Tips for Navigating the Family Resource Area
Health, Safety, and Well-being
Your health, safety, and well-being are a priority. Below are website links to agencies and organizations that can help.
Pennsylvania 211: Get Connected. Get Help.™
If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, Pennsylvania 211 is a great place to start. From help with a utilities bill, to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free. Our specialists will listen to your needs, and give you information on programs in your community that might be able to help.
Tips for Helping Families Cope
Resources for Children and their Families
Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) has additional local community resources available at www.caiu.org/families/parent-networks-and-resources/community-agencies-and-resources and resources for coping with a crisis at www.caiu.org/families/resources-for-coping-with-a-crisis.
Virtual Drop-In Meetings for Adults and Youth
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer's Association (PMHCA) is a state-wide member organization dedicated to the support of all people who seek aid for recovery from a mental illness at any stage in their journey. Learn more at pmhca.wildapricot.org.
Resources for Kin Raising Children
We know that grandparents and other kin raising children – informally without the support of child welfare agencies – are struggling due to impacts of COVID-19. The KinConnector Program can help kinship caregivers navigate the overwhelming and noble commitment they have made to raise these children. By calling the toll-free hotline, trained KinNavigators can assist with referrals to essential services to fulfill basic needs, as well as connect caregivers with programs to support mental and behavioral health, educational support, or just to be a listening ear during this stressful time. Please share this resource with your networks so that more caregivers know about the help available to them.
KinConnector Helpline: 1-866-KIN-2111 (1-866-546-2111)
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The health, safety, and welfare of our students and families is a top priority at Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU). This includes ensuring access to nutritional meals during the school day. We have reached out to our partner school districts and local agencies to create the below list of free lunch services being offered. These free lunch services are available to students who reside within these school district footprints.
Although this list was recently created, please know that there may be changes. Be sure to verify the distribution locations and times by checking your school district’s website or calling the school district office. Please note that many school districts require students be present when picking up lunches.
In addition to school lunch distributions, many local community restaurants are also offering lunches to students. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities if able.
Sheetz Kidz Meal Bagz
Sheetz Kidz Meal Bagz
Kidz Meal Bagz Launch Company Wide starting Thursday, April 16, 2020
Kidz Meal Bagz is a program providing free meals to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals will be available all day, at all 600 Sheetz locations, starting Thursday, April 16th and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink.
Families interested in taking advantage of the free Kidz Meal Bagz program should go to a Sheetz location and ask an employee at the register for a meal. Families will be offered one bag per child. Meals will be available daily while supplies last.
Go to www.sheetz.com/news/kidzmeals for participating locations
Other Food Resources
Childcare Centers for Life-Sustaining Employees
Child care providers listed are approved to operate during the COVID-19 public health emergency. If you work in a life-sustaining position, these providers may be able to help you and your family if you need child care. Please note that this list may change, and we are doing our best to keep it up-to-date, but providers listed may make the decision to close at any time. We encourage all personnel in life-sustaining positions to make a back-up plan for child care should their provider decide to close.
DHS has issued update Child Care FAQs for Families in need. Please follow this link for information or see attached document below.
For additional resources, visit
Church World Services
On this page you will find Coronavirus resources as well as educational resources surrounding local, national, and global topics of refugees, immigrants, and forced displacement.
PA Office of Developmental Programs at www.myodp.org
PA Department of Community and Economic Development at dced.pa.gov
United Way of the Capital Region Covid-19 Response at