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PFLAG – Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays

Local chapter of a national organization that holds monthly support groups for LGBT individuals, their families and allies. 

Meeting schedules posted on the website routinely. Meeting locations at:

5701 Fifth Ave.
Fifth & Negley Aves.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Ways to contact:

Phone Number: (412)833-4556
E-mail: info@PFLAGPgh.org
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/PFLAGPgh
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PFLAGPgh

Goodwill Financial Opportunity Center (FOC)

The Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) at Northside Common Ministries aims to help local families achieve financial stability. Our on-site income supports specialist is available to help you access food stamps, CHIP, Social Security Disability, Utility Assistance, and free tax preparation services. Financial Counseling is available to help you improve your credit and improve your budgeting. An on-site employment specialist is also available to assist in finding employment.
-CONTACT INFO:
North Common Ministries
1601 Brighton Road
2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 323-1163
Financial Opportunity Center (FOC)

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to non-native English speakers. EL Civics Classes are available to students who wish to become more active and informed community members, while ESL Citizenship Classes are available to individuals studying to take the U.S. Citizenship Test.
-CONTACT INFO:
118 52nd Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 632-1820
ESL

PASSAGES Providing Autism Support Services to Achieve Gainful Employment

PASSAGES provides assessment services, job readiness classes, job search assistance and placement services to individuals on the Autism Spectrum whose goal is find and keep competitive employment.
-CONTACT INFO:
118 52nd Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 632-1706
PASSAGES

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Goodwill provides a broad array of employment-related education and workforce development services to people with special needs or barriers to employment, including individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, displaced workers, participants in welfare-to-work programs, people who are homeless, have limited work experience or education, job skills or training, veterans, youth and older workers, and people with criminal backgrounds.
-CONTACT INFO:
118 52nd Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 632-1706
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania Website

CARNEGIE LIBRARY TEEN RESOURCES

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh website has multiple resources for teens, including issues related to drugs/alcohol, stress, homework, and employment/volunteering opportunities in the Pittsburgh area.
Carnegie Library Website

CONTACT PITTSBURGH

Crisis intervention, problem solving, life skills discussion, and information and referral program for teenagers. Staff and volunteers have appropriate clearances.
– CONTACT INFO:
PO Box 111294
Pittsburgh, PA 15238-0694
24-Hour Hotline: (412) 820-4357
Contact Pittsburgh’s Website

PARENT-TEEN CONFLICT PROGRAM

The Parent-Teen Conflict Program provides support for parents, pre-teens, and teens including parent education, support groups, and referral to additional programs depending on the needs of the family.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 363-1702

PINE-RICHLAND YOUTH CENTER

Computer access to the Internet, dance, open gym, Twae Kwon Do, sports leagues, mentoring, and tutoring are offered. Programs for children with special needs are on an as needed basis; parental involvement is encouraged. Fall and winter hours: 9:00am-10:00pm, weekdays; 9:00am-4:00pm, Saturday; 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday. Fees: vary by program; scholarships are available.
– CONTACT INFO:
5554 Community Center Dr.
Gibsonia, PA 15044
(724) 443-3796

PREGNANT AND PARENTING TEEN OUTREACH

This comprehensive program promotes success, strengthens families and decreases infant mortality and subsequen pregnancy rates among teen mothers. Outreach workers provide home visits, psychosocial support, prenatal and parenting education, and support groups for all involved, including teen fathers and parents of teens.
– CONTACT INFO:
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 232-7663; Fax (412) 232-7389; Toll Free: (800) 232-5660

TEEN DROP-IN CENTER

The Teen Center (for middle and high school grades) focuses on recreational activities including sports and games. There is opportunity for homework help. A game room and student lounge, pool table, soccer football, hockey football, shuffleboard, chess, checkers, board games, magazines, books, television, and VCR are available. When funding becomes available, a computer lab will be opened. Hours: Monday – Thursday, 3:00pm-5:30pm; Friday, 3:00pm-6:30pm; with volunteer help, the hours of operation will increase. The Teen Center serves the Steel Valley and West Mifflin school districts. Serviced by the Salvation Army.
– CONTACT INFO:
104 East Ninth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15120
(412) 461-2460
Salvation Army’s Website

THE OPEN DOOR YOUTH PROGRAM – CRAFTON

Before and after-school programs for children and teenagers. Includes a soccer program (Monday, 4:00pm-5:15pm), running club (Tuesday, 5:30pm-6:30pm), breakfast program (Wednesday 7:00am-8:00am), dance classes (Wednesday 5:00pm-7:00pm), kids club (Wednesday 4:00pm-6:00pm), basketball (Thursday 7:00pm-9:00pm), Friday Night Rec (Friday 6:00pm-10:00pm, Homework Helpers (call for info), and a summer day camp. Please call for a more detailed description of program.
– CONTACT INFO:
First UP Church of Crafton Heights
12 Stratmore Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 921-6153 or (412) 921-9024

URBAN YOUTH ACTION, INC

This program prepares youth in grades 9th through 12th to graduate from high school Work Ready, Life Prepared and Community Minded. Training includes workplace expectations, money management, personal development, life skills, and health and career opportunities. Located downtown. Serves City of Pittsburgh residents.
– CONTACT INFO:
333 Forbes Avenue, Warner Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 391-7807
Urban Youth Action Website

—–TEEN RESOURCES—–

Compiled by Drs Burger and Nelson, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Last updated on May 1, 2007.

ALLEGHENY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

After school tutoring and homework help classes (core requirements) followed by an array of optional recreational, social and Christian character development classes (free electives).
– CONTACT INFO:
2436 California Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 322-5040; Fax (412) 322-5043
Allegheny Youth’s Website

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF WESTERN PA – SHADYSIDE YOUTH PROGRAM

Offers tutoring; computers available for homework and general use; arts and crafts, open gym; flag football, indoor soccer, floor hockey. Hours: 2:30pm-8:30pm, weekdays; ages: 6 – 18; fees: $24/year membership; sibling discount.
– CONTACT INFO:
6 Brownell Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 681-8575; Fax (412) 681-4885
Boys and Girls Club Website

BOYS TO MEN&PHENOMENAL FEMALES

Program is a multifaceted outreach program for adolescent males and females, including teen fathers and mothers, equipping them with life-skills education and redirecting them through carefully structured and extensively planned curricula and activities.
– CONTACT INFO:
At Mercy Hospital,
1515 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 232-7962; Fax (412) 232-7389

Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation helps smokers kick their nicotine addiction, providing tools, information and support for people quitting smoking.
Smoking Cessation

Questions and Answers About Smoking Cessation

National Cancer Institute
www.cancer.gov

PENNSYLVANIA QUITLINE (1-800 QUIT NOW )

Pennsylvania’s Free Quitline (1-800-784-8669) is offered as a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the American Cancer Society. Based on state-of-the art techniques in smoking cessation, the service provides counseling and structured assistance for individuals who are committed to quitting.

Smokers who live in Pennsylvania and are committed to quitting smoking are eligible to call the “Free Quitline” for smoking cessation assistance. Those wanting to help someone quit also are encouraged to call.
Pennsylvania Quitline Online

BETHLEHEM HAVEN

Offers services mainly for single women. Their services include: emergency shelter, transitional housing, drug&alcohol treatment, and supportive services.
CONTACT INFO: Fifth Avenue Commons
905 Watson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Downtown)
(412) 391-1348
Bethlehem Haven’s Website

CRISIS CENTER NORTH

Offers emergency shelter and services, as well as short-term safe houses, to victims of domestic violence.
CONTACT INFO: P.O. Box 101093
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 364-6728
Online Information About Crisis Center North

DEBRA HOUSE

Offers bridge housing for women with children that are under the age of 10 years.
CONTACT INFO: 16 Holland Avenue
Braddock, PA 15104
(412) 271-5787

HEARTH

Offers mainly bridge housing to women and their children. Housing agreements can last up to 2 years.
CONTACT INFO: 4540 Perrysville Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15229
(412) 939-2302
Hearth’s Website

NEW BEGINNINGS

They are a 30 day emergency shelther. They accept women with children (male children must be less than 12 years old)
CONTACT INFO: 7115 Bennett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 244-5144 (Temporary Phone)

ROSELIA CENTER

Offers temporary housing for single, unwed mothers.
CONTACT INFO: 624 Clyde Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 682-4410
Roselia Website

WOMEN’S CENTER & SHELTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH

Offers emergency shleter and housing for victims of domestic violence and their children. Location is confidential. Please call for details.
CONTACT INFO: P.O. Box 9024
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 687-8005 (hotline)
(412) 687-8017 (office)
Women’s Center’s Website

WOMANSPACE EAST, INC

Offers emergency shelter and bridge housing for women who are victims of domestic violence.
CONTACT INFO: P.O. Box 3826
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
(412) 765-2665

WOMANSPLACE OF WESTERN PA

Offers emergency shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence.
CONTACT INFO: P.O. Box 216
McKeesport, PA 15134
(412) 678-4616 (hotline)
(412) 678-4620 (office)
http://www.womansplace.org

——SHELTERS for MEN——

LIGHT OF LIFE RESCUE MISSION

Offers emergency shelter, housing, bridge housing, and recovery program for men.
CONTACT INFO: 10-12 E. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 803-4120
(412) 258-6100
Light of Life Website

NORTHSIDE COMMON MINISTRIES

Offers emergency shelter and housing for men only.
CONTACT INFO: P.O. Box 99861
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 323-1163
Northside Common’s Website

FAMILY LINKS RUNAWAY YOUTH OUTREACH CENTER & SHELTER

Provides a critical service for homeless adults, 15-21 years old – a group that is too old to be in children’s programs and often not comfortable about entering an adult program. The program is located on Fifth Avenue in the lower Hill Disctrict and provides safe shelter, emergency shelter, meals, clothing, a free medical clinic, and career training.
CONTACT INFO: 1601 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 661-1800 or (412) 471-6160
Family Links’ Downtown Outreach Website

THREE RIVERS YOUTH

They offer residential, day treatment, shelter and outreach programs for runaway and homeless youth. They have two separate locations.
CONTACT INFO: For individuals ages 7 to 17 years old
200 North Dithridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 687-6583
For individuals ages 12 to 21 years old
508 Franklin Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
(412) 243-4466
(412) 243 5638 (crisis hot line)
Three Rivers Youth Website

WHALE’S TALE

They provide shelter for homeless youths. They also offer youth and family counseling.
CONTACT INFO: 250 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 661-1800

——SHELTERS for INDIVIDUALS and/or FAMILIES——

The following are a list of emergency shelters that house both men and women, as well as families. Please contact them individually to discuss their specific requirements.

ALLEGHENY HOUSE CENTRAL RELOCATION

This is an organization that offers shelter for families that are homeless due to code violations.
CONTACT INFO: Their office is located at
1835 Center Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 391-7720 (Office)
The Shelter is located at 1305 Allegheny Avenue, North Side
Pittsburgh, 152233

ALLEGHENY VALLEY ASSOCIATION of CHURCHES

Day space for homeless families, sleeping accommodations at various church facilities. Up to five families may stay until housing is found.
CONTACT INFO: 1913 Freeport Road
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
(724) 226-0606
Allegheny Valley Churches’ Website

CHAIN OF HOPE

A drop-in center that offers day services to individuals.
CONTACT INFO: 611 South Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
412-247-5018

EAST END COOPERATIVE MINISTRIES

They offer various services including: Drop-In Center, emergency shelter/safe haven, counseling, medical services, transitional housing for single men, PennFree Housing (rent support/counseling) for men/women with or without children recovering from addiction, Safe Orr Center (nonmedical respite care ).
CONTACT INFO: 250 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-361-5549
East End’s Website

EAST SIDE COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE

They offer housing via PennFree, bridge housing, emergency shelter, and safe haven services.
CONTACT INFO: 7119 Hamilton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15208(Homewood)
(412) 244-5144
East Side Community’s Website

HOPE HOUSE

They offer trasitional and bridge housing, up to 2-year stays. New units for 6 families. Please call for qualification requirements.
CONTACT INFO: P.O. Box 67
Tarentum, PA 15084
(724) 224-7006

ORR COMPASSIONATE CARE CENTER

Offers housing and emergency shelter for men and women.
CONTACT INFO: 6023 Harvard Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (East Liberty)
(412) 362-3550

SALVATION ARMY of WESTERN PA

They offer services for men, women and families. Services include housing,emergency shelter and bridge housing.
CONTACT INFO: Family Crisis Center
424 Third Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 394-4819
Salvation Army of Western PA’s Website

YMCA MCKEESPORT

Offers housing, emergency shelter and bridge housing for men and women.
CONTACT INFO: 523 Sinclair Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
(412) 644-9168
Mckeesport YMCA Website

—–SHELTERS for WOMEN (and THEIR CHILDREN)—–

ALLE-KISKI HOPE CENTER

Offers housing, emergency shelter and transitional housing to women and children, victims of domestic violence. Serves northeastern Allegheny, northwestern Westmoreland, and southern portions of Butler and Armstrong counties)
CONTACT INFO: specific location confidential
P.O. Box 67
Tarentum, PA 15084
(412) 224-1100
HOPE Center’s Website

LOCAL SHELTERS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

Compiled by Dr. Stillwell, Resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Last Updated on Feb 27th, 2007.

Individuals needing support may contact the agencies directly or may contact the Bureau of Hunger and Housing Services at (412) 350-4031 or the Bureau of Outreach and Prevention Services at (412) 350-3319 for more information.

——SHELTHERS for TEENS and YOUTHS——

FAMILY LINKS

This is a teen shelter that offers emergency services. Target age range of 15-20 years old. Can accommodate teens with young children.
CONTACT INFO: 416 Olive Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
(412) 672-8632
Family Links Website

LEAD TESTING FOR CHILDREN IN PITTSBURGH FOR FREE

The Environmental protection agency offers a up-to-date list of all locations and their contact information that provide free lead testing for children in Pittsburgh.
Free Lead Testing Website

PITTSBURGH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Provides educational fire safety demonstrations to the community and to schools. The fire department will perform fire safety inspections for any renter or owner for no fee. Additionally, if you have physically impaired persons living in your residence you can notify the fire department so that information is available to emergency responders.
– CONTACT INFO:
Home inspection: (412) 255-2866
Fire Safety Inspections: (412) 255-2863
Notice of Physically Impaired Residents: (412) 255-2860
Fire Department Website

PITTSBURGH POISON CONTROL CENTER

Provides poison prevention education through the Mr. Yuk program as well as poison information to the general public and medical professionals. At this website you can find nearby poison control centers, tips and materials for poison prevention, as well as Mr. Yuk products including free sheets of stickers.
– CONTACT INFO: (800) 222-1222
Poison Prevention Website

CARBON MONOXIDE — HOME SAFE HOME PROJECT

The Home Safe Home Program (from the Healthy Home Resources) works with families to help identify and prevent possible injuries to children in the home. For families with children under the age of six years old, Healthy Home Resources provides a Family Services Specialist who will help parents and caretakers understand child safety and work to identify possible hazards to young children. The Family Services Specialist provides the family with necessary safety devices including safety gates, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and cabinet locks.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 431-4449
Home Safe Home Project Website

CARBON MONOXIDE INFORMATION FROM ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPT.

This website offers some fact sheets regarding Carbon Monoxide safety tips.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 687-ACHD.
ACHD Carbon Monoxide Awareness Website

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH’S SAFETY WEBSITE

This website addresses injury prevention on a multitude of topics including sports safety, street and off road safety; home, water, and sun safety as well as holiday and seasonal safety. Information is not just for parents, there are also multiple activities for children. This site also provides a list of local resources.
Safety Website

CRIB SAFETY: CRIBS FOR KIDS AND SIDS OF PA

SIDS of PA is an organization dedicated to the prevention of SIDS through education, support and research. They have educational materials for parents, grandparents and medical professionals. Additionally, they are involved in the ‘Cribs for Kids’ Campaign that has provided free cribs and mattresses to 35,000 low-income families throughout the country.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 322-5680, ext 102
Cribs for Kids Website

LEAD POISONING PREVENTION

HEALTHY HOME RESOURCES–LEAD SAFETY
The L.E.A.S.E. Program provide risk assessments and blood lead screenings and loans HEPA vacuum cleaners to promote lead-safe practices during lead abatements or renovation projects in homes. A certified Lead Risk Assessor meets and helps families determine if they are at risk for lead poisoning.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 431-4449

ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPT’S CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION PROGRAM
ACHD CLPPP provides blood lead screening, laboratory services for environmental sample analysis, medical case management, environmental inspections, environmental management, informational and educational services, and coordination of collaborative efforts.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 578-7942, Fax: (412) 578-8099
ACHD CLPPP’s Website

—–SAFETY—–

Compiled by Drs. Kaiser and Pachuski, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Last updated on Feb 28, 2008.

CAR SEAT SAFETY

As many as 90% of car seat’s are improperly used in Allegheny County alone. According to Pennsylvania law all car passengers must be properly restrained. This website details the weight, height and age requirements for infants and children. The Pittsburgh police provide car seat inspections as well as teaching for installation and proper use.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 937-3051, to make an appointment for car seat inspection

——–Pregnancy Resources——–

Compiled by Drs. Brown and Gallagher, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Last updated on Sept 12, 2007.

ALLEGHENY REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CENTER

Allegheny Reproductive Health Center was established in 1975 to provide quality health care in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Their services include abortion, emergency contraception, birth control, free pregnancy testing, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and routine gynecological exams. Allegheny Reproductive is a private health center approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Their staff consists of board-certified gynecologists, nurses and nurse practitioners, technicians and counselors. They have phone counselors on hand daily to answer questions regarding their services and reproductive options.
-CONTACT INFO:
200 N Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(800) 221-3988 or (412) 661-8811
Health Center Website

GENESIS OF PITTSBURGH, INC.

A maternity care, adoption and social service agency committed to providing a complete spectrum of programs and services for those facing an unplanned pregnancy. They also provide housing, education, counseling and supplies needed by expectant mothers, including formula, baby clothing, cribs, etc’free of charge. Finally, they provide a toll-free hotline, staffed 365 days/yr, for those who need more information regarding their services.
-CONTACT INFO:
P.O. Box 41017
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 766-2693 or the HOTLINE at (800) 640-7190
-Center Location:
141 North Fremont Avenue
Bellevue, PA
(412) 766-4934
Genesis Website

HEALTHY START

This program of the Allegheny County Health Department, is designed to identify a broad range of community-driven strategies and interventions that reduce infant mortality and the incidences of low weight births. It focuses on six areas in Allegheny County with historically high rates of infant mortality: North Side, Center City, East End, Wilkensburg, South Side and the Western Communities. Healthy Start uses community resources to increase access to services (i.e. childcare) to help alleviate typical barriers to care, increase availability of WIC and nutrition counseling services, providing transportation to prenatal visits and much more.
-CONTACT INFO:
400 North Lexington Ave
Point Breeze, PA
(412) 247-4009 or the HOTLINE at (412) 247-1000
Healthy Start Website

PREGNANCY CARE CENTER

A support group for young mothers. The group meets on demand, so please call for dates and times. Meets at the Pregnancy Care Center in Wexford.
– CONTACT INFO:
PO Box 15034
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(724) 935-0130, Fax (724) 935-3680
24 hour hotline: (724) 935-6411
Pregnancy Care Center

PREGNANT AND PARENTING TEEN OUTREACH

This comprehensive program promotes success, strengthens families and decreases infant mortality and subsequen pregnancy rates among teen mothers. Outreach workers provide home visits, psychosocial support, prenatal and parenting education, and support groups for all involved, including teen fathers and parents of teens.
– CONTACT INFO:
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 232-7663; Fax (412) 232-7389; Toll Free: (800) 232-5660

—–PARENTING RESOURCES—–

Compiled by Drs Craddock and Upadhyaya, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Last updated on Jan 31st, 2008.

CENTER FOR COUPLES AND FAMILY THERAPY

Families are a powerful resource available to individuals attempting to cope successfully with major psychological, medical, or societal difficulties. By strengthening existing resources and helping family members to work collaboratively toward inventive solutions to tough problems, family therapy can be of immense benefit to people at times of major stress.
– CONTACT INFO:
Contact person, Arlene Foreman, M.S.
(888)528-6407
Center for Couples and Family Therapy’s Website

CENTER FOR FAMILY EXCELLENCE

The Center for Family Excellence has been working to help families survive and thrive amid adversity. Each program works to restore, sustain and strengthen family relationships that are under potential distress. Center staff work directly with families, and collaborate with other human service providers, to prevent and interrupt cycles of behavior that are destructive to individuals, families and neighborhoods.
– CONTACT INFO:
409 Dinwiddie St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 232-0314
Center for Family Excellence Website

CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES (CYF)

CYFS is making a difference by giving these kids the chance to:
‘ Have a healthy, happy start in life
‘ Receive the best child care possible
‘ Grow strong with successful parenting
‘ Learn how to make safe and healthy choices
‘ Become successful learners and lifelong readers
‘ Live safely in their home communities
‘ Heal from abuse and neglect
CYF Website

FAMILY CARE CONNECTIONS

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Family Care Connection Centers provides both general and specialized social services for all members of the family, particularly children, adolescents and mothers. Services include:
‘ Nurse home visiting
‘ Mental health services
‘ Substance abuse prevention and treatment
‘ Child development
‘ Parenting education
‘ Community building
There are six Family Care Connection Centers in the Pittsburgh area: In Braddock, Lawrenceville, Mt.Oliver, Rankin, Turtle Creek and Wilkinsburg.
Family Care Connections Website

FAMILY LINKS

FamilyLinks is a non-profit social service agency that provides mental health and mental retardation programs, youth and family development programs, adult community services, alcohol and other drug treatment, and school-based prevention services to children, families and individuals throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
– CONTACT INFO:
2644 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412-343-7166
Family Links’ Website

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Family Resource Center was created to ensure that families have access to accurate, up-to-date information about pediatric illnesses and conditions.
Family Resource Center Website

PARENTAL STRESS CENTER

The goal of this center is to reunify and maintain unification with children and their families and to build relationships and strengthen communities.
– CONATCT INFO:
5877 Commerce St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 361-4800
Stress Center’s Website

THE URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER PITTSBURGH

The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh currently operates two family support centers that are part of a growing network that makes up the family support movement in Allegheny County. Currently located in Duquesne City and Northview Heights, these centers help families with young children remain stable and prevent family dissolution.
– CONTACT INFO:
101 Hazlett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
(412) 323-1020
Urban League Website

WPIC CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

The program is designed to:
‘ evaluate the needs of each child or adolescent
‘ provide training in fire safety and/or psychological/behavioral skills, as needed
‘ help parents and families cope with the aftermath of a fire
‘ minimize the risk of future firesetting
WPIC’S Main Website

——BEAVER COUNTY—–

ADULT LITERACY ACTION

Works out of Penn State Beaver Campus. Programs include one-on-one tutoring, Family Literacy, Adult Basic Education, Workforce Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages.
-CONTACT INFO:
336 College Ave.
Beaver, PA 15009
(724) 773-7810

——BUTLER COUNTY—–

BUTLER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM

Teaches reading and writing skills along with GED preparation. Also teaches English as a second language.
-CONTACT INFO:
The Adult Literacy Program
Butler County Community College
PO Box 1023 College Drive, Oak Hills
Butler PA 16003
(724) 287-8711, ext 8323 Deborah McAllister

—–LAWRENCE COUNTY—–

ADULT LITERACY LAWRENCE COUNTY CHOICES

Adult Literacy Lawrence County Choices
Offers Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, Family classes, computer literacy and English as a second language.
-CONTACT INFO:
125 E North St Ste 306
New Castle PA 16101-3665
(724) 654-1500
Lit Choices Website

—–WASHINGTON COUNTY—–

WASHINGTON COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL

Offers one-on-one instructions in spelling, writing and simple math for 0-4 grade reading levels and reading to out-of-school adults.
-CONTACT INFO:
101 South College Street
First Baptist Church
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 228-6188
Literacy Council Website

———-LITERACY———-

Compiled by Dr. Silvestri, a Resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Last updated on Sept 12, 2007.

—–ALLEGHENY COUNTY—–

BEGINNING WITH BOOKS

Beginning with Books staff is made up of experts in early literacy and early childhood. They provide workshops on early literacy topics to parents, teachers, and caregivers. Outreach specialists and trained support staff also work in the community to develop literacy and work with some early childhood centers to make sure that high-quality books are used and the centers are a literacy-rich environment. They also provide free books to many organizations in Pittsburgh for distribution to low-income families and operate the Storymobile which brings books to low-income communities.
-CONTACT INFO:
5920 Kirkwood Street
Pittsburgh PA 15206
(412) 361-8560
Beginning with Books Website

CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH

18 neighborhood locations and Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Several programs offered.
Library’s Website

COMMUNITY LITERACY CENTER

Collaboration between Community House and the Center for the Study of Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. Urban teens and adults, with the support of their Carnegie Mellon student mentors, use writing and public dialogue to take action and to address the dreams and problems of our urban neighborhoods.
Community Literacy Center

GOODWILL LITERACY INITIATIVE (GLI)

Provides Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation to adults at various sites throughout the Pittsburgh area. The program features classroom-based instruction and one-to-one help. Goodwill also offers GED testing services at its Lawrenceville location.
-CONTACT INFO:
GED Hotline (412) 632-1841
Goodwill Industries’ Website – GED Test Preparation

GREATER PITTSBURGH LITERACY COUNCIL (GPLC)

Provides teaching of basic reading, writing and math skills, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, Workplace Skills Development and Prepartion, family programs, Computer Skills training and Health literacy.
-CONTACT INFO:
100 Sheridan Square 4th Flr
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 661-7323
GPLC Website

PA BUREAU OF ADULT BASIC AND LITERACY EDUCATION (ABLE)

Funds Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) programs throughout PA. Website helps locate classes throughout PA.
ABLE Website

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL (RIF)

Provides multiple programs as well as useful information on the internet for families to encourage reading in children.
Reading is Fundamential Website

—–ARMSTRONG COUNTY—–

ARMSTRONG COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Runs a program called Armstrong Books for Children. Has public awareness campaigns and distributes books to high-risk children.
-CONTACT INFO:
Armstrong County Community Foundation
Suite 2 – 160 N. McKean St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
(724) 548-5897
Community Foundation’s Website

—–IMMIGRATION & REFUGEE SERVICES—–

Compiled by Drs. Schegg and Wolfe, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Last updated on Sept 12, 2007.

WELCOME CENTER FOR IMMIGRANTS AND INTERNATIONALS

The center helps immigrants and internationals with a variety of issues, ranging from housing and employment to starting a new business, accessing affordable health care, assistance in filling out immigration forms, finding ESL classes, or taking a driver’s license exam. They are located in Squirrel Hill. Multilingual staff members are available to answer questions.
-CONTACT INFO:
5743 Bartlett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-8795 or (866) 774-2201 (toll-free)
Welcome Center Website

PITTSBURGH REFUGEE CENTER

The PRC is a community-based nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh to serve the refugee population. The organization’s stated mission is ‘to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and integrated into their new communities’. They work towards these goals by encouraging economic, social, and educational equality. The services they provide include case management, education, health, cultural adjustment, and employment. They also work on education, outreach, and advocacy for the community at large as well as research on local as well as international levels.
-CONTACT INFO:
1835 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 537-8398
Email: info@pittsburghrefugeecenter.org
Refugee Center Website

PITTSBURGH REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE CENTER (PRIAC)

As a division of Jewish Family&Children’s Service, PRIAC works collaboratively with the Career Development Center and the Welcome Center for Immigrants&Internationals. This organization provides services to individuals with limited financial resources offered at nominal fees. The services they provide include resettlement services, immigration services, naturalization and asylee services. They can help with clients with legal documentation as well as vocational training, ESL tutoring, and housing assistance and much more.
-CONTACT INFO:
Jewish Family&Children’s Service of Pittsburgh
Charlotte Zabusky, Resettlement Supervisor
5743 Bartlett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-7200
PRIAC Website

GLOBAL PITTSBURGH

Website that provides information for new international immigrants to the Pittsburgh region. Offers information on obtaining visas, provides a monthly calendar of events, and has a comprehensive listing of ESL sites.
Global Pittsburgh Website

ALLEGHENY COUNTY CENTER FOR ESL (ACCESL)

Offers free ESL classes for adults. Rolling admission allows students to enter at any time. Tutoring and workplace classes may be arranged. Interested individuals should call to make an appointment for a placement test.
-CONTACT INFO: (412) 281-4494
ACCESL Website

CATHOLIC CHARITIES REFUGEE SERVICE

This religious organization helps refugees resettle in the Pittsburgh area. The program is geared specifically towards families and individuals who have come to the US as declared refugees. They provide services relating to housing, employment, child care support, respite care, adoption and more. They operate in the following counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence, and Washington.
-CONTACT INFO:
John Miller, Refugee Program Director
212 Ninth Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6997
Catholic Charities Website

THE HISPANIC CENTER

Provides information on relocation (housing, employment, education) primarily for Hispanic individuals new to the Pittsburgh area.
-CONTACT INFO:
800 Allegheny Ave, Suite 127
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 322-2716
Hispanic Center Website

MAY LAW GROUP

Law firm in Pittsburgh focusing on immigration law.
-CONTACT INFO:
Henry W. Oliver Building, Suite 908
535 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 291-4400
May Law Group Website

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.
Federal School Lunch Program Website

FOOD STAMP PROGRAM

The Food Stamp Program serves as the first line of defense against hunger. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Food stamp recipients spend their benefits to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.
Food Stamps Online Resources
PA Food Stamp Application

WIC–WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN

WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy supplemental foods and a range of nutrition services for pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under age five in a supportive environment.
Allegheny County WIC Offices
PA WIC Eligibility Guidelines

UNITED WAY

The United Way has a helpline which provides phone numbers and websites for a wide array of food assistance (also clothing, housing, medical assistance)
– CONTACT INFO: Local phone number: (412) 261-6010, available from 8:30 to 5:00 M-F
United Way HelpLine: (412) 255-1155.
United Way’s Online Resources

HEALTHY HABITS-HEALTHY NUTRITION RESOURCES

Sesame Street character web-based activities for children and parents directed at learning to make healthy food choices.
Sesame Street Workshops

LA LECHE

An international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.
– Central Referral Phone – (412) 276-5630
La Leche Online Resources

MATERNITY CARE COALITION BREASTFEEDING SITE

Provides resources for breastfeeding women and their families.
Breastfeeding Website

——FOOD AND NUTRITION——

Compiled by Drs Hanley and Lewis, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Last updated Sept 21, 2006

CROSSROADS FOOD PANTRY

A community outreach program uniting people of all faiths to serve Monroeville residents who are in need of food and other necessities. Provides nutritional food, personal care items, and social services to those who need them in order to sustain, strengthen and to educate.
Crossroads Food Pantry Online Resources

GREATER PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is a nonprofit organization committed to eliminating hunger and developing collaborative strategies to encourage self-reliance in southwestern Pennsylvania.
– CONTACT INFO: 1 North Linden
Duquesne, PA 15110
(412)460-FOOD
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Online

NORTH HILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOOD PANTRY CONSORTIUM

An interfaith nonprofit organization that addresses the spiritual, emotional, physical and material needs of people in crisis, hardship and poverty.
Provides a lengthy list of local food pantries with contact information.
– CONTACT INFO: 412-487-6316.
North Hills Outreach Online

PENNSYLVANIA HUNGER ACTION CENTER

The Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center works to end hunger and to increase opportunities for all Pennsylvanians to meet their food needs with health and dignity.
Hunger Action’s Food Information Line links people in need to food through local pantries or soup kitchens in all sixty-seven Pennsylvania counties.
– CONTACT INFO: 1-800-FOOD-997.

Hunger Action’s Food Stamp Screening Line helps people decide whether to apply for food stamp benefits. Telephone screening is available to residents of 65 Pennsylvania counties (excluding Allegheny and Philadelphia).
– CONTACT INFO: 1-800-634-2033.
PA Hunger Action Online Resources

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT AND WELLNESS CENTER AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH

This program was established to help children achieve and maintain a healthy weight. It also helps to prevent, identify and treat weight related problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The program involves a multidisciplinary team, which includes physicians, nurses, nutritionists, exercise specialists and behavioral specialists.
– CONTACT INFO: Initial appointments: 412-692-8041
A referral from a primary care or other physician is required.
CHP’s Weight Management Center Online Resources

JUST HARVEST

A Center for Action Against Hunger is a membership organization which promotes economic justice and works to influence public policy and to educate, empower, and mobilize the citizens of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania communities toward the elimination of hunger
– Summer food program: Call 1-888-FOOD-210 to find a site near you.
Just Harvest Website

SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM

Provides cash assistance to States to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions. The program operates in more than 72,000 schools and institutions, serving a daily average of some 8.4 million children. It is administered at the Federal level by FNS. State education agencies administer the School Breakfast Program at the State level, and local school food authorities operate it in schools.
Federal School Breakfast Program Website

PITTSBURGH REGIONAL ALLIANCE: REGIONAL COMPANY SEARCH

Search for a company in the Pittsburgh region by name or choose from a dropdown list of communities.
Regional Company Search Online

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: BUSINESS

Search the Pittsburgh Tribune Review for selected articles on Pittsburgh companies and industries from 1988 through the present. This site also provides useful links to different local resources (news, advertisements and further information).
Business Review Online

SMC BUSINESS COUNCIL

You can search for a member at the website of this organization of 1000’s of small businesses in Southwestern Pennsylvania. SMC can help you get connected to people, programs, and services you need to succeed in today’s rapidly changing market place. They serve smaller businesses of all kinds.
-CONTACT INFO:
George Westinghouse Research and Technology Park
1382 Beullah Rd, Bldg 801
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
(412) 371-1500
SMC Business Council Website

PENNSYLVANIA STATE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

This site has information on all of the civil service exams and descriptions of what jobs can be done with high school degrees. They have online applications and many contact numbers.
PA State Civil Service Commission

——PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATOR OPPORTUNITIES——

PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Job Postings for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. This includes an online application for all sections of school work.
-CONTACT INFO:
3415 S. Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-3500
Pittsburgh Public School System

ALLEGHENY INTERMEDIATE UNIT

Job listings for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, an education service agency. Allows you to apply for head start teacher’s assistants, Speech Language Pathologists, Substitute Certified Special Education Teachers, Educational Interpreters, Substitute Instructional Assistants, and Head Start Child care aids.
-CONTACT INFO:
476 E Waterfront Dr.
Homestead, PA 15210
(412) 394-5700
Allegheny Intermediate Unit

PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATOR NET

Includes job postings for educators in eleven Western Pennsylvania counties. Also includes substitute postings.
-CONTACT INFO:
475 E. Waterfront
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 394-4973
PA Educator Net Website

—–LOCATING PITTSBURGH COMPANIES——

THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

Serving Western Pennsylvania, the BBB has an online membership roster that you can search by company name, keyword, or browse by type of business. Provides contact information, type of entity, type of business, whether they are a member, and record of complaints filed against the business. Very useful if job search is performed with certain type of company already defined.
-CONTACT INFO:
300 Sixth Ave, Ste 100-UL
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-2700
Better Business Bureau Website

CARNEGIE LIBRARY of PITTSBURGH RESOURCE GUIDE

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh maintains a fairly comprehensive list of the web sites of local companies. There is also information on this site about print based resources for researching companies. It is possible to search though different companies, see profiles and contact information.
Resource Guide Online

GREATER PITTSBURGH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Search their Member Directory by name or category or browse alphabetically to obtain contact information and profile.
-CONTACT INFO:
Regional Enterprise Tower
425 Sixth Ave, Ste 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 392-1000
Chamber of Commerce

PITTSBURGH CAREER LINK

Contains information on upcoming careerfairs and seminars. It also includes a list of Pittsburgh CareerLink providers. They have sites in downtown Pittsburgh, Forest Hills, and Robinson Township, where trained staff offers visitors a wide range of materials, consultation services.
Pittsburgh CareerLink Website

PITTSBURGH COMPUTERWORK

Information Technology jobs in the Pittsburgh area. Free to post your resume. Also lists consulting and job contract offers.
Pittsburgh Computerwork Website

PITTSBURGH REGIONAL ALLIANCE-CAREER RESOURCE CENTER

Over 3,000 local job postings that are updated regularly. Lets you search jobs by words you would like to see in the description.
Pittsburgh Regional Career Resource Center Website

PITTSBURGH TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL

Provides job postings, resources and online listings of more than 1,500 member companies located in southwestern Pennsylvania. Posts tech jobs from entry-level to executive.
Pittsburgh Technology Council Website

WORK PITTSBURGH.COM

Local job site that allows searching by keyword and category. The site has job agents that will email you when jobs matching your criteria are posted.
Work Pittsburgh Website

THE WELCOMING CENTER FOR NEW PENNSYLVANIANS

Offers many services including job placement, job readiness training, legal clinics, social service referrals, public policy seminars, Project Bridging Cultures, and help for immigrant businesses.
The Welcoming Center’s Website

PITTSBURGH CRAIGSLIST

Large number of local jobs in all categories. You can search by occupation or for part-time jobs.
Craigslist Website

——GOVERNMENT and CIVIL SERVICE——

CITY OF PITTSBURGH EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

A complete listing of all currently available positions with the city of Pittsburgh. Here you can search jobs and apply online.
-CONTACT INFO:
414 Grant St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 255-2626
Pittsburgh City Employment

ALLEGHENY COUNTY JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Employment opportunities with Allegheny County which include a link to job opportunities in the Health Department. The site has an online application to be used for the jobs listed.
-CONTACT INFO:
542 Forbes Ave, Room 102
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 350-6830
Allegheny County Jobs

——TRAINING and PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE——

Compiled by Drs. Arnaldez, Cain, and Yoder, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Last updated on Mar 7th, 2007.

ALLEGHENY WORKS

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services / Office of Community Services provides job links and assistance for dislocated workers (those who lost a job secondary to plant closings or mass layoffs) and economically disadvantaged residents of Allegheny County. Offering job search, academic remediation, training, and support services. Career planning resources. Includes on-line application and links to similar sites where resumes can be posted.
-CONTACT INFO:
Service Center
One Smithfield Street, 2nd Floor
Downtown, United Way Service Center
(412) 350-6611, for dislocated workers,

OR

640 Braddock Ave,
Braddock, PA
(412) 273-6450, for training and employment
Allegheny Works’ Website

BIDWELL TRAINING CENTER

The Bidwell Training Center provides career training at no cost to qualified applicants. Non-profit, state supported career training includes medical careers, culinary arts, information sciences and business travel counselor. Also providing tutoring resources for GED attainment, reading and math skills in addition to other services. Attend information and testing sessions to apply.
-CONTACT INFO:
Manchester Bidwell Corp
1815 Metropolitan St
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 323-4000, or (800) 516-1800.
Bidwell Training Center’s Website

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF PITTSBURGH

The Goodwill Literacy Initiative offers free job training, workforce development and workplace skills classes along with free and low cost computer classes. Sites throughout Southwestern PA.
-CONTACT INFO:
2600 E Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 481-9005
Goodwill Industries Website

PITTSBURGH JOB CORPS CENTER

The U.S. Labor Department’s free enterprise answer to skill training for disadvantaged youth, age 16-24. Get GED or vocational training. Live at the center or at home. Programs for youth with children available.
-CONTACT INFO:
7175 Highland Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(800) 473-5837
Pittsburgh Job Corps Website

YouthWorks a Program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

YouthWorks helps at-risk youth in the Greater Pittsburgh area become work-ready and career-focused. YouthWorks offers career exploration, work readiness training, internships, vocational training, mentoring, and more.
-CONTACT INFO:
401 Wood Street
Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Youth Works Website

NEW CENTURY CAREERS

New Century Careers offers tuition-free machinist, welder and electronic assembly training to high school graduates. Obtain teaching at community colleges throughout the region. Private and publicly funded.
-CONTACT INFO:
333 E Carson St, Ste 431
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 258-6620
New Century Careers Website

PENNSYLVANIA CONSERVATION CORPS (PCC)

PCC is a statewide program that offers work experience and job training to young people (ages 18-25) who complete conservation, recreation and historical preservation projects on the state’s public lands. Positions for all levels of training.
PCC Website

AMERICORPS

AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. Members who serve part-time receive a partial Award.
-CONTACT INFO: (800) 942-2677
Americorps Website

——JOB SEARCH DATABASES——

PA CAREER LINK

CareerLink is an employment service provider for western Pennsylvania. The website provides one-stop employment services including a job search database.
PA CareerLink Website

BEAVER COUNTY

MHMR Base Service Unit
1070 Eighth Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
(724) 891-2827

BUTLER COUNTY

Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program
Second Floor, County Government Center
124 West Diamond Street
P.O. Box 1208
Butler, PA 16003
(724) 284-5114

FAYETTE COUNTY

Fayette County MH/MR
215 Jacob Murphy Lane
Uniontown, PA 15401
(724)430-1370

GREENE COUNTY

Office of Mental Retardation Services
Fort Jackson Building
19 South Washington Street (3rd Floor)
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370
(724) 852-5276

INDIANA COUNTY/ARMSTRONG COUNTY

Armstrong-Indiana Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program
Armsdale Administration Building, Suite 105
124 Armsdale Road
Kittanning, PA 16201
(724) 548-3451

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Mental Health and Mental Retardation
Courthouse Square
100 West Beau Street, Suite 302
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 228-6832

WESTMORELAND COUNTY

Mental Health/Retardation
40 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 830-3617

——EARLY INTERVENTION——

Compiled by Dr. Smith, Resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Last updated on Dec 15th, 2006.

EARLY INTERVENTION is a publicly financed program that serves the following groups of young children:

1. Infants and Toddlers (birth to three years of age) who have:
– a significant delay in one or more areas of development;
– a specialist’s determination that there is a delay even though it doesn’t show up on the assessments (called informed clinical opinion)
– known physical or mental conditions which have a high probability for developmental delays

2. Preschoolers (three years of age to age of beginners) who have:
– a significant delay in one or more areas of development compared to other children his or her age
– any of the following physical or mental disabilities: autism/pervasive developmental disorder, serious emotional disturbance, neurological impairment, deafness/hard of hearing, specific learning disability, mental retardation, multiple handicaps, other mental impairment, physical disability, speech impairment or blindness/visual impairment, and a need for special education and related services.

Some children who are not eligible for early intervention may still be eligible for tracking services:
‘ under three and one half (3 1/2) pounds (birth weight);
‘ cared for in neonatal intensive care units;
‘ born to chemically dependent mothers;
‘ seriously abused or neglected;
‘ confirmed to have dangerous levels of lead poisoning.

Each county administers its own early intervention program. These counties may also provide other services that may be helpful to young children who are eligible for early intervention.

The easiest way for you to begin the process of enrolling your child in early intervention is to call the CONNECT Information and Referral number.
-CONTACT INFO: (800) 692-7288 (for TTY, dial 711 for Relay Service).

You can also call your local county directly. Listed below you will find the contact information for the departments that oversee early intervention in southwestern Pennsylvania. These departments may provide you with a more direct phone number to reach early intervention, and they may be able to tell you about other services in your county.
Early Intervention State Website
Child Care Provider’s Guide to Early Intervention

ALLEGHENY COUNTY

Department of Human Services
Office of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities
304 Wood Street, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 350-3695

ARMSTRONG COUTNY/INDIANA COUNTY

Armstrong-Indiana Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program
Armsdale Administration Building, Suite 105
124 Armsdale Road
Kittanning, PA 16201
(724) 548-3451

PITTSBURGH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWYERS

Pittsburgh Domestic Violence Lawyers – help with legal protection from abuse
-CONTACT INFO:
In Pittsburgh, (412) 281-9906
In Cranberry, (724) 774-9906

In Allegheny County, victims of domestic violence should report to the third floor (Room 3030) of Allegheny County Family Court located at 440 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday except during court holidays. Assistance in completing the PFA petition will be given and a hearing will be conducted at 1:00 p.m.
Domestic Violence Lawyers Website

RESOURCES IN SURROUNDING COUNTIES

Armstrong County – Helping Abuse Victims in Need – (724) 548-8888

Butler County – VOICE victim outreach – (724) 776-5910

Fayette County – (724) 439-9500

Greene County – (724) 852-2463

Indiana County – Alice Paul House – (724) 349-4444

Lawrence County – Crisis Shelter – (724) 652-9036

Washington County – Women’s Shelter – (724) 223-9190

——DOMESTIC VIOLENCE——

Compiled by Drs. Eslter, Moody and Nease, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Last updated on Oct 20th, 2006.

CRISIS CENTER NORTH

Offers a 24-hour Hotline, counseling services, emergency housing, advocacy services, parenting classes, and case management services.
-CONTACT INFO: HOTLINE, (412) 364-5556

CENTER FOR VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME

Offers community outreach programs and counseling for children and adults who have been victims of or exposed to violence. Offers legal help.
-CONTACT INFO: 24 Hour Helpline, (412) 392-8582
Center for Victims of Violent Crime Website

WOMAN’S PLACE

Offers emergency shelter, counseling, community outreach programs for violence prevention, legal services, and parenting classes.
-CONTACT INFO: EMERGENCY HOTLINE,(412) 678-4616
Woman’s Place Website

WOMAN’S SHELTER

Also offers emergency housing, legal services, case management, and counseling for kids.
-CONTACT INFO: Main Phone, (412) 687-8017
-EMERGENCY HOTLINE, (877) 338-TALK.
Woman’s Shelter Website

FAMILY RESOURCES

They offer parenting classes and a camp opportunity where kids and families can get out of their routine and into a place that supports family development and closeness. Parent, child and faily counseling. Crisis intervention services.
Locations in McKeesport, South Side, Downtown, North Side, and 18 public housing communities
-CONTACT INFO: Main number, (412) 683-7517
-WARMLINE – hotline for kids at risk or parents who feel they may hurt their kids, (800) 641-4546.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELP

Offers emergency Family Crisis Services
-CONTACT INFO:
201 S. Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 361-4257

BETHLEHEM HAVEN

Shelter, food, clothing, legal services as well as job training and mental health services
-CONTACT INFO: (412) 391-1348
Bethlehem Haven Website

ALLE-KISKI HOPE CENTER

Legal, shelter, advocacy services
-CONTACT INFO: (888) 299-4673

UNITED WAY

Domestic Violence Helpline
-CONTACT INFO: (412) 678-4616

MATILDA THESIS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

373 Burrows St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 383-1555

—–CHILDCARE—–

Compiled by Dr. Kilpatrick, Resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Last updated on Sept 12, 2007.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY CHILD CARE INFORMATION SERVICES
Assists families with finding and funding quality child care. Available throughout PA but is county based.
-CONTACT INFO:
CCIS of Allegheny County – City
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 – 1982
(412) 225-1287 or (800) 392’3131

CCIS of Allegheny County – North
12134 Frankstown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
(412) 225-1650 or (800) 392-3131

CCIS of Allegheny County – South
Keystone Commons
653 Braddock Avenue, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15112
(412) 255-1618 or (800) 392-3131
Child Care Services Website

PA CHILD CARE FINDER

From this website you can search for child care facilities in Pennsylvania by area or zipcode.
Child Care Finder Website

FOUR STEPS FOR SELECTING CHILD CARE

Helpful information for families to make well informed decisions regarding their child’s care. Provides helpful questions to ask the provider. Provides a list of things to look for when visiting a facility.
Steps to Selecting Providers

—–CHILDCARE FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES—–

BRIGHT START LEARNING CENTER

Chartiers Valley UP Church
Old Washington Road
Carnegie, PA 15106
(412) 279-8810

CHILD’S WAY

5425 Baum Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 365-6065
Child’s Way Website

GOOD START CHILD CARE CENTER

2600 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 481-3300
Good Start Website

INTERPLAY CHILD CARE

1400 South Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
(412) 371-6255

LIFESTEPS CHILD CARE/PRESCHOOL

383 New Castle Rd
Butler, PA 16001
(800) 225-201
Lifesteps Website

PITTSBURGH ACTION AGAINST RAPE (PAAR)

Private non-profit organization which offers expert therapy, medical/legal advocacy and educational programs for children and teens on understanding and reducing the risk of sexual violence.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 431-5665
PAAR Website

SPECIFIC AUTISM RESOURCES

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURHGH’S CHILD DEVELOPMENT UNIT (see above)

THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF PITTSBURGH
A privately funded resource and outreach program specifically focused on issues of Autism and Autism spectrum diseases in the Pittsburgh area. They have information for families on referrals, medications and nutritional information as well as a library or autism resources that is publicly accessible. They also provide the innovative SPEAK summer program to help children with Autism develop recreation skills and the Spectrum Charter School for Children with Autism.
– CONTACT INFO:
4371 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 856-7223
Autism Society of Pittsburgh’s Website

Wesley Spectrum
Wesley Spectrum provides a diverse range of education, autism, mental health and social services to children and families throughout western Pennsylvania. We create transformational support, allowing children, adolescents, individuals, and families build resiliency skills to successfully cope with life’s adversities.
– CONTACT INFO:
221 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15221
412-342-2300
http://www.wesleyspectrum.org/

SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY/METNAL RETARDATION RESOURCES

CHARTIERS COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AND RETARDATION CENTER (see above)

ACHIEVA
Formerly known as ARC Allegheny, this is western Pennsylvania’s largest nonprofit provider of services for people with disabilities. Early childhood supports include Early Intervention, advocacy, respite services, camp programs and financial planning. Adolescent services also include transitional living programs.
– CONTACT INFO:
711 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 995-5000
ACHIEVA’s Website

TREE OF HOPE

A faith-based organization intended to meet the needs of families who have suffered a traumatic loss. Services focus around immediate crisis intervention as well as meeting emotional, economic, and psychosocial needs. They provide unique types of therapy for children and serve as child advocates.
– CONTACT INFO:
13 Pride St.
Professional Bldg, Suite One
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219
(412) 434-0404

Tree of Hope Website

WESTERN PYSCHIATRIC INSTITUTE AND CLINIC (WPIC)

WPIC is one of the leading university-based mental health facilities in the country. It is part of UPMC and together they have developed a Behavioral Health network, which includes several regional behavioral health affiliates. WPIC specializes in the treatment of multiple disorders including anxiety, eating disorders and addiction. They target several programs to children and adolescents (STAR, COPE) and provided services such as resident treatment (KidSTEP), community-based wraparound and Cactis/Mobile Crisis intervention services.
– CONTACT INFO:
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2593
(412) 624-2100

SERVICES FOR TEENS AT RISK (STAR)
STAR is another programed offered by WPIC Hospital. It specializes in preventing and treating suicidal behaviors, depression, and interpersonal violence in teens. Provides outpatient assessment and services for kids aged 13-18 at risk of suicide as well as post-intervention counseling. They also provide grief counseling groups and suicide survivor counseling as well as outreach into the local community via schools and community organizations.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 246-5619

CENTER FOR OVERCOMING PROBLEM EATING (COPE)
This program is part of the services offered by WPIC and centers on treatment for patients with eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia nervosa at all levels of care. There is a 20 bed inpatient unit for the most seriously ill patient which is run by a multidisciplinary team. There are also Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs which provide structured therapy in a supportive environment without being in a hospital setting and an outpatient clinic used for assessment and extend counseling.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 647-9329
COPE’s Website

YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTERED SERVICES (YFCS) at SOUTHWOOD PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

YFCS is a national organization dedicated to providing support to troubled children and adolescents. Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is a YFCS facility in Pittsburgh which has slowly expanded its services to include a 21 bed acute inpatient facility, 63 bed residential program which utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a variety of community-based programs which target children ages 4 – 18 with psychiatric illness.
– CONTACT INFO:
2575 Boyce Plaza Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
(412) 257-2290
Southwood Hospital’s Website

—–MENTAL HEALTH—–

Compiled by Drs. Abikoff, Friehling, and Geisler, Residents at Children’s Hosptial of Pittsburgh
Last updated on March 27, 2008.

ALLEGHENY HEALTH SYSTEM

Allegheny General Hospital, part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System, has a division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which includes both inpatient and outpatient programs. Treatment is available for several emotional and behavioral problems including Adjustment disorders, Autism, Tourette’s and Attention deficit.
– CONTACT INFO:
320 East North Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 359-3131
Allegheny Health System’s Website

CENTER FOR TRAUMATIC STRESS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (CTSCA)

CTSCA is a service of Allegheny General Hospital that serves children and families who have experienced traumatic or stressful events. They provide evaluation and treatment of children after events including abuse, witnessing violence, death of a family member and/or natural disasters and aim to alleviate serious symptoms and promote healthy coping responses. They also provide Childhood Traumatic Grief (CTG) educational materials for schools and consumer groups and members work with outreach organizations.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 330-4328
CTSCA website

CHARTIERS COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AND RETARDATION CENTER

Mental health department, which helps to assist individuals with emotional or mental health problems and their families. Services are available for children over the age of 6 years. Services provided include support, rehabilitation services and partial hospitalization services/day programs.
– CONTACT INFO:
437 Railroad Street
Bridgeville, PA 15017
(412) 221-3302 ext 123
Chartiers Community Website

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH’S CHILD DEVELOPMENT UNIT

The CDU specializes in assessing a child’s delays developmentally, behaviorally or emotionally; developmental disorders; genetic disorders; or long-term consequences of medical conditions. This assessment leads to referrals for appropriate services and recommendations for building on a child’s strengths and for helping him or her in problem areas. This is assessment is done through a team based approach. Other services include Down’s Syndrome and Fragile X clinic as well as the Autism Center.
– CONTACT INFO:
Children’s Oakland Medical Building
3420 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 692-5589

DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROGRAMS

PARENTS OF TEENAGE ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSERS (POTADA)
A support group for parents and other adult relatives of children with alcohol and drug problems. Members meet to discuss and help each other cope with the difficulties and emotional hardships that they endure as a result of their relationship with someone with a substance abuse problem. The group is anonymous.
– CONTACT INFO:
John McMillan United Presbyterian Church
875 Clifton Rd.
Bethel Park, PA 15102

GATEWAY GENESIS
A division of Gateway Rehab dedicated to youth and adolescents with drug and alcohol abuse and dependency. Services include detoxification if necessary, inpatient assessment, stabilization and rehabilitation, partial hospitalization, after school programs and outpatient counseling. Programs are individually tailored to the social, emotional and psychological needs of the individual. Also offered is the YES program, an intensive, moderate term residential treatment program for youth with drug and alcohol issues who have been court ordered through area counties.
– CONTACT INFO:
100 Moffet Run Road
Aliquippa, PA
(800) 472-1177

Gateway Rehab’s Website

FAMILY LINKS

A non-profit social service agency that provides mental health and mental retardation programs, youth and family development programs, adult community services, alcohol and other drug treatment, and school-based prevention services to children, families and individuals throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Services include the family based mental health program, a mobile crisis intervention service, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, case management and wrap around. Additionally shelter and job training are provided.
– CONTACT INFO:
250 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 661-1800
Family Links’ Website

HERITAGE VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM–STAUNTON CLINIC

JCAHO accredited treatment facility with children and adult programs including psychiatric evaluations and management, family therapy, counseling and student assistance programs at area schools. Inpatient therapy available for children 12 years and older.
– CONTACT INFO:
300 Bilmar Drive, Suite #240
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 749-7341
Other Northwest locations include; McKees Rocks, Rochester, Imperial, Wexford, Bellevue and Edgeworth Square (largest facility).
Heritage Valley Website

MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY RESOURCES

Allegheny County Emergency Services (ACES), Mental Health and Drug/Alcohol Crisis Intervention 24-hour line: 1-888-424-2287

CONTACT Pittsburgh
Crisis and Suicide Hotline: (412) 820-HELP
Student and Young Adult Line: (412) 820-HELP

WPIC Emergencies: 1-877-624-4100
Diagnostic Evaluation Center (DEC): (412) 624-2000

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape – PAAR
24-hour Free Hotline: 1-866-363-7273

Tree of Hope
For children who have been exposed to or witnessed violent crimes.
24-hour Hotline: 1-800-804-8410

MERCY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Part of Pittsburgh’s Mercy Hospital, Mercy Behavior Health has locations in multiple communities throughout Allegheny County. In additional to their adult services, there are multiple outpatient programs which target children and adolescents. Services include play therapy, family therapy, school – based treatment, A Child’s Place and Wrap Around services.
– CONTACT INFO: Allegheny County Emergency Services (ACES) 24-hour crisis line: 1-888-424-2287
Mercy’s Behvioral Health Website

NORTH HILLS YOUTH MINISTRY COUNSELING CENTER

A community organization providing counseling to youth, teens and families as well as education, prevention and advocacy cervices. Services are faith-based but non-denominational. Specific programs include school difficulty, drug and alcohol, depression, peer pressure, family conflict and suicide. Individual services are provided to elementary and teen-aged children as well as family and group settings. Educational resources and tutoring are also available.
– CONTACT INFO:
802 McKnight Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412)366-1300
North Hills Website

—–AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS—–

Compiled by Drs. Gyaltsong, Sarknas, and Trapp, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Last updated on Feb 11th, 2007

PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

After school programs exist in 75% of schools in the Pittsburgh School District. They are managed by school staff as well as school community collaboratives that include teachers, parents, and community agency personnel. These programs include academic tutoring and enrichment, clubs, athletics, social skill development and peer leadership. There are between three and twenty different programs at sites that provide after school programs.
-CONTACT INFO:
(412) 622-3500
Pittsburgh Public Schools

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PLAY

The Center for Creative Play is a non-profit organization located in Pittsburgh, PA. The Center provides a welcoming, parent-supervised, inclusive play space for children of all abilities. In addition, the organization lends developmental toys; affords exceptional technology; provides education and networking opportunities to parents and those who support them; and promotes the vision and practice of inclusive communities.
– CONTACT INFO:
1400 South Braddock Avenue
Pittsburgh , PA 15218
(412) 371-1668

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF PITTSBURGH (SQUIRREL HILLL)

We have hundreds of activities and programs for people of all ages and interests. We offer day care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, Kindergarten and after-school programs for grades K-6; summer day camps and overnight camp; exercise, fitness and wellness classes; indoor swimming pools; music and dance classes; and special interest classes for adults of all ages.
– CONTACT INFO: 5738 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 521-8010

COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES CORPORTAION

CHSC currently offers an After School Program and a Summer Camp to the youth of South Oakland and the Lower Hill areas for K-8th grade.We have established the following core program areas for our After School and Summer Programs; academic support and achievement, recreational activities, technological competency, cultural enrichment, healthy lifestyles/nutrition, cultural competency, life skills, social skills, and volunteerism/community service. Our programs offer a variety of activities including homework and literacy supports, daily reading, computers, field trips, arts and crafts, music, cooking, recreation and games.
– CONTACT INFO:
374 Lawn Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-4706

YMCA OF GREATER PITTSBURGH

After school programs offered at multiple locations. To check availability, go to childcare/education link on website.
YMCA Website

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF GREATER PITTSBURGH

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is to make positive differences in the lives of children by providing one-to-one mentoring programs and related services that help youth discover their highest potential and grow to become responsible adults leading productive and rewarding lives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Website

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA

More than 25 national programs are available in the areas of education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics.
Boys and Girls Club Website

PITTSBURGH PARKS AND RECREATION

Offer a variety of programs for children and families-use the link below to find out local offerings.
Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation Website