End of Summer Picnic at Ricketts Glen

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As summer starts to wind down, Caring Communities organized a picnic for clients as a way to slow down, relax, and take in the natural beauty of Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton, PA. Though, with a bright, sunny day, a lake full of enthusiastic swimmers, and temperatures pushing 90 degrees, the only indicator of the incoming autumn was the sparse layer of fallen leaves. Caring Communities commandeered a pavilion overlooking Lake Jean and its mini beach. As clients trickled in, it was easy to see the worry of everyday life shed and the relaxation settle in. Guests were welcomed with hot-off-the-grill hamburgers, cook out staples like macaroni salad, and homemade cookies for dessert. Participants were free to explore the park, including trails rife with waterfalls, a walk along the…
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Pride on the Mountain

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Rain was steady, but that didn’t stop attendees from showing up and jumping in at Pride on the Mountain on September 8, 2018. This year’s Pride, organized by the NEPA Rainbow Alliance, had a wonderful turnout despite less-then-ideal weather. The family-friendly event was set at Mountain Mountain’s water park with music provided by M80, a local cover band. While many Pride-goers tended to stick to tents and under awnings, some still donned their bathing suits and jumped in the lazy river, full of Rainbow Alliance beach balls, enjoying a relaxing day on the mountain. Mid-afternoon was set aside for a drag show. Queens and Kings huddled just off stage, excited to share their performances with the eager crowd. First up was Buster Highman, who also had the honor of passing…
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Today is HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day!

AIDS, Blog, Caring Communities, HIV
Please click the post link to see the video and full post! Let's Kick ASS—AIDS Survivor Syndrome - PSA from Let's Kick ASS on Vimeo. From POZ Magazine: "HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day is held annually on June 5th on the anniversary of the first published report of what came to be known as AIDS. On June 5, 1981 the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a brief account of five young gay men that had been diagnosed with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), indicating signs of severely compromised immune systems. The account sent huge shockwaves throughout the LGBT community and eventually, around the world. 2018 is a big year in the lives of survivors. It has been 37 years since the announcement HIV. It is also the 20th…
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Today is World Mental Health Day!

Caring Communities, Department of Health
Please click the post title to see the images and full post! This year's theme is "Mental health in the workplace." From the World Health Organization: "During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity. Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact…
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Case Management Services Now Available in Hazleton

AIDS, Caring Communities, STDs
Caring Communities has added HIV case management services to our medical clinic located in the Center City Medical Complex, 20 North Laurel Street, Suite 2B, Hazleton, PA. Case management services can help you or someone you know understand and deal with an HIV positive diagnosis. Our newest case manager, Sean Doucette, said, “I’m looking forward to helping the community of people living with HIV/AIDS in and around the Hazleton area to maintain their health.” Further, these services can help you obtain medication, find a dentist and pay for dental work, help you navigate the local healthcare and social service systems, provide emergency money to help pay for utilities, rent, and prescriptions as well as find and pay for health insurance coverage and certain medical bills. For more information or to determine…
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