May 1, 2020: The Prevention Network and Class Academy are striving to provide the latest information and resources to our students and the community regarding the COVID-19 procedures.We understand that the ever changing and evolving situation is a challenge for everyone. Together we will overcome this challenge one day at a time.
Click the link below to find out more information about what The Prevention Network and CLASS Academy are providing during this time, and any inquires on concerns you may have at this time.
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Youth Grab and Go Meals:
1. Ambridge Area School District has designated lunch only meal services in three locations throughout the district. This service will run from Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and will be operating daily until further notice in the following locations:
2. Good Samaritan Church:
Daily Meal Distribution – the Beaver County YMCA is supplying us with 75 dinners each day. They are grab and go dinners for all youth 18 and under. We will be passing them out from 11 – 1. The reason that we chose this time is because that is when the Schools give out Breakfast and Lunch. This way the kids/or parents are only leaving the house once a day and getting all 3 meals. Starting Monday we will be offering this 7 days a week.
Food For Families:
1. Good Samaritan Church / St. Vincent De Paul 724-266-6565 call for appointment Emergency food pantry - we will offer families 3 days worth of food as needed. It will be by appointment at this time. This may change as the need changes. Open to anyone in need. n addition, anyone that receives food will be called once a week for a well care check.
2. ( VOLUNTEERS NEEDED) Help needed at Good Samaritan Church: Drivers/Shoppers – Although we haven’t had any requests for this yet, I am expecting those requests to start rolling in next week. All parishioners are getting a postcard in the mail letting them know we are offering this service.
3. Monday 5:30-6:30pmThe Ladle at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at 1320 Church St. (Old Economy), Ambridge
4. Ambridge Alliance Church , 901 Merchant St. For those that are in need of assistance:Give us a call at 724.266.2329 Let us know what your need/s are, and if we don’t have what you are in need of, we’ll try our best to get it for you. Also, if you are not able to leave your home (self-quarantined for health reasons; I.e., sick or elderly) and need someone to pick up groceries or meds, we will be happy to pick them up for you. You may also call If you are in need of prayer or spiritual guidance in these trying times.
5. ( VOLUNTEERS NEEDED) Ambridge Alliance Church , 901 Merchant St , You can drop your non perishable off on either Tuesday & Friday 10:00 AM til 1:00 PM 724.266.2329
6. Center for Hope:
Grab and Go dinners every Thursdays at 5 pm in parking lot
Starting Monday, March 30, they will be open Monday-Thur Noon til 3 pm food distribution for those in need.
7. Attention State Street Families:
Beginning Monday, April 6th, Dinner and a Snack will be provided for families to pick up at St. John's in Baden from 11:00-12:00 Monday-Friday.
Any families picking up Lunch at State Street can go directly to the church for their Dinner and Snack. A reminder that State Street Lunch pickup is Monday-Friday 11:15-11:45.
Any family needing any additional items, please tell Cindy at pickup at the church.
The State Street Staff is thinking of all of you during this difficult time and hope that you are all safe and healthy.
State Street would like to thank Good Samaritan, St, John's in Baden, and Our Lady of Peace for providing staples to our families.
Sincerely, Mrs. Hoover Ms. Roppa
8. New Hope Community Church:
Grab and go - curbside perishable food pick up - no information needed.
9. First Baptist church :
a hot lunch giveaway again Friday from 12-3 again in our church parking lot at First Baptist
10. Need a Mask (home made)?
Lisa Gonzalez - Sew It All contact via facebook
Wendy Ewell Contact via Facebook
Housing and Utilities
1. Evictions Halted: The PA Supreme Court has halted all non-essential functions until April 4th thereby halting evictions until that time.
2. Duquesne Light offers a variety of programs to customers who are on a limited or fixed income and are in need of assistance with their utility bill, including CAP (Customer Assistance Program), Smart Comfort, and CARES (Customer Assistance and Referral Evaluation Service). Please contact your utility directly to receive more information about the programs for which you may be eligible.1-888-393-7600 www.duquesnelight.com
Duquesne Light Expands Payment Assistance to Support Customers in Need
1. all Crisis Intervention Services at 724.371.8060
2. I'm anxious about COVID-19. Where can I get help?
Reach out to the Crisis Text Line. Text PA to 741-741 to get help 24/7
3.24 hr Help Line for addiction and mental health: 1.800.662.4357
4. AA/NA meetings are held on-line.
A MESSAGE FROM WPPC/POSITIVE STEPS
To all of our Positive Steps families,
We hope that all of you are well and adjusting ok to the “new normal”. This such a difficult time to keep both physically and mentally healthy. Please know that we are available to help. Although the Positive Steps therapists can no longer have face to face sessions with our clients and their families, we are able to do sessions via the phone or Telehealth (video chat) for any of our clients who would like to do this. The regulations around this have been relaxed during this crisis which means we can provided services for any of our clients in this way. Although we have a few therapist who are very limited in the hours they can work due to their own childcare, etc., most of our therapists are working from home and available to have sessions at the convenience of the family. If you do not choose to have sessions during this time, that is fine. Please know that we will be making weekly phone calls to do check-ins if you are not having sessions. This is best practice and has been encouraged by all of the insurance companies who recognize that the stress levels will continue to increase as the regulations around staying home drag on.
For anyone who has any questions, comments or is seeking services, please call the Positive Steps office 724-266-2833 extension 7254. We will be picking up messages remotely on a daily basis. Thanks all and hang in there!
Sue Ann Fultz, MA
Positive Steps Ambridge District Supervisor
1. Financial Assistance for people facing challenges due to the Coronavirus
-Hebrew Free Loan Association: Call 412.422.8868 or visit:
2. Unemployment & Worker’s Compensation: Unemployment may be able to waive the waiting period during this pandemic. Call: 1.888.313.7284
4. Pittsburgh's LGBTQIA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
5. PGH Artists Emergency Fund
6. Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
United Way 211 Program
211 for information and support—whether financial, domestic, health or disaster-related. 211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You’ll find information about:
- Mental Health & Well-Being Apps
- Teaches relaxation skills, develops new thinking, and suggests healthy activities. New features for sleep and “riding out intense emotions.” For IOS and Android
- What’s Up-A Mental Health App
- Uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy techniques. Includes a grounding game containing over 100 fun questions to help you stay present when stress is taking over. For Android and IOS
- Learn new and better ways of coping with stress, low mood, and anxiety. Tell it how you are feeling and it will give you a tailored list of 5 missions that can help you feel better. For Android and IOS
- Mindfulness Coach
- Mindfulness Coach was developed for people who may be experiencing emotional distress and those wanting to maintain healthy coping practices. Audio-guided mindfulness practice. For IOS and Android
- Stop, Breath, and Think (Kids version as well)
- A mindfulness and meditation tool. Check in to how you are thinking and feeling. Guides you to recommended mediations, yoga, or acupressure videos. For Android and IOS
- Headspace: Meditation
- Teaches you how to breath, meditate, and live mindfully. Exercises on managing anxiety, stress, breathing, sleep, happiness, calm, and focus. For Android and IOS
- Self Help For Anxiety Management (SAM)
- Offers a range of self-help methods to manage anxiety. For Android and IOS
- Calm Harm
- Provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. For Android and IOS
- Meditation and sleep stories. For Android and IOS
- Guided meditation app that uses audio and nature sounds to meditate, breath, and assist with sleep. For Android and IOS
- For anxiety and depression. Uses CBT to guide users through 12 sessions and offers a toolkit. For IOS and Android.
Prevention Network Information
270 Ohio River Blvd.
Baden, PA 15005
(724)-869-2222 ext. 227 www.thepreventionnetwork.org
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April 7, 2020:
Please note the School Guidance Office will continue to provide you with the most up-to-date resources at this time! If you need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out via e-mail to the School Counselors at any time. Please also see the attached document for your use!
Please have the student sign-up as learner, and remember their username and password. This will allow for students to practice various subjects and areas. Parents can also create an account for assistance!
April 7, 2020:
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times. The Ambridge Area School District School Counseling office will continue to work together to provide Social/Emotional, College/Career and Academic Remote Learning Opportunities for our students during the school closure as part of the District’s Continuity of Education Plan. These Remote Learning Opportunities will follow the American School Counselors Guidelines (2020) to implement an Ethical and Supportive School Counseling Program in a virtual setting. This program is set to begin on Monday, April 7, 2020 and will continue throughout the District shutdown.
As per the School Counseling team and District Plan, Counselors will be available via e-mail for any questions or concerns you or your student may have from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Monday through Thursday. Please know, your questions and concerns are of our utmost importance, and we will work diligently to answer all your questions in a timely manner. Please allow time to ensure we are addressing all your questions in collaboration with administration and teacher personal if applicable.
In addition to providing supports via e-mail, the School Counselors will also be available for remote and virtual academic meetings via the on-line platform Zoom. If requesting to speak with a School Counselor directly via a conference call, please reach out via-email to your students School Counselor to set up a time and date for a virtual meeting to take place in order to address the needs of you and your student during the above timeframe. Please again allow for several days of planning prior to the virtual Zoom meeting to ensure collaboration of team members can take place if applicable.
As always, your safety and health is of our top priority during these times. In the case that you or someone you know is experiencing an immediate crises, please call the UPMC Crises Center at 724-371-8060 or 1-800-400-6180. This service is provided free of charge 24 hours of the day to all Beaver County residents. You may also report any social/emotional or safety concerns via the SafetoSay Application on our district website at any time.
With warmest regards,