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. Local nonprofits can apply for grants from Greensburg Rotary

    Greensburg-area nonprofits could be eligible for a grant from the Rotary Club of Greensburg. The club is accepting applications for grants from its Madeline Nichols Fund for projects that benefit the community. Additional Info...
  2. Westmoreland farm community provides holiday feast for county's homeless

    Greensburg homeless shelter residents Beth Briggs and her friend, Sueann Hayden, were amazed at the generosity of those who donated food and volunteered to cook and serve a sumptuous holiday meal at a city church Tuesday for those less fortunate. Additional Info...
  3. Operation Santa Claus

    As it has for 33 years, Operation Santa Claus will again make sure that thousands of needy Western Pennsylvania families enjoy the gift of a holiday meal. Additional Info...
  4. 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...
  5. Presents for Patients looks for gifts, volunteers to visit 26 nursing homes

    For Virginia Latsko, the holidays are a time when the community — such as student groups and church youth organizations — reaches out with gifts and visits elderly patients at The Grove of Irwin, the North Huntingdon nursing home. Additional Info...
  6. Greensburg cathedral's Christmas tree signifies help for the homeless

    The Christmas tree erected in front of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral is more than a holiday decoration. The cathedral community calls it the “Tree of Hope,” a symbol of theBethlehem Project that aims to alleviate homelessness in Westmoreland County. Additional Info...
  7. Tax preparers for senior citizens needed in Westmoreland County

    The Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program (TCE) needs volunteers, age 55 and older, to help people file their tax returns, according to Westmoreland County Community College. Additional Info...
  8. 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...
  9. Director's leadership has helped Latrobe homeless shelter expand its mission

    While a sophomore at Saint Vincent College in 2004, Dan Carney worked as a cook and waiter at a Latrobe restaurant, often serving a handful of homeless men from the nearby Union Mission shelter who came in to use free meal vouchers. Additional Info...
  10. 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...
  11. Bill would simplify process for seniors seeking food aid

    Squeezed between a fixed income and rising medical expenses, Pat Taylor, 72, of Penn Hills, said she considers the box of food she and her husband receive every month to be a godsend. Additional Info...
  12. Police to offer car seat inspections in Westmoreland County

    State police will conduct free car seat safety checks in Westmoreland County during the next week as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Additional Info...
  13. The Many Forms, Faces And Causes Of PTSD

    Experiencing sexual assault or child sexual abuse, or living through accidents, disaster or witnessing death can all be contributing factors for PTSD, in addition to time in combat with the military. Additional Info...
  14. Greensburg nonprofit distributes free clothing

    Visitors to downtown Greensburg probably noticed a few things that seemed out of place Monday: plastic bags filled with hats, scarves and mittens affixed to light poles, parking meters and other conspicuous locations. Additional Info...
  15. Westmoreland groups raise awareness for homeless, hungry

    Westmoreland Community Action officials will recognize National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week with several events, starting with a candlelight vigil Monday night at the Westmoreland County Courthouse. Additional Info...
  16. Community Holiday Meals in Westmoreland Co.

    There's no need to be alone on the holiday. Please see this list of area agencies and churches that will be serving community holiday meals. Additional Info...
  17. Latrobe, Greensburg homeless shelters have beds ready for winter

    When the weather outside is fit for neither man nor beast, a group of Westmoreland County social service agencies is guaranteeing the homeless a place to stay. Additional Info...
  18. Greensburg now home to clinic that helps veterans with PTSD and addiction issues

    The growing problem of substance abuse and the growing numbers of veterans who are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder means there are plenty of people who are dealing with both issues. Additional Info...
  19. Westmoreland County families grow through annual 'Adoption Day'

    Latisha Igoe was ready to let the world know about the 1-year-old boy she has mothered for months. Additional Info...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. Valley Points Family YMCA in New Kensington mentors tomorrow's leaders

    Jerry Jefferson asked a roomful of young men at the Valley Points Family YMCA in New Kensington what they would do if they had $2,000. Additional Info...
  23. Torrance Operation Reindeer 2017
  24. Community HealthChoices meeting draws questions, concern

    The state Department of Human Services is presenting more than 40 community meetings over several weeks in the 14 counties for which Community HealthChoices takes effect Jan. 1. Additional Info...
  25. Tips on making a home more accessible without major construction

    For those who need a more accessible living space, outfitting your home for walkers, wheelchairs, scooters and other assistive devices requires forethought and planning. But it doesn’t have to involve major renovation projects or big budgets. Additional Info...
  26. Move to close Pennsylvania state-care facilities panned, hailed by advocates of disabled

    A bill pending in the Pennsylvania House has exposed fissures in the disability-rights community over the viability of large state-run institutions that care for the disabled. Additional Info...
  27. Community Health Choices Logo

    HealthChoices meetings announced

    IN JANUARY 2018, Community HealthChoices (CHC) will be the service program for persons enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance), Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities; and Medicaid-eligible consumers residing in a nursing home. Details, including meeting dates and registration
  28. Changes ahead for seniors selecting Medigap supplement insurance

    A plan to shut the doors on the most popular insurance policies used by retirees on Medicare will soon present difficult decisions for people choosing Medigap supplement insurance. Additional Info...
  29. Date, time, and location of the grief support groups for Mental Health America
  30. 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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