Help available

-A A +A

American Cancer Society
Whether you need a ride to cancer treatment or someone to talk to about a cancer diagnosis, the American Cancer Society is here for you. To ease the impact of cancer on patients and their families, the American Cancer Society’s volunteers in Shelby County are providing several programs for its residents.
Reach to Recovery is a volunteer visitation program that helps a breast cancer patient meet the emotional, physical and cosmetic needs related to her disease and its treatment. The program also provides support for the loved ones of breast cancer patients. To request a visit, the patient, the patient’s family, doctor, nurse or friend may call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 and a trained breast cancer survivor in the county will schedule this important visit.
Look Good... Feel Better is a free national program available to help women undergoing cancer treatment learn how to cope with the appearance related side effects of their treatment and regain a sense of self confidence and control over their lives. Volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to enhance their appearance using make-up techniques. Wigs and other personal items are available at the American Cancer Society at no cost for those ladies in need of the service.
Because cancer patients have significant transportation needs during treatment, the American Cancer Society provides the Road to Recovery program to patients with no other form of transportation. Trained volunteer drivers in Shelby County will drive patients to and from treatments related to their cancer.
Another need that can be filled by your American Cancer Society is for men that have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Man to Man program provides education and support to the men and their families that have been diagnosed with the disease. Participation in the group offers peer support to assist in the recovery process.
All of these patient support services are available in your county. To request American Cancer Society or other services for a cancer patient and their family, you may contact your American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visiting the Web site at www.cancer.org.
Cancer support group: Life After Breast Cancer Support Group meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the community room at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. For more information, contact Carla Smith at 647-4297.

Mercy Medical Clinic
Primary care and physical therapy available for low income, uninsured individuals and families on a donation basis. Must schedule an ap pointment by calling 502-647-4668. Mercy Medical Clinic provides medical services regardless of race,religion,color,sex, or national origin.

MOPS meeting
MOPS: Mothers of Preschoolers meets at 6-7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month September through May at Shelbyville First Baptist Church Shelbyville in room 300. Free childcare is provided for the moms attending the meetings. The children are divided into age-appropriate classes. Nursing infants may remain with moms. A family meal is offered in the church fellowship hall from 5 to 5:45 p.m. for $6 per adult and $1 per child. Mothers of Preschoolers is a program designed to nurture mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten.

Operation Care
Help for low income families available, 708 Main Street, Shelbyville. Assistance with clothing, household goods, furniture, school supplies, baby needs, food, shelter and transitional housing. Call (502) 633-1965 for more information. Operation Care provides assistance to families in crisis, regardless of race,religion,color,sex, or national origin.

Health notes
Shelby County Health Center is open Monday-Friday. Services available by appointment include: well child exams, prenatal services, family planning, women’s cancer screening, diabetes control, nutrition information, tuberculosis testing and treatment, confidential testing for STDs and HIV, WIC services and grief counseling for infant death. There is a fee for most services, but no one who is unable to pay will be turned away.
Environmental services such as food establishment inspections, hazardous materials/ toxic spills, hotel/motel inspection, landfill investigations, mosquito/ rat control and lead screenings are available. Call the Shelby County Health Department at (502) 633-1231 for information or an appointment.
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) support group meetings are held at 6 p.m., the fourth Monday of each Month at the Cardinal Hill Easter Seals Center, 9810 bluegrass Parkway, in Louisville.  Meetings are open to people who have ALS and their relatives, health professionals or anyone who would like to know more about the disease. For more information, call Whitney Taverna at 800-406-7702 or Rita Whitehouse at 722-8239.
An Alzheimer’s disease caregivers support group meets 10:30 a.m. every third Wednesday at First Christian Church, 1000 Eminence Pike in Shelbyville. For more information contact the church at 633-3345 or Lisa 829-0680.
Weight Watchers meets each Thursday at Catholic Church of Annunciation, 105 Main St. Weigh-in will be 5:30 p.m. and the meeting at 6 p.m.

Support services
Unplanned Pregnancy? Looking for information and peer counseling on all your options? Our services are free and open to anyone. Call or visit ALC Pregnancy Resource Center Inc., 711 Henry Clay Street. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 2-6 p.m. Wednesday. Call (502) 647-0300 or www.shelbypregnancycenter.com
Domestic violence/sexual assault. For individuals or families dealing with domestic violence or sexual assault, help is available through The Center for Women and Families including confidential counseling, support groups and court advocacy. All services are free and confidential. Victims may call collect. Interpreters are provided. Call 633-7800 or the Crisis Line at 502-581-7222 or 877-803-7577.
Help with marriage, family, addictions, grief, depression, etc. The Serenity Center, 536 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville. Call 647-5555 or visit facebook.com/serenitycentershelbyville for more information.
A therapy and support group for parents of special needs children meets twice a month. The free meeting, sponsored and funded by the Dorman Center, is facilitated by Fran Neal, LCSW, LMFT. For information, call 647-2199.
A support/exercise group geared to meet the needs of those fighting Parkinson’s Disease meets at 6:30-7 p.m. Mondays at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. For more information, call Dyna Zehnder at 502-377-7562.

Drugs and Alcohol
Celebrate Recovery is a Christian-based Drug and Alcohol Recovery at the First Baptist Church, across from the Shelby Co. Fairgrounds. It is also for anyone who has a hurt, habit or hang-up. Pizza Café fellowship is 5:30 to 6:10 p.m. Thursdays; large group open share/praise/worship is 6:10 to 6:50 p.m.; a break is 6:50 to 7 p.m.; Small group gender specific open share is 7-8 p.m.; fellowship and snacks is 8-8:30 p.m.; Friday nights is step study night, call for times, John Flannagin 1-253-653-8349 or Ghedra Dunn 633-2665.
A new direction in Life Christian Support Group will begin weekly meetings to combat various forms of addictions such as alcohol, drugs and etc. that plagues so many of our brothers and sisters at the St. John United Methodist Church in Shelbyville. We put into practice the Word of God along with the 12-step program to reach our goal of staying sober and being a positive part of this community. The meetings will be 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at 212 Martin Luther King St. Call (502) 845-8145 or 220-9290 for more information. Coming from other addicts who are in recovery.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings: Monday Nite 12 Step Group meets at 8 p.m. each Monday at St. James Episcopal Church, Third and Main streets; Simpsonville Group meets at 11:30 a.m. at First Methodist Church, 108 First. St. in Simpsonville; Tri-County Group meets at 8 p.m. each Thursday at St. James Episcopal Church, Third and Main streets; AA Meetings, Centro latino on Main Street, 8 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Call 647-3349 for more information.
Al-Anon meeting: Thursdays at 8 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, Third and Main streets.
Narcotics Anonymous meetings: Meetings are noon on Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays at the Serenity Center, 536 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville.

Services for seniors
New Beginnings Adult Day Care Center is a service available to families of elderly people who generally live in a private home. A trained and caring staff presides over a daily schedule of activities that provides stimulating and interesting mental, physical and social activities in a safe, structured environment. The Center has a bright, modern activity room that is easily accessible for people with wheelchairs and walkers. New Beginnings is a program of Multi-Purpose community Action Agency that offers complete adult day care services. It is located at 207 Washington Street in Shelbyville. The hours of operation are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. There is no longer a set fee for private clients. Call Pat or Penny, 633-2218, for information.
Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency is your first step in finding resources to help older people. MPCAA offers health promotion, Karefree Times, information and assistance, outreach, adult day care, senior citizens centers, meals (congregate and home delivered) and in-home care services. For more information, contact MPCAA at 633-6371
Miracle on Wheels makes available Power (Electric) Wheelchairs to non-ambulatory Senior Citizens (65 years old and up) usually at no out-of-pocket expense if they qualify. No deposit required. The electric wheelchairs are provided to those who can’t walk and can not self-propel a manual wheelchair in their home or independent living quarters and who meet the additional qualifications of the program. This service may also be available to the permanently disabled of any age. Call 1-800-749-8778 or visit our web site at www.durablemedical.com for more information on the details of this program.

Special Supplemental Food Program for WIC
The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides, without cost to the recipient, specific nutritious foods along with nutrition education to nutritionally at-risk pregnant, breast-feeding and postpartum women, infants and children to five (5) years of age. Foods which are available through the WIC Program are: milk, eggs, cheese, juices high in Vitamin C, cereals high in iron and dried beans or peas, peanut butter, tuna fish and fresh raw carrots. Infants may receive iron-fortified formula, infant cereal and infant juice. All participants must be recertified every six (6) months. The WIC program is operated by North Central Health Department. It is open to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap. For more information call 633-1231.

Support group for adoptive, foster parents
The Salt River Foster-Adoptive Parent Association assists foster and adoptive parents in six counties, including Shelby County.  For more information about the  group, call Sue Newton at (502) 738-5022 or Beverly Hilger at 647-2133.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is forming classes for their foster care and adoption program. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, married or single, financially stable and have an income, in good physical and mental health, meet safety requirements including background checks, and all adults in the home must successfully complete 32 hours of training. CHFS is in specific need of foster/adoptive homes willing to accept teenagers, large sibling groups (three or more), medically fragile kids, kids of a different race/ethnicity and kids currently available for adoption on the Special Needs Adoption Web site. However, all types of applicants are encouraged to apply in order to meet the needs of all children in foster care. Interested applicants should call 502-633-2055 or 1-888-698-2221. For more information visit https://apps.chfs.ky.gov/snap/ or http://chfs.ky.gov/.