|American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary||The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world. The organization supports volunteer programs that center on the three major areas: veterans, young people and the community. Through volunteering in the many programs, you develop leadership in your community, have the opportunity to educate the youth and advance the programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. “Working” side-by-side with women of all ages and different life experiences you make memories and build life-long friendships. The benefits offered by the American Legion Auxiliary directly and indirectly touch and affect the lives of all Americans.||American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary||American Legion|
|American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary - Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund||The Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund is an umbrella that supports three separate scholarship opportunities for participants in American Legion Auxiliary programs. One is for American Legion Auxiliary Junior members; another is for the Honorary National Junior President; and one is for participants in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation program. We encourage all eligible young women to take advantage of these scholarship opportunities and apply.
ALA Girls Nation Program Scholarships
Annually, ALA Girls Nation awards scholarships in the following amounts to assist with the recipients’ college education expenses:
ALA Girls Nation President $3,000
ALA Girls Nation Vice President $2,000
ALA Girls Nation Outstanding Senator $2,000
Recipients are attendees at the ALA Girls Nation Program in Washington, D.C., and the selection is made via vote by their peers. Scholarship monies are dispersed directly to the four-year accredited college or university, per the recipients’ direction, and may be used for tuition, books, fees, and other appropriate expenses.
Honorary National Junior President Scholarship
Annually, the Honorary National Junior President receives a $2,000 scholarship to assist with college education expenses.
The recipient is an attendee at the ALA National Junior Meeting held in conjunction with the American Legion Auxiliary National Convention. The Honorary National Junior President is selected via vote by her peers, and scholarship monies are dispersed directly to the four-year accredited college or university, per the recipients’ direction, and may be used for tuition, books, fees, and other appropriate expenses.
Spirit of Youth Scholarship for Junior Members
The American Legion Auxiliary annually provides one Junior member in each of the five American Legion Auxiliary divisions with a $5,000 scholarship.
The applicant must have held membership in the American Legion Auxiliary for the immediate past three years; must hold a membership card for the current year; and must continue to maintain her membership throughout the four-year scholarship period. Scholarship monies are dispersed directly to the four-year accredited college or university, per the recipients’ direction, and may be used for tuition, books, fees, and other appropriate expenses.||American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary||American Legion|
|American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Pennsylvania||The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world. The organization supports volunteer programs that center on the three major areas: veterans, young people and the community. Through volunteering in the many programs, you develop leadership in your community, have the opportunity to educate the youth and advance the programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. “Working” side-by-side with women of all ages and different life experiences you make memories and build life-long friendships. The benefits offered by the American Legion Auxiliary directly and indirectly touch and affect the lives of all Americans.||American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary||American Legion|
|Balanced Heart Healing Center - Veterans and Military Families Program||Offers mental health services for veterans and military families, covering sexual assault, PTSD, depression, relationship problems and other issues. Provides unconditional care, regardless of insurance, discharge status, current health or ability to pay.
For a variety of reasons, many veterans prefer to receive healthcare services from civilian providers, and women who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma may not want to be cared for in facilities where they share support groups with men. By increasing civilian awareness of the realities surrounding military life and engaging individuals as well as BHHC partner organizations in support of military women, it is our intention to create a community of care around military families in southwestern Pennsylvania such that they are as well supported by the Pittsburgh community as other service members and veterans are by their active duty bases.
The “Veterans and Military Families” program initially will comprise:|
- Mental health counseling for women veterans and military families,
- Coaching services for women veterans and military families,
- Financial planning services,
- Referrals to complementary and alternative care providers,
- Referrals to other organizations offering services not available at BHHC,
- Listening events (including both military and civilian women) to hear and identify the most pressing needs and valuable resources of our women veterans, as we expand our capacity to serve them.
|Allegheny||Balanced Heart Healing Center||Balanced Heart Healing Center|
|Business and Professional Women’s Foundation||Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW Foundation) was the first foundation dedicated to conducting research and providing information solely about working women. Since then, we have partnered with employers to create successful workplaces that embrace and practice diversity, equity and work-life balance convening employers, working women and policymakers to promote systemic workplace change.
Areas of research include women and non traditional jobs, Gen Y women and women’s use and access to the internet. In 2007 BPW Foundation conducted the first research on women veteran’s transition to civilian careers and in 2010, hosted a National Summit, Joining Forces for Women Veterans to identify the challenges women veterans face. Through information gathered at the summit, the need for mentors was identified and in 2012 BPW Foundation launched Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus a program recognized by the White House Joining Forces Military Family initiative. The mentoring program is built on our legacy of working women helping women work.
BPW Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) research and education organization. The work of BPW Foundation supports workforce development programs and workplace policies that recognize the diverse needs of working women, communities and businesses.
||Business and Professional Women’s Foundation||Business and Professional Women’s Foundation|
|Clare House - Transitional Housing||No direct referrals until February 2019
Transitional housing for mothers with children and youth aging out of Foster Care experiencing homelessness. Goal-focused high independence program.
- Case management
- Goal setting/accountability
- Life skills training
- Job readiness preparation: computer use available
- Resource mapping and appropriate referrals
- Group counseling
- One year of follow up case management after successful completion
||Lancaster||Clare House, Inc||Clare House, Inc|
|Cleaning for a Reason||Cleaning services for cancer patients currently undergoing treatment. Cleaning for a Reason partners with professional residential maid services who are insured or insured or bonded and perform background checks on their employees to participate in the foundation. The companies have agreed to take 2 patients at a time and offer each patient 4 free cleanings, 1 a month for 4 consecutive months as a way to give back to their community. We accept cancer patient applications online, receive physician’s verification of treatment, and match the patients with our maid service partners.||Cleaning for a Reason||Cleaning for a Reason|
|Cove Forge BHS Pittsburgh - Women's Group||The women's group provides the opportunities for safe, open discussion regarding addictive behaviors, emotional dependencies and traumas. Through this supportive network, women learn to establish positive attitudes and relationships, furthering their recovery.
||Allegheny||Cove Forge BHS Pittsburgh||White Deer Run|
|Father's Heart Ministries||A residency program for women who are struggling with various life-controlling issues and who desire to get help.||Westmoreland||Father's Heart Ministries||Father's Heart Ministries|
|Final Salute||Final Salute meets the unique needs of homeless women Veterans by providing them with safe and suitable housing.
- H.O.M.E. – The H.O.M.E program provides transitional housing, on-site case management, food, clothing, transportation, child care subsidy/assistance, employment support and other essential supportive services to homeless women Veterans and their children.
- S.A.F.E. – the purpose of S.A.F.E is to prevent homelessness by providing emergency financial assistance.
- Stand Up - the Stand-Up for women vets program provides support for women veterans and military women in transition.
|Final Salute||Final Salute|
|Final Salute - H.O.M.E Program||The H.O.M.E program provides transitional housing, on-site case management, food, clothing, transportation, child care subsidy/assistance, employment support and other essential supportive services to homeless women Veterans and their children.
The H.O.M.E program focuses on integrating women Veterans back into their local communities and providing vast, safe and suitable residential areas to choose from.
The H.O.M.E program is a collaboration with our resource partners that includes targeted supportive services to assist women Veterans in reaching their goals.
Although based in the DC Metro Area, the program has assisted women veterans and children in over 15 States and Territories.
||Final Salute||Final Salute|
|Final Salute - S.A.F.E Program||The S.A.F.E program provides emergency financial assistance. Program recipients also receive resources on saving, budgeting and living on a fixed income.
S.A.F.E eases financial hardships by providing assistance with past due rent, new lease deposit and utility assistance.
||Final Salute||Final Salute|
|Final Salute - Stand-Up||The Stand-Up for Women Vets program provides support for women Veterans and military women in transition. As a woman veteran in transition, you need more than a resume
to ensure a successful transition into the civilian workforce.
They provide (free of charge):|
- Professional Business Attire
- Dress Shoes
- Image Consulting
- Professional Head-Shots (Linked-In Profiles)
|Final Salute||Final Salute|
|Gaudenzia - Elsie Shenk Outpatient Center||Specializes in meeting the needs of women in the community by providing standard outpatient, intensive outpatient and prevention services. The program is an integral component in the full continuum of care as women transition from various levels of treatment. Women will continue to focus on established objectives as they maintain a chemical free lifestyle, strengthen their parenting skills and improve family and community relationships.
Prevention service: Children aged 3-12 are offered prevention activities in conjunction with their mothers receiving outpatient treatment. Teen group is offered to those teens who are non-substance dependent and whose mothers are engaged in the program.
Strong emphasis is placed on responsibility, stability, improved life skills, and aftercare planning all the while developing a comprehensive support system for long term recovery.||Lancaster||Gaudenzia - Elsie Shenk Outpatient Center - Lancaster||Gaudenzia, Inc|
|Gaudenzia - New Destiny||Halfway house for women offenders with dependent children||Schuylkill||Gaudenzia - New Destiny||Gaudenzia, Inc|
|Gaudenzia - New Image||Residential substance abuse treatment facility for homeless women located in the Stenton Family Manor in the City of Philadelphia. A woman can bring up to two children under the age of 10 into treatment with her or be pregnant with no other dependent children. Accommodate 17 adult women and 34 children. The program is clinically designed as a therapeutic community, an established treatment modality that emphasizes responsible behavior. Besides receiving clinical care relating to chemical dependency, the women also receive parenting skills workshops, and child development intervention services. There is a day care and prevention component for the children. On-site services include individual and group counseling, milieu therapy (in-house work and interaction), family counseling, life skills seminars, drug and alcohol education seminars, GED classes, vocational planning, parenting skills. Other services include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous meetings and 12 step meetings and urinalysis screening. Transitional living housing option based on completion and availability ( in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Shelter and Services).<>If interested women do not presently have custody of their children, reunification must happen within 60 days after admission to the program. Must meet Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria for long-term residential treatment. Women will be evaluated on an individual basis if on psychotropic medication.||Philadelphia||Gaudenzia - New Image||Gaudenzia, Inc|
|Gaudenzia - Vantage||A drug free, 6 month residential chemical dependency treatment program for women, pregnant women or mothers who may be accompanied by up to two of their children. Treatment is provided in a home-like environment with mothers remaining the principal caregivers for their children.
- Individual/group counseling, TREM counseling
- Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings
- Life skills seminars
- Parenting skills education
- Vocational guidance, housing guidance, recreation
- Development of aftercare treatment plans
In addition to providing a licensed child care program for residents, Vantage offers a prevention/intervention program for children residing at Vantage. Included components of the program are values clarification and prevention sessions, as well as family counseling.
A Drug Affected Infants Program provides infant stimulation to children up to age 3 who were born to mothers who used or abused drugs and/or alcohol during pregnancy.
A Lancaster County contracted residential substance abuse treatment provider.
||Lancaster||Gaudenzia - Vantage - Lancaster||Gaudenzia, Inc|
|Guadenzia - Fountain Springs||Women and children's residential substance abuse treatment program||Schuylkill||Gaudenzia - Fountain Springs||Gaudenzia, Inc|
|Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars||Established 1914, the members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars set out to serve the veterans of this country and our communities in honor of the sacrifices and commitment of every man and woman who has served in uniform.
Money-saving products and services in the insurance and benefits industry include:|
- Travel Benefits
- Insurance Plans
- Cancer Grants
- Health Screening Services
- Home Shopping
- Credit Card
- Prescription Savings
|Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars||Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation|
|Network of Hope North Side - Women's Hope Homes||Safety, support and renewal for those in desperate situations such as addiction, abuse, prostitution, homelessness & post-incarceration. Whether someone stays for a few weeks or for the entire program, the goal is to see them restored as they take steps toward lasting change.||Allegheny||North Side||Network of Hope|
|Pennsylvania Women Work - 3 Cups of Coffee||A short-term mentorship program that helps women network and get ready to re-enter the workplace or improve their current employment. |
3 Cups of Coffee ®
matches a job-seeking, work-ready woman with a caring professional in her job sector, for three coffee meetings.
|Allegheny||Pennsylvania Women Work||Pennsylvania Women Work|
|Soldier On||Soldier On provides supportive services to veterans and their families in need, or who are homeless or at risk if becoming homeless.
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program at Soldier On is a door-to-door outreach campaign assisting veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The outreach program aims to assist veterans and their families before they become homeless in New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and western Massachusetts. Soldier On provides in-home case management, referral services, and temporary financial assistance for housing to veterans facing homelessness. Soldier On’s mission is to provide veterans with the services and support they need to carry on healthy, productive lives in homes of their own.
If you know a veteran who is on the verge of homelessness or struggling with issues related to housing, health care or substance abuse, Soldier On can help.
Case Management and Referral Services for:|
Temporary Financial Funds may be available for:
- Health Care,
- Daily Living Activites,
- Financial Planning,
- Income Support,
- Legal Assistance,
- Emergency Supplies,
- Rep Payee/Fiduciary.
- Rental Assistance
- Utility Fees,
- Security Deposits,
- Utility Deposits,
- Moving Costs,
- Child Care,
|Soldier On||Soldier On|
|Third Street Alliance for Women and Children - Shelter Services||Emergency shelter and transitional housing program provides shelter for homeless women and children. Women wishing to enter must make an intake appointment and will then be placed on the waiting list. Families initially accepted into shelter for 30 days, but can stay for up to 12 months if necessary. Residents may be provided with childcare.
||Northampton||Third Street Alliance for Women and Children||Third Street Alliance for Women and Children|
|United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - Women Veterans Health Care Program||The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) implements the medical assistance program of the VA through the administration and operation of numerous VA Medical Centers (VAMC), Outpatient Clinics (OPC), Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC), and VA Community Living Centers (VA Nursing Home) Programs.
VA's Women Health Services office provides programmatic and strategic support to implement positive changes in the provision of care for all women Veterans. Women Veterans Health Care addresses the health care needs of women Veterans and works to ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide. We strive to be a national leader in the provision of health care for women, thereby raising the standard of care for all women.
To fulfill this mission, Women Veterans Health Care works to make certain that all eligible women Veterans requesting VA care are assured of:|
At each VA Medical Center nationwide, a Women Veterans Program Manager is designated to advise and advocate for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health.
Woman Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager.
- Comprehensive primary care by a proficient and interested primary care provider,
- Privacy, safety, dignity, and sensitivity to gender-specific needs,
- The right care in the right place and time,
- State-of-the-art health care equipment and technology,
- High-quality preventive and clinical care, equal to that provided to male Veterans.
|United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - Women Veterans Health Care Program||United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration|
|US Small Business Administration, Pittsburgh District Office||The US Small Business Administration's Pittsburgh District Office is responsible for the delivery of SBA’s many programs and services in western Pennsylvania.
Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders.
Free counseling advice and information on starting, better operating or expanding a small business through the Counselors to America’s Small Business (SCORE), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Women’s Business Centers (WBC). They also conduct training events throughout the district - some require a
nominal registration fee.
Assistance to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals is provided through the Business Development Program. A Women’s Business Ownership Representative is available to assist women business owners. Please contact Karan Waigand at 412-395-6560 ext. 127 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Special loan programs are available for businesses involved in international trade.
A Veterans Affairs Officer is available to assist veterans. Please contact Ronald Collett at 412-395-6560 ext. 107 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Allegheny||US Small Business Administration, Pittsburgh District Office||US Small Business Administration - Headquarters|
|Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - Strong Veteran, Strong Parent, Strong Child||Strong Veteran, Strong Parent, Strong Child is a parenting workshop to support veterans’ new roles as parents. The workshop is facilitated by two psychologists with expertise in the topics.
Goals include: |
The 90-minute sessions will rotate six topics:
- Increasing parenting skills through education and discussion about infants and toddlers,
- Learning and practicing self-care skills,
- Meeting and accessing support form other veteran parents,
- Connecting with national an d local parenting resources.
- Emotional experiences during and after baby;
- Caring and comforting baby;
- Relationships and intimacy during and after baby;
- Self-care and social support;
- Day-to-day parenting – time-management, scheduling, routines;
- Child Development.
|Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System||United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration|
|Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - VA Pittsburgh Healthy Women's Center||The VA Pittsburgh Healthy Women's Center is a Center of Excellence delivering specialized care and readjustment counseling to women Veterans is one of the VA's top priorities. The Healthy Women's Center serves as a one-stop shop, meeting Veterans' complete health care needs.
The VA Pittsburgh Women Veterans Program seeks to promote the health, welfare and dignity of female Veterans and their families by ensuring equal access to timely, sensitive and quality health care.
Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes primary and specialty care.
Specialty Care includes Maternity Care Benefits for Women Veterans. ask for a maternity Care Coordinator at the VA.
||Allegheny||Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System||United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration|
|Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - Women Overcoming War||Women Overcoming War (WOW) is a counseling group of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Combat Stress Recovery Clinic to help female veterans who were deployed to a combat zone and are experiencing combat stress reactions or PTSD.
The group focuses on explaining combat stress and how it is unique for women veterans. The group also helps women veterans share their experience in a safe, all-female setting. Finally, the group helps members to build skills to help cope with difficult emotions, troubling thoughts, and struggles in communication.
||Allegheny||Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System||United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration|
|Veterans Leadership Program - Project Journey for Women||Provides immediate shelter to women Veterans for 30-90 days while offering intensive case management services.||Allegheny||Veterans Leadership Program - Project Journey||Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA|
|White Deer Run Renewal Center Halfway House - Cambria County||The Renewal Center Halfway House assists adult women in preventing relapse, developing the skills and self-motivation they need to successfully adjust to a drug-free lifestyle and to maintain it after they leave the facility. The clients receive daily instruction and practice skills in the development of positive life goals and responsibilities.
||Cambria||Renewal Center Halfway House - Cambria County||White Deer Run|
|Women, Infants and Children (WIC)||Provides nutrition education and food vouchers for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age 5. WIC distributes food vouchers which may be exchanged for milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, juice, vegetables, peanut butter, beans and formula in most grocery stores. WIC also provides breastfeeding support and information, referrals for health care and other services.||Dauphin||*Main Site (WIC)||Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Pennsylvania|
|Women's Hope for Healthy Intimacy||This group, in cooperation with Day Seven Ministries, is for women in relationships with men struggling with sexual issues. Pre-approval is required.||Cumberland||Christian Life Assembly||Christian Life Assembly |
|Women's Law Project - Telephone Counseling Service||Offers a free Telephone Counseling and Consumer Education Service. Volunteer counselors give basic self-help information about procedures and laws regarding a wide range of subjects of concern to Pennsylvania women. Family-related topics include domestic violence, child custody, child and spousal support, separation and divorce, and the legal rights of lesbian and gay parents. Work-related topics include family and medical leave, sexual harassment, and employment discrimination. Counselors use the resource database to refer callers to other agencies that may be able to help them. If desired, counselors mail free written materials to callers regarding the areas of concern for them.
Counselors CAN provide basic information to Pennsylvania callers about problems such as:
Separation and Divorce
Special legal concerns of lesbian and gay parents
Employment Problems, including
Family and Medical Leave
Other forms of discrimination||Philadelphia||Women's Law Project - Philadelphia||Women's Law Project|
|YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Women's Resource Center-Homewood||Supports women and their families in achieving self-sufficiency through providing an extensive network of financial management skills, tools and training. Advocates with community partners to improve access and to develop opportunities for life-long learning. Provides referrals, breast and cervical health navigation, personalized support, and assistance in applying for public benefits and health insurance.||Allegheny||YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Women's Resource Center||YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh|
|YWCA Westmoreland County - Health & Wellness||The YWCA advocates for the health and wellness of women and girls.
Yoga for Health:
Learn easy to follow yoga poses, relaxation exercises and mindful breathing intended to bring balance to mind, body and spirit. You will learn simple stretches to improve muscle tone and strength.
Learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi including the first part of form and how it is applicable to daily living. Tai Chi is a wonderful health maintenance program for all ages.
Girls' Field Hockey, Women's Bowling League and Kid's Yoga are also offered through the YWCA Westmoreland County.
||Westmoreland||YWCA Westmoreland County Programs||YWCA Westmoreland County|