Women, Children, Families & Community Resources


Home-Proofing for COVID-19 and the Flu



Wolf Administration Receives Approval to Launch Food Access Program for Students During COVID-19 Crisis



Register for COVID-19 Testing at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Arena at Casey Plaza



    May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

    Outbreaks can be stressful

  • The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.



    PA Council on Aging Releases Findings from Survey of Older Adults During Pandemic



    Tips From the Penn State Extension About the Farmer’s Market during COVID – 19


    Food Safety Tips for Shopping at a Farmer’s Market

    Safe Practices at Farmer’s Markets amid COVID-19

    COVID-19 Guidelines for Farmers Markets Operations

    Minimizing Risks for Coronavirus Transmission at Farmers Markets, On-Farm Markets, You-Pick Operations, and Produce Auctions

    Farmer’s Market Food Safety Webinar






    NWNEPA KindnessWorks Challenge PSA





    Take Away Meal Services – Food Pantries



    Geisinger Coronavirus Hotline: 570-284-3657



    Day Care and Child Care Centers


          • Caregivers4Kids – 700 S. State St., Clarks Summit – openings for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years – Margaret Adolfson  –  (570) 319-6111


          • UNC Progressive Child Care Center – open for parents who work as essential positions – (570) 309-9232 or email [email protected]


          • Bella Bambini’s Daycare LLC – 27 S Washington Ave, Jermyn Open 6:30am-6pm – If your daycare facility is shut down for the time being, and you fall under the essential employee list, that needs temporary childcare through this state shut down, please contact 570-876-1101


          • AVEANNA Healthcare – ODP – Offers 1:1 services to individuals with intellectual disabilities.  In order to be eligible individuals would need to have a supports coordinator (SAM inc. or Tri Valley Cares in Lackawanna).  Have an ODP (office of developmental disabilities) waiver:  Consolidated, Community Living, or P/FDS.  The waiver funds our services and the individual wouldn’t have any financiall responsibility.  The services that we offer are Companion, In Home and community supports and Family Aide.  If the individual doesn’t have a waiver they can call Sara Studenski at the Advocacy Alliance 570-558-5486 ext. 8 to apply. We also have a Home-Health department that takes medical insurance for nursing services.  They also provider of OLTL waiver (18-59 with a physical disability)



        Letter from NEIU 19 Early Intervention



        Message from Women’s Resource Center


        During this unprecedented time of public health crisis….during an already stressful time, victims may not have the opportunity to reach out to us for help.

        Our decrease in hotline calls is not due to a decrease in abuse.  The hotlines have been eerily quiet the past two weeks……and that worries me. – Peg Ruddy, Executive Director, WRC



        Message from Community Intervention Center


        Community Intervention Center (CIC), 445 N. 6TH Ave. Scranton PA 18503 is open but are limiting services to people who are strictly homeless and are currently in our local shelters or can verify being outside.  They cannot provide services to people who are in rooms, apartments, or staying with friends and are only providing services to people who can provide a Lackawanna Co. ID.  They remain open 8am-6pm and are providing meals and access to showers, laundry and computers and people can watch TV in the day room.

        To get showers and do laundry a sign-up sheet is used to block out a time.

        Temperatures will be taken when people enter and if they have a temperature, they cannot go in.

        Visit their website for more information.



        Adopt a Mom Program



        White House COVID-19 National Briefing

        April 1, 2020



        The Department of Human Services Support Hotline


        The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced the launch of a Statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate staff who will be available 24/7 to assist Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.

        The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational.

        The number to call is 1-855-284-2494

        For TTY, dial 724-631-5600



        Quick and Easy Survey for all Pennsylvanians…


        The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has created the “Access to Food Survey.” This survey will give better understanding to the Department and sister-agencies to address the needs of residents across the commonwealth.

        Please Share/Tag this post to all of your close Pennsylvanians



        Guide to Home-proofing for Flu, Coronavirus and Other Illnesses



        Lackawanna County Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) – Program Overview & Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)


        CDBG funds enable communities to effectively address local community development needs, such as infrastructure, housing, and community facilities. It also provides federal funds to develop viable communities through the provision of housing improvements and building suitable living environments, expand economic opportunities geared to low- and moderate-income individuals, and improve critical community health and welfare infrastructure.



        Cartwright Holds Listening Session with Area Agencies on Aging in PA-08, Highlights Resources for Seniors During COVID-19


        Moosic, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today held a listening session with leaders of the Area Agencies on Aging. Agencies from Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Wayne Counties shared their questions, suggestions and concerns related to protecting older northeastern Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 outbreak.
        “As our communities deal with the coronavirus, the health and safety of our older adults is top of mind,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Our aging agencies in northeastern Pennsylvania are doing a great job adapting to the challenges posed by this virus and meeting our seniors’ demand for meal delivery, legal services, and even exercise, while observing social distancing guidelines. Our job in Congress going forward is to ensure the agencies have the resources to keep this up for as long as they need to.”




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