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Lew’s Crew – Ride to End Veteran & First Responder Suicide

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Every Pennsylvania Child Deserves a Home Where They Feel Safe and Loved

Every Pennsylvania Child Deserves a Home Where They Feel Safe and Loved’

Through education, volunteering and partnerships, we can strengthen our communities and ensure that youth in foster care have the support they need for a future they deserve.

Foster care provides temporary care for children who are unable to remain in their own homes for safety reasons and who are placed in the custody of a county children and youth agency by the courts. Pennsylvania currently has more than 13,000 children in foster care.

During the month of May, we celebrate National Foster Care Month. This is an opportunity for us to recognize foster youth and the people who provide them with love and support. It is our duty to help vulnerable children, child welfare professionals, and the families they serve.
 Meet PA Kids Waiting for a Loving Home!
PA Needs Foster Parents!

Pennsylvania has a critical need for more foster parents — if you would like to make a difference in a child’s life, contact your county children and youth agency. 
Locate your local county children and youth agency
Learn More about PA foster care: PA Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN)Questions? Call the SWAN Helpline at 1-800-585-7926 or send an email to a foster parentIt takes a special type of person to provide stability to children in crisis when their own home has stopped being the right place for them to live, at least for the time being. But that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped needing what all kids need — security, nurturing and guidance. Foster parents step in and provide those protections temporarily.

Both public and private foster care agencies, as well as the Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association (toll-free: 800-951-5151) recruit foster parents to provide these services for children. Each foster care agency accepts applications from individuals interested in becoming foster parents.

Minimum requirements that must be met by all applicants:
Be at least 21 years of age;Pass a medical examination; andPass screening requirements related to child abuse and criminal history clearances.FAQ: Clearances for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Household members
Other factors taken into consideration:
Parent/child relationships;Ability to meet special needs of children placed in the home;Number and characteristics of children best suited for the foster family; and/orResidential requirements (Title 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3700).Foster parents receive training and support while caring for the child. In addition, foster parents are reimbursed for the cost of caring for a foster child and health care costs are generally covered.Support Through the ProcessSupport groups are available and may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently.
Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association (PSRFA)Find a foster care support group near you — AdoptUSKids.orgPA KinConnectorPA KinConnector provides resources, information, support and education (RISE) for kinship caregivers — including grandparents, aunts or uncles, siblings, cousins, or non-blood “relatives” — who take on the traditional parenting responsibilities when biological parents cannot.Learn more about PA KinConnectorFind available family services by county Connect with free resources: 1-800-490-8505Additional Foster Care Resources National Foster Care Month 2022 — Child Welfare Information GatewayDiakon Adoption & Foster CareFoster Care — U.S. Administration for Children & FamiliesPennsylvanian Youth Advisory Board (YAB)Adopt.orgA Proclamation on National Foster Care Month, 2022 — The White HouseUPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION  Did you move? Have a new phone number? 
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@PAHumanServices@PAHumanServicesPA Department of Human ServicesThank you for subscribing!All of us at DHS would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of our readers as we continue to serve, protect, and educate Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable. If you’re not a DHS regular yet, be sure to follow us on social and visit our For All of Us blog for more reads.DHS & PA Headlines• As 988 hotline goes live in Pennsylvania, crisis centers need workers
• Affordable for whom? The cost of child care in Pa. — Pennsylvania Capital-Star
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Lancaster Chamber News

The Lancaster Chamber’s Pro-Business Agenda focuses on workforce policies in three areas: meeting workforce demands, strengthening the future workforce, and expanding workforce opportunities. Similarly, ReadyNation has leveraged the experience, influence, and expertise of business executives to promote public policies and programs that build a stronger workforce and economy. At this Wake Up, attendees will hear from panelists on effective investments in education and students as the future workforce and the impacts those investments can have.
PANELISTS:Dr. Edith Gallagher, Ph.D., School Director, School District of LancasterRobert KrasneCEO, Steinman CommunicationsAdam HoseyChief Equity Officer, YWCA of LancasterSam KreiserCEO, The Dahlia Group at LancLiving Realty, President/Founder, PA Real Estate Anti-Racism CoalitionDonna CooperExecutive Director, Children FirstSteve DosterPA State Director, ReadyNation
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Important Information for the Pennsylvania Primary on Tuesday, May 17th!
The May 17th primary election is approaching, and if you’re not sure where to vote, the polling place search tool can help.

Enter your address information in the drop-down menus and the tool will locate your polling place. It can also provide directions from your residence to the site.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Mail ballots must be received by your county board of elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

To learn more about the Primary Elections in Pennsylvania, click below.

Domestic Violence Services (DVS) of Lancaster County

See You May 26!
Dear Friends of DVS, As a primary care clinician at Union Community Care during these stressful pandemic days, I regularly see women who are trying to survive with limited resources for themselves and their children. The pandemic’s isolation has permitted intimate partner violence to continue – in a very frightening way. At UCC, we ask our patients about their safety at home in many different ways, and I hope that by doing this, we are giving folks an opportunity to ask for help, whether through verbal information, the texting number in our bathrooms, or referral to our embedded social work and behavioral health staff.   In addition to supporting victims and survivors in my work, my husband, Lenny Walton, and I have personally supported DVS for many years in various ways – including introducing our friends and neighbors to this important cause. I would invite you to please join me at the first-ever DVS Mixer on May 26th and bring a friend to learn about DVS and widen our circle of caring.
Linda Gort DVS Supporter & Advocate2021 Catalyst for Change Awardee
Connect the Dots AND Bring a Friend!
Please join us for the DVS Spring Mixer!
Thursday, May 26, 20225:30 – 7:30p.m.Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! Please contact Brittany Mitchell, at or call 717-299-7388 ext. 3099
Purchase Tickets HereSponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorships are available and the key to our success! We seek business, organizational and individual sponsorships for our year-long series of events – as a package. Sponsors will receive even more recognition than in the past, as they will be featured at various events throughout the year. For more information, please contact: Kristy Aurand • Phone: 717-299-7388, ext. 3032 • Email:
Other Ways to Support!
Do you want to help domestic violence survivors, but you aren’t sure what you can do? We’re here to help.We hope you will join us in standing up for survivors in October and always. Here’s how you can get involved:Sign up to be an advocate. Start a Facebook Fundraiser.Set up a monthly donation. Share your story. Become a sponsor.Attend the events.Schedule a Circle of Support.
Thank You For SupportingVictims & Survivors! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌Support DVS with a One Time GiftSustain DVS with a Recurring Gift About Domestic Violence Services (DVS) of Lancaster County DVS is a catalyst to eliminate domestic violence in Lancaster County through direct service, advocacy, and social change. DVS offers 24/7 hotline and text line, emergency shelter, counseling, children’s programming, legal advocacy and representation, and transitional housing. All services are free of charge and strictly confidential. DVS hosts professional trainings and community education and prevention sessions for schools, businesses and community and faith-based organizations. For more information, visit
Community Action Program of Lancaster County | 601 South Queen Street, P.O. Box 599, Lancaster, PA 17608-0599

Helping Seniors – Caring Transitions – Lancaster, PA


Your Quick & Easy Guide to Helping Seniors Declutter Helping your parent or loved one declutter without stress…is it possible? We’re here to tell you that it is! Try this step-by-step process and some of our tips for keeping stress low and efficiency high when helping a senior declutter.  Click ‘LEARN MORE’ to read out top tips for decluttering with a senior. LEARN MORE  

Containing the clutter in your home is good for your mental health! Although we all have different levels of tolerance when it comes to clutter, studies have shown that an untidy home can increase stress, whereas a tidy home can help you feel more secure and calm. Click ‘LEARN MORE’ to read how decluttering can benefit your mental health. LEARN MORE  

April is financial literacy month—a great time to brush up on your financial knowledge. The goal is to make informed decisions, plan for the future, spend wisely, and avoid frauds and scams. Click ‘LEARN MORE’ to read our top tips for financial literacy when preparing for retirement and beyond.

How do you deal with moving into a smaller house? Sometimes you just need a little imagination and organization. With these tips for making your new small space work for you, you’ll soon be enjoying your new home.  Click ‘LEARN MORE’ to get some ideas to make downsizing a smooth process.

Caring Transitions Lancaster PA
Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565 • (717) 471-1463 
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VIP (Veterans in the Park) – Join us this Saturday, May 14th @ 9:00 a.m. Heritage Center 1102 Red Bridge in Reading

Lebanon Family Health – Splash of Color Party & Art Auction

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Please join Lebanon Family Health Services as we celebrate the arts with our eighth annual Splash of Color on Saturday, June 18th, 2022, at 7 p.m. at The Red-Headed League and Market Mezzanine, 33 S. 8th St., Lebanon, PA 17042.

Our silent auctions will be open for both virtual and in-person bidding, buying, and winning!
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will feature work from artists across Central Pennsylvania and beyond. Enjoy an exciting and entertaining evening of original art, music, live performances, and friendship as we kick off this year’s must-attend event! Seating will be limited, so reserve your spot today!

per person to attend the event in person. This year’s event will be held at The Red-Headed League’s Worrilow Room and Market Mezzanine and will begin at 7 p.m. Enjoy a selection of complimentary hors d’oeuvres along with 2 two drink tickets for your choice of beer, wine, or a signature mixed drink!

Bid on selected works and experiences from some of our area’s most celebrated artists while supporting Lebanon Family Health Services.  Attending in person allows you to participate in our exciting live auction experiences! Registered bidders can actively bid and track their silent auction activity directly from their smartphones or mobile devices starting on May 21st.

Receive text updates for Splash of Color 2022 directly to your phone! To opt-in text SPLASH to 844-984-2454.
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VA5K 35th Annual Memorial Run – Register today!

Sat May 28 – Sat June 11, 2022

Lebanon, PA 17042

Quality Insights – Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, Quality Insights supports the national movement to raise awareness about mental health.Mental health refers to our emotional and social well-being and impacts how we think, feel, and behave. It plays a role in connecting with others, making decisions, handling stress, and many other aspects of daily life. Everyone has mental health, and it deserves our attention just as much as our physical health.We encourage you to explore the following resources to enhance your knowledge of mental health.
MHA’s “Back to Basics” Campaign
The ABCs of Mental Health Month Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country have observed May as Mental Health Month through media, local events, and screenings. This year, the theme of MHA’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit is “Back to Basics.” Here are some simple ABCs – as easy as 123 – to help you get Back to Basics with mental health and well-being during May. Act: While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. Explore Mental Health America’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit, which provides free, practical resources. Learn about recognizing warning signs, knowing the factors that can lead to mental health conditions, maintaining mental well-being, and seeking help for mental health. Boost: Show your support this month by wearing lime green, the official awareness color for mental health. Post your photo and/or share your mental health story online. Tag @MentalHealthAmerica on Instagram and use #gogreenformh for MHA to share your pictures.Contribute: Become a “Fight in the Open” champion with a monthly donation. Donations can help MHA help 10 individuals by screening them for mental health conditions and directing them to resources. Or, shop MHA’s Store and take a picture with your merch to share online.  
NAMI’s “Together for Mental Health” Campaign
Mental Health Awareness Month For 2022’s Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will amplify the message of “Together for Mental Health.” Be sure to check out NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.Resources2022 Awareness Event GuideWays to Get InvolvedRead Personal StoriesShare Your Story
Mental Health Infographic
Prioritizing Mental Health Care in America According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 37% of the U.S. population live in a mental health professional shortage area.Check out this infographic from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, which showcases the impact of mental health care across the U.S.  
View the Infographic
Contact UsSheila Barnett, BSN, RN – 1.800.642.8686 ext. 3221This material was prepared by Quality Insights, a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. Publication number 12SOW-QI-CC-050622-MV

Making a Difference in Dementia Care – FREE Education Friday May 13!!

Making a Difference in Dementia Care Our keynote speaker is Author, Caregiver, & Motivational Speaker 
Loretta Woodward Veney. She is speaking about ‘The JOY of Caregiving” 

8:00am Registration, Light Refreshments & Mingle with Community Partners (In-Person)
8:30am- Program will begin
8:30-8:45am– Introduction of Community Partners
8:45-10:00am Dementia Friends Information Session
10:00-10:10am Break
10:10- 11:30am Keynote Speaker
11:30- 12:30am Pannel Discussion  To register call 717-843-1504, email or  click on the link below! Register Here 
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