Community Services

  • Community Resources

    Northampton Area School District (NASD) does not endorse the use of any specific resource.  The resources listed are for use by teenagers, parents, educators and community however, other options are available.

    (Additional Resources listed at the bottom of the page - Related Files)

     

    ABUSE - (Rape, Sexual assault/abuse) -

    Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley -Services for victims: 24 hour hotline, victim advocacy, individual counseling peer support groups.

    • Hotline - 610-437-6611


    Girls and Boys Town - The Girls and Boys Town National Hotline is a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line.  If you need help for yourself or someone that you know, call 1-800-448-3000.

     

    RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network - Survivors of rape, abuse and incest can call their free confidential hotline or find help online.

     

    National Center for Victims of Crime - Get essential information for crime victims and victim service providers.


    National Abuse Hotline

    • 1-800-799-7233


    Spanish Domestic Abuse Hotline

    • 1-800-942-6908


    Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley ( Domestic Violence Shelter) - 24 hour service  610-437-3369.


    Project Child Parent Line (for parents at risk of abusing a child)  - 24 hour service  610-691-1200.


    August Survivors Center (Sexual abuse/assault) - 24 hour service  610-253-1055


    Childline (Report child abuse) - 24 hour service 1-800-932-0313.
     

     

    BEREAVEMENT PROGRAMS - (Child and Teen) 

    DIAKON Children's Bereavement Program  www.diakon.org/bereavement  Support groups, individual & group counseling, school bereavement workshops, information resources for families.  1-877-DIAKON-7

     

    Lehigh Valley Health Network

    Adolescent/Teen Grief Support Group - 4 week support group program held at 2166 S. 12th Street Allentown, PA  18103.  Call 610-969-0330 to register for the next 4 week session or for more information.

    Stepping Stones for Children - individual and/or group counseling for grieving, children, teens and adults.  For more information or to register, call 610-969-0330.

     

    Camelot for Children - 2354 West Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA  610-791-5683.  Call for an appointment.  www.camelotforchildren.org  

     

    GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) - not for profit organization created to help for family who have lost a loved one from drug or alcohol abuse.  The group meets monthly on the 3rd of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the First Presbyterial Church, 3231 Tilghman St. Allentown, Room 118.  There is no fee to attend, all are welcome but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information please contact 484-788-9440.  More information is at:

     

     

     

    Camp Evergreen - Summer Day Camp - Free to children ages 6 - 16. Program designed for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Camp program is sponsored by Spritirust Lutheran Home Care and Hospice. Registration is required. Please call 1-877-438-3511 to register, for more information or to volunteer.

     

    DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT (Adolescents) - provides support to adolescents with Depression & Bipolar Disorder and their families and friends.

     

     

    BULLYING

    Resource links to support students who are bullied

     


    Teens Against Bullying - a website for middle and high school students to take action against bullying (PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center)

    • This website contains information for students to educate and raise awareness of bullying.  It also offers a petition in which students can join others around the world who have decided to end bullying starting with themselves.
    • This website offers students a media to share their story (either a personal story as to how they overcame bullying or a situation in which they helped someone overcome bullying,
     
    PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line - The PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is a toll free number available to school staff, students and parents across the commonwealth.
    • 866-716-0424
     
     

     

    CANCER SUPPORT

    KID SUPPORT - Free program for children, teens and families
    • program runs in 8 week sessions throughout the year
    • provides an opportunity for the whole family to learn skills to help them cope with cancer
    • For more information visit:  www.CancerSupportGLV.org

     

     

    DRUG AND ALCOHOL 

    Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit - Evaluation and referral services.

    44 E. Broad Street, Suite 020, Bethlehem, PA 18018

    610-866-4088   OR    610-923-0397

     

    Alcoholics Anonymous - Get information and resources about alcohol abuse and treatment.

     

    Al-Anon/Alateen - Is your life being affected by someone else's drinking?  To help them, you need to help yourself first.

    Narcitics Anonymous - get information and resources about drug abuse and treatment


    Freevibe:  National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign - Name a drug, ask a question, get the facts, and know the risks.


    Check Yourself - A place for teens to check where they are with drugs and alcohol.


    Above the Influence - National campaign for drug and alcohol prevention

     

    Recovery Connection - A comprehensive website dedicated to helping people, in need of detos and/or drug and alcohol addiction,to find treatment.  They offer a 24/7 hotline for people of all ages.  Find useful information and resources for substance abuse, relapse prevention, drugs that are abused, health issue, mental health and addiction resources.

     
    Prescription Drug Abuse - Commonwealth Prevention Alliance - resources for anyone looking for help regarding prescription, opiate and heroin drug abuse/addiction.
    Caron Lehigh Valley Parent Groups - connect with other parents, guardians and caregivers whose teenager or adult children have struggled with drug addiction or alcoholism.  Groups are free to attend. Groups available in Easton and Allentown. Contact Caron for more information: 800-678-2332 or  www.caron.org

    National Drug (Abuse) Hotline   -   1-844-608-6691

    National Addiction Hotline - 1-888-352-6072

     

    YOUTH IN CRISIS/EMERGENCY SHELTER

    Valley Youth House - 24 hour service  610-691-1200

    KidsPeace Admissions - 610-799-8471 or 1-800-854-3123

    Lehigh Valley Hospital Behavioral Health - 484-884-6500



    GLBTQA

    Haven - Social support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning teens and their friends and allies, ages 14 - 20.

     

    24 Hour Hotline - Trevor helpline - 800-850-8078

     

    Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

    • Lehigh Valley     610-967-5219
    • Eastern Pennsylvania    www.epapflag.org

     

     

    HEALTHY TEEN DATING

    Love is Respect - website designed to recognize the signs of dating violence.  Provides support through website and email.

    Teen Dating Abuse Prevention



     HELPLINES

    Northampton County Crisis Intervention - 24 hour service  610-252-9060

    Lehigh County Crisis Intervention - 24 hour service  610-782-3127

     

    Teen Central - anonymous help-line web site, created for teens, by teens  http://www.teencentral.net

     

    Girls and Boys Town-National hotline is a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line.  If you need help for yourself or someone that you know, call 1-800-448-3000.  http://girlsandboystown.org/home.asp 

     

    Dr. Drew - "Ask Dr. Drew questions about sex, relationships and life."  www.drdrew.com 

     

    National Runaway Switchboard - Are you thinking about running away?  Call 1-800-RUNAWAY to speak with someone who can help.

     

    National STD/AIDS Hotline -    800-342-2437

     

    HOMELESS AND DISPLACED YOUTH AND FAMILIES

    Homeless Hotline             877-661-4357


    Pennsylvania Homeless Children Initiative - Region 8    484-392-0589
    • Can direct individuals to necessary services (shelter, food, clothing) and can speak to school staff about homeless resources.   www.pde.state.pa.us/homeless 

    Valley Youth House Outreach Program            610-691-1200    or  484-358-5410
     
    Homeless Veterans and their Families - Help for Veterans and their families to assist with maintaining current housing or for help in re-housing those who have recently become homeless.
    • Referral Hotline      1-855-483-8466

    SELF-INJURIOUS INFORMATION



    SEX AND SEXUALITY


    AVERT -
    Learn more about sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and HIV/AIDS


    National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy - Thinking about having sex?  Learn more about the consequences.



    SUICIDE AND MENTAL HEALTH

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK) - The Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone.  Call for yourself or for someone you care about.

    www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org


    What a Difference a Friend Makes - Learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, find mental health services in your area, read real life stories about support and recovery, and find out how friends can make all the difference.

    www.whatadifference.org


    Covenant House - Are you or a friend looking for answers to tough questions?  Call the Nineline for advice about anything, anywhere, anytime.  1-800-999-9999.

    www.covenanthouse.org

     

    National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) - 

    Child and Adolescent Support Groups held at 802 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA  18018.  If your child or adolescent has a brain disorder (mental illness) such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, ODD, OCD, anxiety disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, autism, or schizophrenia, NAMI provides monthly support to those individuals.  Please call 610-882-2102 for dates and times of meetings or additional information.

    NAMI also provides support and education to parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with mental health issues.  Call 610-882-2102 for additional information.

     

    National Institute of Mental Health - https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

     

    Northampton County MH/MR

    • Information and New clients        610-559-3270

     

    OTHER SERVICES

    Foundations Behavioral Health - 215-345-7151   833 East Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA  18901

    Acute Inpatient, Residential Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, LifeWorks Alternative School, Autism Academy, Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services, Autism Services

    If you have a student who needs a free confidential assessment please call Foundations Behavioral Health's Clinical Assessment Center.  If the child/adolescent is in crisis they will be seen immediately.

    For more information or to make a referral call 24/7 215-345-7151

     

    Energy Assistance

     

    Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - provides home heating energy assistance grants and crisis grants to those struggling to pay their heating bills.

    Northampton County - 610-250-1785  or  610-250-1786

    Lehigh County - 610-821-6509

     

    Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - allows qualifying families to reduce their energy bills by installing energy efficiency measures throughout their homes, free of charge.

     

     

    Financial and Consumer Protection

     

    PA Office of Attorney General:  read consumer advisories and file complaints related to consumer issues, credit, elder abuse, health care, identity theft, insurance fraud, junk mail, and numerous other subjects.

     

    Crdit & Loans:  how to check your credit report and improve your credit score and unformation on understanding your rights.

     

    Identity Theft:  provides information to help deter, detect and defend against identity theft.

     

    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC):  can assist in resolving issues with banking, credit cards, bank accounts, mortgages, loans and insurance.

     

    U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission:  financial education resources available to help individuals save, invest, and manage their money.

     

    Social Security Administration                      800-772-1213

    • Bethlehem                 610-691-2451
    • Easton                       610-258-9033
    • Allentown                   610-433-3237

     

    Health and Nutrition Services

     

    Allentown Health Bureau   610-437-7760

    Bethlehem Health Bureau  610-865-7087

     

    Medicaid:  provides payment for health care services on behalf of eligible low-income individuals.

     

    adultBasic:  basic healthcare needs of PA residents 19 - 65 who have not health insurance and who meet certain eligibility requirements.

     

    Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP):  covers PA uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.

     

    Clinical Trials:  www.clinicaltrials.gov  -  registry of federal and private supported clinical trials.

     

    Nutrition Assistance:  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):

    Women Infants and Children (WIC):  www.pawic.com   or call  866-WIC-TIME  - federally funded program that supplies supplemental foods and nutrition services for pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under the age of five.

     

    Planned Parenthood (Wellness Programs, Birth Control, Pregnancy)

    • Bethlehem - 610-694-0642
    • Allentown - 610-439-1033

     

    Special Kids Network Program - helps children and youth with special health care needs and their families receive the services and support they require in order to thrive in the community and develop to their full potential. 

     

    • Toll free help line - 800-986-4550
      • operates Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
      • answered by trained staff
      • connects families to resources
    • Service coordination provided to families such as:
      • In-home visits by a nurse or social worker at no cost to the family
      • Individualized assistance to navigate the system and coordinate necessary services
      • Support and advocacy services
    • A system of community and regional support, utilizing:
      • Regional Coordinators (all parents of children and youth with special health care needs).  Facilitate opportunities for families, youth and others who work with families to identify issues of concern.
        • Parent Youth Professional Forums
        • Family gatherings
        • Special Kids Network Meetings
    • To improve systems of care and support for children and youth with special health care needs and their families.
    Questions concerning the Special Kids Network should be directed to the Family Advisor with the PA Department of Health at 717-772-2763.
     

     

    Higher Education and Skills Training

     

    Federal Resources for Students:  comprehensive list of resources for college students and their families.  Topics include:  choosing the right college, financial aid and scholarships, summer internships and jobs, and volunteer opportunities.

     

    Federal Student Aid:  information on the process to apply for federal student aid.

     

    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency )PHEAA):  planning and financing resource for higher education.

     

    United States Service Academies:  opportunity for qualified students to receive paid education and graduate as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Armed Services.

     

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Student Jobs:  employment and internship opportunities within the federal government for high school and college students.

     

    Educational Opportunities for Unemployed Workers:  education and training opportunities for unemployed individuals considering returning to school.

     

    Job Seekers and Job Loss Assistance

     

    U.S. Government Job Search:  provides information about federal jobs and employment opportunities.

     

    U.S. Department of Labor:  find and apply for jobs at the Department of Labor

     

    Commonwealth Workforce Development System:  create a resume, find emplyment training programs and opportunities and research job openings.

     

    CareerLink Offices: 

    • Lehigh and Northampton Counties:  610-437-5627

     

    PA Small Business Development Centers (SBDC):  provides entrepreneurs with skills/tools necessary to build a successful small business.

    • Lehigh University SBDC:  610-758-3980
    • Kutztown University SBDC:  866-458-7232

     

    Unemployment Benefits:   www.dli.state.pa.us  for information about unemployment compensation.  To file for benefits,  visit  www.uc.pa.gov  or call 888-313-7284

     

     

    Resources for Renters and Homeowners

     

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    • Rental Assistance:  www.hud.gov/renting  - provides information on privately owned subsidized housing, public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program.  Also outlines tenants rights and protections.
    • Homeownership:  www.hud.gov/pennsylvania  - resources to help you buy and keep your home.
    • Foreclosure:  www.hud.gov/foreclosure  - get help to avoid foreclosure; get refinancing options.  Can also call  800-569-4287.

    Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)

    • Rental Assistance:  pal.phfa.org  - links to affordable housing options
    • Homeownership:  www.phfa.org/consumers  - information and counseling for buying a home and owning a home.
    • Foreclosure:  www.phfa.org/consumers/homeowners/hemap.aspx   800-342-2397  -  The Homeowners' Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) offers help to PA families in danger of losing their home.

    Local Housing Authority

    • Allentown:  610-439-8678
    • Bethlehem:  610-865-8300
    • Easton:  610-258-0806
    • Northampton County:  610-759-8488
    • Lehigh County:  610-965-4514

     

     

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