Lebanon County NAACP

Lebanon Event – Bike N’ Bites

PA Developmental Disabilities Council – Fall 2022 PADDC Request for Grant Applications

FALL 2022 PADDC REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS We are pleased to announce that the newest Request for Application (RFA) book for 2022-2026 State Plan is now available for you to download, which includes 15 separate grant opportunities.

The deadline to submit applications for these grants is Wednesday, October 26, 2022.
Click here to read more and download the RFA book and other application resources.

In addition, PADDC is offering funding on a rolling basis through our Community Grants Program.
Get more information about the Community Grants Program.


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Business Leaders’ Breakfast – Lancaster

Veterans Events

We are back to face-to-face events for 2022! See our schedule of upcoming Vet Cafe’s and other Veterans events below.   All events are free for all Veterans, any era, any service branch.
Friends and family are welcome.  
All events are at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA, unless otherwise noted.   SPACE IS LIMITED, please RSVP.  
2022 EVENTS   Friday, September 16, 6 PM – 8 PM   MIA/POW Day Dinner and Ceremony  
Thursday, October 20, 8 AM – 10 AM   Veterans’ Café Breakfast and Conversation  
Thursday, November 10, 5 PM – 6 PM   Veterans’ Day Watchfire Ceremony  

For more information please contact:   Jeff Hawks Director of Education and Veterans Outreach Army Heritage Center Foundation eddirector@armyheritage.org 717-258-1102   PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING OUR SPONSORS WHO MAKE THESE EVENTS POSSIBLE             www.vet-cafe.com   What’s your story?  

Memory Loss & Aging: Myths & Reality Thursday, September 15 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Memory Loss & Aging: Myths & Reality Thursday, September 15 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: $10

2.0 Social Work CEUs available
This program is made possible through a grant from the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, a regional Foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. To register or learn more about the webinar below, please click on the image of the webinar.  
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Four Things to Know as We Celebrate Kinship Care in Pennsylvania

    Celebrating Kinship Care in Pennsylvania    
SEPTEMBER 2, 2022    
Four Things to Know as We Celebrate Kinship Care in Pennsylvania  

Every child deserves a safe, supportive, and permanent family. At the same time, every family should have the support of a strong and caring community, especially in cases where caregivers have opened their homes to adoption, foster children, or kinship care.
September is National Kinship Care Month.

Kinship care refers to caregivers — grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, adult siblings, and even family friends — who make the selfless choice to take on traditional parenting responsibilities when biological parents cannot.  The Pennsylvania KinConnector program works in all 67 counties of the commonwealth to uplift these families by providing education, support, and resources to grandparents and other relatives who are raising children. The KinConnector helpline (1-866-KIN-2111) is staffed by knowledgeable, compassionate social service professionals with access to these much-needed resources.   In the United States, there are more than 2.7 million children living with relatives. In Pennsylvania alone, more than 200,000 children are in kinship care. Often, when a child enters foster care, child welfare agencies will first turn to that child’s relatives for placement. This is done to help the child maintain important connections with within the family. In honor of National Kinship Care Month, this is the perfect time to celebrate and support all of Pennsylvania’s kinship families.       
LEARN MORE ABOUT PA KINSHIP CARE   Call the PA KinConnector Support Line Today!
The helpline is available from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
(Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.)        4 Things to Know about
Kinship Care In Pennsylvania.

1. There are two types of kinship care.

There’s informal kinship care, as well as formal kinship care. Some children might be placed with their relatives privately (informal), while others are formally placed in kinship care by a child welfare agency (public kinship care or kinship foster care). 

2. There are many reasons why children end up in kinship care.

In recent years, the opioid epidemic and parental substance use has caused an increase in the need for kinship care, but it is just one of many reasons that kinship families come together. Other reasons kinship families form might include parental military deployment, incarceration, mental or physical illness, and death. Whatever the cause, when parents are unable to care for their children, these caregivers often step in at a moment’s notice to keep families together. 

3. A biological parent can still maintain a connection with their child during kinship care. Learn more: Parental Roles  When biological parents are not able to take on the traditional responsibilities of parenting, there are a number of roles they can assume that match their abilities, and allow them to maintain a positive connection with their children. 

  4. There are resources available to kinship caregivers  Find Kinship Services available in your County  PA KinConnector helps to assist kinship caregivers by providing information on financial assistance, legal information and referrals, and other issues caregivers face when raising children to provide stability and permanency in the home.

Resources available to Kinship Families 

Behavioral Health Services  Child care  Find Child Care & Other Early Learning Programs — PA KinConnector Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program —  DHS PA 211 Family Resources  Clothing  PA 211 Clothing & Household Resources  Food Assistance  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — DHS Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) — DHS National School Lunch Program — PA Dept. of Education PA 211 Food Assistance Resources  Health Care Services  Medical Assistance (Medicaid) — DHS Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — DHS Financial Services  Unemployment Compensation  — PA. Dept. of Labor and Industry Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) — DHS Housing Resources — DHS PA 211 Housing & Shelter  Legal services  DHS Legal Resources  PA 211 Legal Services  Senior Law Center   School Support  Early Childhood Education — DHS Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRC)  — The Pennsylvania Key  Online Resources for FamiliesPA Dept. of Education  Support for Families  Virtual Support GroupsPA KinConnector  Trainings  Kinship Family Trainings — PA KinConnector

Training for Child Care Professionals — PA KinConnector       Doctor Joseph Crumbley
Save the Date! Free Family Strengths Training Webinars
“The Inherent Strengths of Kinship Care” • Dates: September 15, 22, & 29, 2022 
• Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
• Presenter: Dr. Joseph Crumbley, internationally renowned kinship expert, consultant, and author.

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Lancaster County Joining Forces

September 2, 2022

Fall events and offerings from Donegal Substance Abuse Alliance (DSAA) in Mount Joy which include:

·         Yoga on Monday evenings

·         Grief Group – both online and in-person options

·         Game Night – First Friday of the month (ages 16 and older)

·         Family Support Group – online and in-person options

·         Volunteering – learn about opportunities available to volunteer for DSAA

Ø  RSVP today for the Fall Joining Forces Community Forum on Friday, September 30th. Additional details including agenda and RSVP instructions are on the invitation.

Ø  The Let’s Talk Lancaster Steering committee invites you to join us for a Fall Mental Health Summit on Wednesday, October 5th.  Additional details including agenda and RSVP instructions are on the invitation.

Ø  Don’t miss two family friendly opportunities!

·         Strengthening Families PREVIEW events at The Factory Ministries

·         Strengthening Families Sessions starting on October 4th

Free September Events

Click here to view PAC’s Free September Events
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High Tech + High Touch:
Sensi.Ai + Teepa Snow’s PAC

Live on Linkedin – September 6th at 2 pm EDT High Tech + High Touch: 

Early Detection and Care for Those Living with Cognitive Challenges

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 2:00 pm EDT
What happens when you combine Sensi.AI high-tech audio tracking of anomalies in level of cognition and care interactions with Teepa’s incredible high-touch support videos to explain why you might be seeing changes, what you can try differently, and where you can build more skills? Learn more about this new venture into high-tech with high-touch.
Register for the Free Live Webinar on Linkedin >>>Care Partner Support Series
Every Wednesday
September 7 – October 5, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET (-4 GMT)
Seeing the GEMS Workbook Webinar with Teepa Snow
September 8, 2022
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET (-4 GMT)Seeing the GEMS Workbook
 expands on GEMS information and provides quizzes and exercises to reinforce your learning and grow your ability to recognize each GEMS State. The August Online Dementia Journal is now available!

This month we discussed Sexuality, Intimacy, and Dementia Care

Upcoming Courses and Certifications Browse Upcoming Certifications >>PAC Champion Courses 1-4
Wednesday, September 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET (-4 GMT)8 hours of training for only $175 USD Champion 1:
 Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA): Learn to make interactions more positive for all Champion 2: Hand-under-Hand® (HuH): Begin to appreciate the use of touch to close the loop on communication Champion 3: Adapt your approach for the different GEMS® States Champion 4: GEMS® State Recognition: Notice what skills remain at each step of this journey Register for all 4 Champion Courses >>Upcoming Free Events and Content Positive Approach to Care (PAC) offers FREE
dementia care events every week for care partners like you. View Calendar of FREE PAC EventsBrain Connection Café
Monday, September 5, 2022
Canceled Due to HolidayFREE activity open to anyone! Ask Teepa Anything
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET (-4 GMT)FREE activity open to anyone!
Bingo with Creativity Café
Monday, September 12, 2022
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET (-4 GMT)FREE activity open to anyone! Have questions? We are happy to help!

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Join the PA Link for Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Counties mini-summit in person or virtually!