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Open Barn Event – Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy

You are invited to attend our annual Open Barn event! Bring your friends, families, coworkers, etc. with you to learn more about who we are and what we do!

Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy

699 Wooltown Road, Wernersville, PA 19565
(717) 917-7137

Empowering individuals and families to find hope, healing and wholeness through therapeutic work with horses.

How to start a Veteran-Owned Business

Working With Clients with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) A Panel Discussion May 19 2022

Working With Clients with Severe Mental Illness (SMI)A Panel Discussion
Thursday, May 19, 2022
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Edinboro University Frank G. Pogue Student Center Room 303 B
Attend Virtually via Zoom2 CEUs
Edinboro University’s Social Work Programs are fully accredited by CSWE. We are a Pre-Approved Provider of Social Work Continuing Education by the Pa. State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.$45 Regular Registration
Ask about student discounts
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For questions, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at or 814-732-1250
Working with Clients with Severe Mental Illness May 2022.

beyond50 Resource Directory

Working together and sharing information and resources strengthens our community.
beyond50 Resource Directory delivers essential local resources for boomers, seniors, and their families and caregivers.The directory will be included as a special feature in our monthly 50plus Life print magazine, which is widely distributed throughout Lancaster County. beyond50 Resource Directory will be easily distinguishable by its “yellow pages” and created as a pullout section inside 50plus Life.beyond50 Resource Directory includes information about health and wellness; legal, financial, and housing services; home improvement; medical equipment; entertainment; nonprofit organizations; nutrition; emergency services; and much more.Don’t miss out on this annual opportunity to reach more than 25,000 boomers and seniors. Help them find you by being included in Lancaster County’s premier annual directory of local resources for members of your community.
Lancaster County beyond50 Resource DirectoryAd Closing Date: June 24, 2022Street Date: August 2022
To reserve your space, contact your marketing consultant, call 717.285.1350, or email today to be included in the next edition of the Resource Directory!

FREE Webinar Important Strategies for Family/Caregivers and the Family Peer Support Workforce Working with Families of LGBTQ+ Children May 18, 2022

Wednesday, May 18th: Monthly Webinar Topic: Important Strategies for Family/Caregivers and the Family Peer Support Workforce Working with Families of LGBTQ+ Children
Learn more and register here.
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SUPPORT GROUP- Family Connections

SUPPORT GROUP- Family Connections- a Virtual group for parents/caregivers who support Loved ones facing Substance Abuse and/or Mental Health challenges!
1st Thursday of the Month at 1:30 pm Easter Time
Join us for Family Connections – a virtual community for parents and caregivers who support loved ones facing substance use and/or mental health challenges.We meet on the first Thursday of every month from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET.Monthly gatherings will focus on a specific topic, provide tips and tools, and offer the opportunity to network with other families.Learn More and Register HereJoin us for our discussion topic “Families Managing System Navigation” on Thursday, June 2 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET.Stay tuned for a description and presenter information to be added soon!Moderators: Gail Cormier, Lachelle Wade-Freeman
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 LANCASTER COUNTY HOMELESSNESS COALITION Our team has focused on gathering with partners at the Spring CoC meeting (nearly 50 attended), awarding funds (EFSP), presenting to the community, evaluating shelter service, and finalizing the Point-In-Time count. We have also celebrated the graduation of our Millersville University intern, Marjorie Shaffer, and welcomed her onboard at LCHRA. Marjorie joins Deb, Jody, Melina, Izzy, and Beth as a staff member and will be assisting with ERAP and housing efforts. EFSP FUNDS AWARDEDLCHRA in partnership with United Way of Lancaster County awarded a total of $834,029 in Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds to 16 local agencies serving people across the county. The funded categories are: Shelter: Mass shelter $418,918; Other shelter $105,336; Supplies $5,000
Meals: Served meals $214,056; Other food $7,000
Eviction Prevention: Rent/Mortgage: $51,079; Utilities $15,959  EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM In mid-April procedural changes were made to the ERAP application process. The eligibility requirements remain the same, however, changes were made to require an in-person screening and application. As a result, there has been a 41% decrease in applications from March 2022 to April 2022. Of those pre-screened, 45% resulted in an application while others did not meet the requirements of the program. REFRESH LANCASTER SUMMER KICK OFFOn Friday, June 3rd at 9:00 a.m. the Refresh Lancaster mobile hygiene team will kick off the summer season with a special event at the Union Community Care Center, 304 N. Water Street, Lancaster. Event activities include showers, medical care, lunch, haircuts, social worker connections, and educational opportunities including hands-only CPR and Narcan administration trainings.
Mobile Hygiene Unit ScheduleColumbia – Columbia Shelter, 291 S. 4th St., Columbia – Monday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Elizabethtown – ECHOS, 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown – Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Lancaster – The Food Hub, 812 N. Queen St., Lancaster – Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
 – Union Community Care, 304 N. Water St., Lancaster – Friday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
New Holland – CrossNet Ministries, 123 W. Franklin St., New Holland – Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. LCHRA SUPPORTS YWCA RACE AGAINST RACISM On April 29th, a team from the LCHRA participated in the YWCA’s Race Against Racism 5K. Thank you to all the runners, volunteers, food vendors, musicians, sponsors, fans, and YWCA staff for being a part of this important event benefiting the YWCA Center for Racial and Gender Equity MAY IS PRIMARY MONTH This year’s Pennsylvania primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. We encourage everyone to get out and vote. For more information regarding Voting and Elections in Lancaster County, please click the button below. LC Voter Registration & Board of Elections KINDERGARTEN EXPO & ENROLLMENT EVENTThe School District of Lancaster is hosting a Kindergarten Expo Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Victory Field, in front of JP McCaskey High School. This event is open to all incoming Kindergarten families. Offering free children’s activities, food, and on-site enrollment. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to the JP McCaskey gym.  LCHRA BOARD MEETINGS The next meeting of the Lancaster County Land Bank Authority will be held May 24, 2022 at 4:00 p.m., followed by the Housing Authority Board, and then the Redevelopment Authority Board. 
  1. Open a web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome).
  2. Go to You will now be on the TRAIN PA homepage.
  3. Log in to TRAIN PA by entering your log in name and password and click
    the “Login” button.
    Find Course and Register
  4. Enter the keyword “PA-EBH” in the Keyword or Course ID field located
    in the upper right-hand portion of the screen.
  5. Click the search icon button. You will be taken to the course search results page.
  6. Click on the name of a course — “PA-EBH: FY21/22 2022 PA CARES
    Training Summit (4.0 Hours) — Virtual”
  7. From the Course Details page, select the registration tab and follow
    the instructions to register for this course.
    PLEASE NOTE: You must check the box to “OPT IN” to receive email, and then verify your
    email address through the automatically generated message when registering in TRAINPA
    in order to receive ZOOM Link, training materials, and any potential changes or information
    related to the May 24 PA CARES program.
    If you are unable to attend after you register, please cancel your registration to
    promote others attending via registration. Persons must be registered to attend


The next two weeks of May are full of exciting and educational training webinars presented by PennCares. Take a look below at the trainings that will be rounding out the month of May!

For more information and to register, click on each title of the trainings which will take you to its registration page. Visit our website, often to see the most up-to-date list of trainings.
Healthy Thoughts in Older Adulthood: Recognizing & Treating Anxiety & Depression
May 18, 2022 This program is made possible through a grant from the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, a regional Foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Preparing Families for Raising Grandchildren from Diverse Generational Lenses
(1st of 2 Part Series) May 18, 2022 (1st Session)

Sept. 19, 2022 (2nd Session)This program is made possible through a grant from Greater Harrisburg
 Community Upstream 
Family Road Map
(3 Part Series)
Must attend all Sessions to Receive books and Certificate of Attendance May 19, 2022 (1st Session)

July 11, 2022 (2nd Session)

 August 3, 2022 (3rd Session)This program is made possible through a grant from Greater Harrisburg
 Community Upstream 
Isolation in Older Adults:
 Managing Adjustments after the Losses of the Pandemic
May 24, 2022
This webinar is made possible through a generous grant from the Memorial Health Fund
Take a Moment to Breathe: Kids Yoga and Mindfulness ClassesWednesdays – April 27, May 4,
May 18, and May 25, 2022 
This is program is made possible through a grant from the York County Community Foundation