups for Mental Health America

Mental Health America is opening their doors to anyone who has lost a loved one who suffers from addiction. The "Loving and Losing - The War on Addiction" grief support group begins May 31st at 7 p.m. and will meet the last Wednesday of every mo...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Substance Abuse Forum and Education, Penn-Trafford HS, Sept. 20th

(S.A.F.E.) Substance Abuse Forum and Education WHERE: PENN TRAFFORD HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM WHEN: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 TIME: 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. In an effort to deal with the ongoing drug crisis and its effect on our youth in Westmoreland County, ...

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Pitt study links exercise, delay in mental decline

There's no question exercise is beneficial on many fronts, and a new study links calorie-burning in older people to delaying the onset of cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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