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. Are women responsible for their own safety? Australians point fingers.

    Thousands of people gathered for a vigil Monday at the Melbourne park where less than a week ago a young comedian was raped and murdered, a crime whose grisly details have renewed a national conversation about violence against women. Additional Info...
  2. No more walking on egg shells: parents and adolescents open up about teenage depression

    “There is a difference between feeling sad about something and feeling depressed,” a high school student tells me. “With depression, daily tasks feel like moving mountains.” Additional Info...
  3. Study: 40 percent of Pa. households struggle to make ends meet

    “Should I pay the utilities bill or fix my husband’s broken car so he can get to work?” That’s what a caller from Indiana County asked the United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline which helps people in need find local resources. Additional Info...
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  5. Penn Area Library planning unique kids' events for this summer

    From an Appalachian corn-shuckin' party to an African 21-stringed harp player, the Penn Area Library has a host of unique programs on tap for children and parents this summer. Additional Info...
  6. Norwin Elks Father's Day Charity Car Cruise, more events

    Proceeds to benefit local and national charities. Additional Info...
  7. Export Summer Playground Program kicks off next week

    Export Borough's annual Summer Playground Program will kick off on June 18, giving local children a chance to spend a few mornings each week enjoying activities, games, arts and crafts. Additional Info...
  8. Bach, 11 other seniors honored at state Capitol for anti-fraud work

    Murrysville consumer advocate Mary Bach was among 12 senior citizens recognized at the state Capitol on Monday for their work against frauds and scams. Additional Info...
  9. Things to do around Westmoreland County through Sunday

    Creative Arts for Preschoolers, Human Trafficking event, Fireman's Carnival, more! Additional Info...
  10. Westmoreland Wolves semi-pro football game to benefit West Newton teen cancer patient

    A person from Jessica Chopp's past made his way back into her present to help make a difference for her 17-year-old son, who is fighting cancer. Additional Info...
  11. Orajel for teething? No, says FDA, which tied drug to breathing issues

    Last month, the Food and Drug Administration told manufacturers to stop marketing over-the-counter teething products with the drug benzocaine. Additional Info...
  12. Pitt-Greensburg workshop offers tools to combat unconscious bias

    Nationally known inclusion strategist Melanie Miller will discuss skills and tools for combating unconscious bias at a workshop Thursday and Friday at the Pitt-Greensburg campus. Additional Info...
  13. Dads Matter Flyer

    Dads Matter class postponed to June 18

    The upcoming DADS MATTER classes scheduled to begin Monday, June 11th will now begin Monday, June 18th. See the flyer for details. Additional Info...
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  18. Inclusive theater group takes a trip to the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh show

    Parents and children will be whisked away to the Hundred Acre Wood on June 9 for “An Adventure with Winnie the Pooh.” Additional Info...
  19. Special Olympics torch runners make their way across Westmoreland County

    Law enforcement officials from more than 50 agencies are sweating for the Special Olympics, as they take turns carrying the Special Olympics torch from Pittsburgh to State College. Additional Info...
  20. Farmer's market voucher program gearing up for seniors, WIC clients

    The Farmer's Market Nutrition Program , sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, provides four $5 checks to eligible senior citizens and women in the WIC program. Additional Info...
  21. Westmoreland museum speaker Johnnetta Betsch Cole celebrate di

    All workplaces should include employee training about unconscious biases that many people possess, says a principal consultant at a Maryland firm that provides services on diversity and inclusion. Additional Info...
  22. Kids receive adaptive bikes in Greensburg giveaway

    LillyAnna Uhler, 10, has never been able to ride a bike with her friends. Additional Info...
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    Dads Matter class begins June 11 in Greensburg

    You don't have to be a biological father to attend. No cost to attend, and you can earn incentives for completing the course. See flyer for details.
  24. Social Security benefits could go further in Westmoreland County

    Retirees living in Westmoreland County could be getting the most bang for their Social Security bucks, according to the personal finance company SmartAsset. Additional Info...
  25. Knead Community Cafe hosts free community dinner for 175

    It's one thing to say you want to help feed the community, it's quite another to actually throw open your doors and invite all comers to dinner. Additional Info...
  26. Hempfield woman pushed for law expanding funding to help victims

    Suzanne Ward knows firsthand the struggles faced by child sexual assault victims and made it her mission to make funding more accessible to agencies that work with all victims and children. Additional Info...
  27. Twilight Wish makes senior citizens' dreams come true

    Carol Knopsnider's cousin, Phyllis Wiltrout, came through loud and clear when she asked, “Can you hear me now?” Knopsnider smiled and said, “I'm going to be able to hear all kinds of things.” Additional Info...
  28. Poll: Young adults feel stress of long-term care

    Most young adults haven’t given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Additional Info...
  29. Local company offers new and easy to use technology for aging parents

    It's 2:00 on a Wednesday, and you just sat down for a quick lunch break. You are trying to figure out how you will get Johnny to his baseball game by 5:30, then all of a sudden you realize you never called Mom to remind her to take her heart medicine. Additional Info...
  30. Franklin Regional senior earns scholarship with texting-while-driving PSA

    Warning others of the dangers of texting while driving will help put Natalie Drnjevich through nursing school. Additional Info...
  31. Free meals for all students coming to Hutchinson Elementary School in Southwest Greensburg

    Breakfast and lunch will be free for all 610 students at Amos K. Hutchinson Elementary School in Southwest Greensburg starting in September. Additional Info...
  32. Relevant at 64? Seniors need to stay active to be healthy and avert loneliness

    “Maintaining that social engagement can give you a greater sense of purpose and give a sense of motivation that can make you behave in ways that are better for your health." Additional Info...
  33. Murrysville police to raise money for Special Olympics Friday

    If you see police atop the roof of the Murrysville Dunkin Donuts on Friday morning, do your best to avoid the stereotypical, cliched cop/donut jokes. Additional Info...
  34. Adaptive bikes open the road to disabled children

    Dylan Mendenhall's new, adaptive three-wheeled bicycle means he can ride his bike to the park when he couldn't before, according to his mother, Nancy Burgess. Additional Info...
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  36. Norwin center offers activities for active older adults

    As a young woman, Sherri Kovalcin liked working with people decades older than herself. “I've always worked with geriatrics” and enjoy helping people, said Kovalcin, 57, of North Huntingdon. Additional Info...
  37. A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers

    The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. Additional Info...
  38. Volunteer groups remain essential to supporting Westmoreland County hospitals

    A regional umbrella organization for hospital volunteers — most of them women — has shut down, but the local hospital volunteer groups remain strong and supportive, officials said.
  39. Westmoreland conference prepares students with disabilities for job interviews, success

    People with disabilities represent a large, underutilized labor pool for Pennsylvania employers, and a program Monday at Saint Vincent College aimed to help more high school students with disabilities find jobs after graduating. Additional Info...
  40. Relay for Life season starts Saturday in the Alle-Kiski Valley

    Ricki Evans' family started its Relay for Life team in memory of her aunt, Sandy Pyle, who died from breast cancer seven years ago. Additional Info...
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