Human Services Department

Our Vision is toward a better integration of services among County departments and all Human Service entities accompanied by a strengthened customer service orientation that will best serve all of the citizens of Westmoreland County.  Tab through to learn more about our programs:

  1. Area Agency on Aging
  2. BH/DS
  3. Children's Bureau
  4. Juvenile Detention
 
 Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
Meet the Administrator
 Area Agency on Aging staff help seniors access free health insurance counseling, our 13 Senior Centers, visitors to the homebound, legal and consumer protection services, discounted shared rides, and vision benefits. 

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  1. Murrysville council will discuss bringing Vietnam Wall replica

    Murrysville officials on Wednesday will consider bringing an exhibit featuring a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Murrysville Community Park this fall. Additional Info...
  2. Applications open for two Greensburg Habitat for Humanity homes

    Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity has nearly finished repairing two houses on Jefferson Avenue in Greensburg, but the homes are still missing an important detail — residents. Additional Info...
  3. Couple adds 4 siblings to family with motto 'Even Superman was adopted'

    The Parke household in Jeannette was full of love on Feb. 14, but Valentine's Day was only one cause for celebration. Additional Info...
  4. School leaders say more resources needed for student mental health

    A day after an expelled student killed and wounded dozens of former schoolmates in South Florida, educators in Pennsylvania say they're working year round to support students' mental health and connect them with the resources they need. Additional Info...
  5. Summer food program looking for hosting sites

    A program that serves breakfast and lunch to children during the summer months is looking for sites where the program can be hosted. Additional Info...
  6. Free career training available to Pennsylvania's low-wage earners

    A main barrier people face in getting better-paying jobs is mental, an employment specialist said. “If you are open to possibilities and willing to apply yourself, there are opportunities out there,” said Rick O'Domes, of PA CareerLink Alle-Kiski. Additional Info...
  7. Amid federal budget battle, Pa. health clinics develop contingency plans

    What Congress does Thursday with the federal budget could have a major impact on New Kensington's Community Health Clinic and the roughly 1,400 free or low-cost health care centers like it across the United States. Additional Info...
  8. Serving community face-to-face key to Greensburg woman's success at St. Vincent

    When she started Saint Vincent College's Service Learning and Community Outreach office nearly 10 years ago, Kelly King and former colleague Jarod Trunzo didn't know where to start. So they drove around. Additional Info...
  9. Gaps found in scrutiny of assisted living homes

    WASHINGTON — Federal investigators say they have found huge gaps in the regulation of assisted living facilities, a shortfall they say has potentially jeopardized the care of hundreds of thousands of people served by the booming industry. Additional Info...
  10. Ruffsdale teen has raised more then $10,000 for children's hospital

    Margo Covalesky has been raising money for charity since she was 10 years old, and doesn't plan to stop anytime soon. Additional Info...
  11. CFWC - WESTMORELAND COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

    Are you a Westmoreland Co. Housing Authority Public Housing, Westmoreland Non Profit Housing Corporation or Section 8 tenant? Apply for a Housing Authority scholarship by 3/31 Additional Info...
  12. Empty Bowls Westmoreland is March 4th

    Mark your calendar for this event supporting the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Read on...
  13. Annual MLK event in Alle-Kiski Valley provides scholarships, inspiration

    The Rev. Pam Ramsey, an admirer of renowned civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., felt uplifted and energized Sunday by an Alle-Kiski Valley event held in his honor for the 50th year. Additional Info...
  14. Little Free Pantry helps the hungry in Lower Burrell

    A Lower Burrell church is helping feed families through a unique food pantry. Additional Info...
  15. Westmoreland County Community College will hold driving courses for seniors

    Westmoreland County Community College's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will host several AARP Smart Driver Course starting this spring. Additional Info...
  16. Panic sufferers take life back from grip of fear

    Four years ago, symptoms of panic started to keep Victoria Kolesar from venturing out of her house. The mother of five said it felt like her heart would jump out of her chest, and she feared she was having a heart attack when she was out in public. Additional Info...
  17. Medicare 101 Flyer 2018
  18. United Way offers free tax prep in Southwestern Pennsylvania

    Eligible area residents can receive free tax preparation services at 27 sites operated by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Additional Info...
  19. Who’s a good dog? Who’s a good dog? Delta wants to know before you board.

    Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it’s trained to behave itself. Additional Info...
  20. Dads Matter program helps fathers with life, parenting skills

    Thomas Abare has less time to spend with his three young children since he's started a new job in shipping and receiving. But the time he does have with his 2-year-old twin daughters, Rose and Iris, and 4-month-old son, Sebastian, is more meaningful. Additional Info...
  21. Clelian Heights students take the court at Franklin Regional

    Students from Clelian Heights in Greensburg got the chance to shine on the basketball court during the school's annual game at Franklin Regional High School. Additional Info...
  22. One program helping seniors stay at home gets no boost from another

    When the state recently transitioned some 85,000 older &/or disabled southwest Pennsylvanians into a new long-term care assistance program, a group of providers already offering comprehensive, hands-on services to the frail elderly expected to gain some. Additional Info...
  23. Want to stay young at heart and mind? Add to that friends list

    Ask Edith Smith, a proud 103-year-old, about her friends, and she'll give you an earful. There's Johnetta, 101, whom she's known for 70 years and who has Alzheimer's disease. Additional Info...
  24. Kiski Area School District tries different approach regarding truancy

    Kiski Area School District has been taking a different approach to dealing with student attendance and believes it's working. Additional Info...
  25. Lower Burrell clinic offers free pregnancy, STD, Hep C screenings

    A new facility in Lower Burrell wants to expand services for pregnant women in the Alle-Kiski Valley with free ultrasounds and STD, HIV and Hepatitis C testing. Additional Info...
  26. Westmoreland County Courthouse gets Kids Comfort Room

    The Westmoreland County Courthouse now has a Kids Comfort Room for children awaiting hearings in the family courts. Additional Info...
  27. Manor church seeks clothing donations for boutique

    A Manor church that has reached out to families and individuals in need by operating a free clothing store in Manor, is seeking donations of new and gently used winter clothing for men, women and children. Additional Info...
  28. More Western Pennsylvanians asking for help with heating bills

    The winter of 2017-18 is already shaping up to be a record-setter for natural gas use and demand for heating bill assistance that undoubtedly will follow. Additional Info...
  29. Agency on Aging's "Inside Line"

    In this issue: Mindfulness, Tools for Caregivers, Cold Weather Shelters, Volunteer Opportunities...and more! Additional Info...
  30. State committee would study rising maternal mortality rate in Pennsylvania

    In response to a rising call across the country to reverse a stunning increase in the nation’s maternal mortality rate over the last two decades, the PA House unanimously approved a bill to create a panel that would better study pregnancy-related deaths. Additional Info...
  31. New Kensington nonprofit co-founder pays visit to White House

    A co-founder of the New Kensington-based nonprofit addiction counseling center Lost Dreams Awakening visited the White House on Monday to advocate for increased support of addiction recovery programs. Additional Info...
  32. LIHEAP, Dollar Energy Fund helping low-income residents with winter heating bills

    Low-income residents who need help paying for wintertime energy bills and others who encounter major energy-related emergencies are still covered by federal and local programs, but the money usually goes fast. Additional Info...
  33. Pennsylvania adds an online resource for aged, disabled

    PA recently launched a new state website providing resources for older Pennsylvanians and younger ones with disabilities. Home and community services can be found on this online, easily searchable site. Visit the site. Read on...
  34. 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. Additional Info...
  35. 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. Additional Info...
  36. 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. Additional Info...
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