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Adoption Forum, 412-341-0227, A search and support group for biological parents, adoptees and adoptive parents. Meetings are the third Sunday of each month; call for details.

The Alzheimer Center of Pittsburgh, 5168 Campbells Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, 724-335-9883, A nonprofit that serves families affected by dementia through research, education and patient care.

The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Pennsylvania chapter, Southwestern regional office, 100 West Station Square Drive, The Landmarks Building, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-261-5040, Assists Pennsylvanians touched by Alzheimer's disease or related dementias by advancing research and ensuring that individuals, families and communities have the most useful information, care and support.

American Respiratory Alliance of Western Pennsylvania, Cranberry Professional Park, 201 Smith Drive, Suite E, Cranberry, PA 16066, 724-772-1750, Offers programs for adults with chronic lung diseases, children with asthma and their parents, adults and adolescents who would like to quit smoking, and health professionals who require the most current information on tuberculosis, influenza and other lung diseases.

Animal Friends, 2643 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-566-2103, A no-kill shelter that cares for unwanted, abandoned, abused or lost animals.

Autism Society of Pittsburgh, 4371 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146, 412-856-7223, Provides information and referral and advocacy services for autistic individuals, their parents, families and professionals who work with them. Sponsors the S.P.E.A.K. annual summer program for autistic children.

Bethany Christian Services of Pittsburgh, 694 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202-3421, 412-734-2662, Provides birth-parent counseling, full adoption and other family programs.

Bethlehem Haven, Fifth Avenue Commons, 905 Watson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-391-1348, Provides shelter, food, clothing and professional services, including drug and alcohol counseling, to more than 600 homeless women annually.

The Bradley Center, 3710 Saxonburg Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238, 412-767-5306, Therapeutic foster care program with services for children in need of a safe, structured environment.

Cancer Caring Center, 4117 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224, 412-622-1212, Free emotional support services to cancer survivors, their friends and loved ones.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Allegheny County, 564 Forbes Ave., No. 902, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-594-3606, Recruits volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Center for Family Excellence, 409 Dinwiddie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219-3367, 412-232-0322, ext. 24, Works to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect, promote healthy child development, improve parenting skills and provide support services.

Center in the Woods, Route 88, Box 546, California, PA 15419, 724-938-3554, A multi-purpose community center for older adults, serving more than 3,000 people.

Circle C Youth and Family Services, Suite 100, 2121 Noblestown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, 412-937-1605, A private, nonprofit agency serving troubled children since 1967. It operates four group home programs and a foster-care program for children and adolescents.

Domestic Abuse Counseling Center, 2306 East Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203, 412-431-4999, Develops programs for abused people and collaborates with victim-advocate agencies and health organizations to build public awareness to help end partner violence in Western Pennsylvania.

Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central PA, 1323 Forbes Avenue, Suite 102, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-261-5880, Provides information, support, advocacy and education for people with epilepsy/seizure disorders and their families, friends and colleagues.

Family Resources, 141 S. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, 412-363-1702, A collection of services aimed at preventing child abuse.

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, 3230 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15238, 412-820-2050, Committed to strengthening families through counseling that promotes caring and enables family members to accomplish their goals.

The Harbor, Box 539, Monroeville, PA 15146, 412-829-4643. Provides housing and Christian support to low-income single mothers who are progressing through higher education.

Healthy Start, Lexington Technology Park, 400 N. Lexington Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208, 412-247-4009, 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.

HEARTH, formerly North Hills Affordable Housing, 4540 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229, 412-939-2302, An organization that seeks affordable housing for families in crisis.

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh, 5743 Bartlett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217, 412-422-7200, Provides psychological, employment and social services to local families and children.

Lupus Foundation of America, Western Pennsylvania chapter, 100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 575, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-261-5886, Provides information, support and education to patients, their families and their friends and raises research funds.

Mon Yough Community Services, 500 Walnut St., 3rd Floor, McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-675-8480, Has one of the oldest outpatient clinics for the treatment of addiction in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The National Pancreas Foundation, Western Pennsylvania chapter, Box 935, Wexford, PA 15090-0935, 724-933-0076. Provides advocacy and support.

Overeaters Anonymous, Box 5459, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. For a list of meetings in the greater Pittsburgh area, call the 24-hour answering service at 412-765-3004. Helps families and individuals cope with the disease of overeating.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Box 113244, Pittsburgh, PA 15241, 412-833-4556. Promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy.

Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, 905 West St., Fourth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15221, 412-242-2500 or toll free at 1-888-204-8821, Private, nonprofit service organization that provides support and information to people affected by HIV/AIDS.

POWER -- Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery, 7501 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208, 412-243-7535. Provides treatment and support to women who are changing their lives through recovery from alcohol and other drugs. POWER offers a Halfway House residential program, an outpatient program and a Sisters Project that provides mentoring and case management.

Program for At-Risk Kids, 373 Burrows St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, 412-383-1575. A therapeutic nursery program of the Matilda Theiss Child Development Center for infants and toddlers who have been exposed to alcohol or illegal drugs while their mothers were pregnant.

Rainbow Kitchen Community Services, 135 E. Ninth Ave., Homestead, PA 15120-1601, 412-464-1892, Addresses hunger, child nutrition, career and other support services.

Renewal Inc., 306 Fourth Ave., Suite 1400, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-690-2445. A private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the renewal of individuals in the criminal justice system and to their return to society as responsible citizens.

Shepherd Wellness Community, 4800 Sciota St., Pittsburgh PA 15224, 412-683-4477, Offers support and assistance to people affected by HIV/AIDS in an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding.

Southwestern Pennsylvania AIDS Planning Coalition, 907 West St., Fifth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-2841, 412-242-2441, A regional network of organizations and individuals who plan for and stimulate development of systems of prevention, education and care that respond to the HIV epidemic.

Tadiso, 1425 Beaver Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, 412-322-8415, A community-based social service agency that provides opiate treatment services, drug-free outpatient services and HIV/AIDS education, testing and referral to individuals in the high-risk and addicted populations of Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Vintage, 401 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, 412-361-5003. Adult day care and senior center services to help the loneliness often associated with aging and to support independent living.

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, 412-321-4625, Seeks prevention of cruelty to animals and promotes responsible pet ownership.

Womansplace, hot line number 412-678-4616. Offers temporary shelter for domestic violence victims. Free and confidential services include counseling and legal, medical and children's advocacy.

Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, 412-687-8005, Temporary emergency shelter, resident and non-resident counseling, and support services for female victims of intimate partner violence and their children.

Zoar New Day, 801 Union Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-323-2400. Offers the New Day Treatment Program, an outpatient substance abuse treatment program for women.

This is a partial list of local chapters of service and volunteer groups that offer newcomers and longtime residents ways to become involved in their community.

Junior League of Pittsburgh, 1620 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217, 412-422-8580, Organization of women who develop community programs and provide training and leadership skills.

Kiwanis Club of Pittsburgh, 412-261-8209, Business executives who volunteer to support youth through Children's and Magee-Womens hospitals.

League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, 425 Sixth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-261-4284, Works on informed participation in government and to increase understanding of public policy.

100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania, Box 254, Pittsburgh, PA 15230, 412-361-2142, Mentors black youths, helping them set career, education and personal goals.

Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Box 22091, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-0019, 412-263-1410. An association of media professionals that advocates for and trains journalists of color.

Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, 412-471-6210, Business executives volunteer on projects including children's health and education, and support international aid charities.

Toastmasters International, Dawn Patrol Club, Downtown United Way, One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-350-4680, One of the area clubs that provides a forum to study and practice public speaking.

The American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania, 225 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 1-888-217-9599, Offers emergency-preparedness training, first-aid classes and disaster response; the agency is also a liaison between military personnel and their families.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, 212 Ninth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-456-6999, The social service arm of the diocese, the office provides a homeless shelter, adoption services, counseling, family day care and refugee aid.

Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh, 2600 East Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203, 412-481-9005, Offers employment-related education, training, counseling and job opportunities for people with disabilities, economic disadvantages and other barriers to employment. Goodwill accepts community donations including clothing and household items to sell in its stores.

Hill House Association, 1835 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-392-4400, Provides services such as child care, teen pregnancy education and support, and senior services to Hill District residents.

Lutheran Services Society, 440 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202, 412-734-9330, Provides aid to seniors 55 and older, including piano lessons, computer classes, massages, exercise and meals.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 412-373-6233, Works to stop drunken driving and to support victims of the crime.

Salvation Army, Western Pennsylvania Division, 424 Third Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-394-4800, There are more than 20 corps offices that provide worship centers and community service centers, adult rehabilitation, emergency disaster services and a summer camp.

Travelers Aid Society of Pittsburgh, Greyhound Bus Terminal, Box 522, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-281-5466, Helps people in difficulty away from home.

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, 330 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-227-6433, With its 16 branches, the YMCA aims to build strong families and communities through its after-school, camping, child care, health and fitness and teen programs.

YWCA of Pittsburgh, 305 Wood St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-391-5100, www.ywca Provides computer training, shelter services, health and fitness, and anti-racism activities specifically for women.

A partial listing of groups that reach out to parents, youth and seniors to provide health, education, spiritual and other services.

Achieva, formerly ARC Allegheny, 711 Bingham St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203-1007, 412-995-5000, Supports children and adults with retardation and other developmental disabilities.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Office, 5989 Penn Circle S., Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3828, 412-363-6100, Mentoring organization matches children ages 6 to 13 with caring adults.

Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, 5432 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201-2626, 412-782-5710, Sponsors recreational programs for youth, including eight clubs, a Charter High School, Outlet Connection retail venture, Campfire USA, a homework and computer center, juvenile justice services, and tutoring and mentoring.

The Children's Institute, 6301 Northumberland St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217, 412-420-2400, Rehabilitation facility serving the special needs of children and young adults.

Christian Sports International, Box 254, 626 W. New Castle St., Suite 202, Zelienople, PA 16063, 724-453-1400, www.csi Operates affordable sports camps, clinics and programs in partnership with community-based organizations, churches and groups.

East End Cooperative Ministry, 250 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3026, 412-361-5549, An interfaith coalition that ministers to the homebound elderly, the hungry, the homeless and youth in the East End.

Family Guidance, formerly Youth Guidance, 307 Duff Road, Sewickley, PA 15143, 412-741-8550. Aids distressed families with children ages 7 to 15 by helping them develop socially and spiritually.

Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, Trillium Council, 606 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-566-2570, Covers the counties of Allegheny, Greene, Fayette and Washington and portions of Somerset and Westmoreland. Serves more than 23,000 girls ages 5 to 17, helping to develop leadership, social conscience and self-worth.

Greater Pittsburgh Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1275 Bedford Ave., Flag Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-3699, 412-471-2927, Greater Pittsburgh Council serves Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, Greene and portions of Westmoreland and Fayette counties. It is open to young men from first grade through age 18. It has a membership of more than 47,000 young people in Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing. It has approximately 10,000 adult volunteers.

Gwen's Girls, 7230 McPherson Blvd., Lexington Technology Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15208, 412-731-7670, Provides girls 8 to 18 with services, activities and opportunities that aim to teach self-sufficiency and build goals.

Holy Family Institute, 8235 Ohio River Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15202, 412-766-4030, Provides care and professional treatment services to children and families in crisis. Services are designed to enhance the dignity of life by promoting holistic development of children, youth and families.

Home-Delivered Meals, Area Agency on Aging, 441 Smithfield St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-350-5460. Provides noontime meals and fellowship for people 60 and older.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Pennsylvania, 120 Marshall Drive, Warrendale, PA 15086, 724-772-5900, Uses 2,500 adult volunteers to model business practices to build self-confidence and develop skills in youth in grades K to 12, to prepare them for success in a free-enterprise system.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia, 555 Grant St., Suite 425, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-471-WISH or 412-471-9474. Fulfills the favorite wish of any child between the ages of 21/2 and 18 who has a diagnosed life-threatening illness.

Meals on Wheels, 440 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202, 412-734-9330. Provides homebound elderly 55 and older with a hot meal and a bag meal daily.

Oasis Pittsburgh, c/o Kaufmann's, 10th Floor, 400 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-232-9583. Educational program for people 55 and older who want to continue to grow, learn and be productive.

The Pittsburgh Project, 2801 N. Charles St., Pittsburgh, PA 15214-3110, 412-321-1678, A neighborhood-based Christian community development organization that offers outreach, education and leadership development among urban young people and their families; free home repairs for in-need city residents; and summer short-term mission projects for high school students.

Pressley Ridge Schools, 530 Marshall Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15214, 412-321-6995, Provides social and mental health services and special education programs for troubled children and their families in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise, One Gateway Center, Suite 500, 420 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-562-0290, Works with underserved communities to boost education of middle school students and provides college preparation for high school students.

A Second Chance, 204 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, 412-665-2300. A nonprofit that provides a safe, secure environment for children who are being cared for by their relatives or a close family friend.

Stand for Children, with the Thomas Merton Center, a Pittsburgh-area organizing group, 5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224, 412-361-3022, An advocacy group promoting and encouraging health, child care, after-school programs, education and nutrition.

Tree of Hope, Box 90182, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, 1-800-804-8410, www.treeof A faith-based organization that administers to the needs of family members affected by traumatic losses, with a special focus on the children who are left behind by the victims.

Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, 710 Mulberry St., Pittsburgh, PA 15221, 412-241-8072, An organization that serves low-income families in Wilkinsburg.

Correction/Clarification: (Published May 25, 2005) The correct Web site for the Pittsburgh chapter of Overeaters Anonymous is It was given incorrectly in the May 22, 2005 version of the section.


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