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 DHS News December 2013     



DHS Helps Promote Available Resources During Self-Help Awareness Month 

Self-Help Awareness MonthThe Department of Human Services (DHS) has partnered with public service organizations and agencies to promote awareness of Allegheny County’s wealth of volunteer and peer support groups with a campaign in January to mark National Self-Help Awareness Month.

DHS, PA 2-1-1 Southwest and the Allegheny County Library Association spearheaded the campaign, with support also from the county Health Department. The campaign has the message of “Self-help is a matter of taking that first step. In Allegheny County, once you do, you’ll find many resources await you.”

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each Saturday in January, participating county libraries will sponsor an informational event at which patrons or county residents can talk with representatives of self-help groups, PA Southwest 2-1-1 and the DHS Office of Community Relations (including the Director’s Action Line or the Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources) about where to find and how to connect with resources.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood; Community Library of Allegheny Valley, Natrona Heights; Monroeville Public Library; Bridgeville Public Library; and Andrew Bayne Memorial Library in Bellevue will host events. Visit the Self-Help Awareness Month page for the full event schedule.

Participating self-help groups include the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches, Plum Senior Caregivers group, Ursuline Good Grief Center, Allen Place Support Group, Small Seeds Development, St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Prime Time Caregiver Support Group and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.

Materials, including bookmarks listing links to self-help groups, will be available at the sites and at all library locations in the Carnegie system.

Additionally, DHS’s Office of Community Relations will send emails to providers about Self-Help Awareness Month and the county’s abundant resources.

“Allegheny County has hundreds of self-help groups. No one should be isolated from help,” said Anne Fogoros, Project Director of PA Southwest 2-1-1, which is operated by the United Way. “With a call to 2-1-1 or a click on pa211sw.org, people in need can be linked quickly to help by our trained operators.”

Residents can also discover self-help resources at public libraries, including books, ebooks and other online resources.  Many libraries work with community partners to host self-help groups.  Call or visit a library today to learn more.

Help lines operated by DHS include the:

  • Link to Aging and Disability Resources- 1-866-730-2368 - www.alleghenylink.com 
  • Director’s Action Line - 1-800-862-6738
  • Senior Line - 412-350-5460

The county Health Department can be reached at 412-687-2243, for answers to health-related questions.




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