HEALTH BRIEFS: Week of March 20

To submit a health brief, email submissions to oalife@oaoa.com. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday for consideration for the following Monday’s edition. 

 

#ChildrensHospital

To shine a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it, Medical Center Hospital is participating in the first #ChildrensHospitalsWeek starting today through March 27.
The following activities encourage support for children’s hospitals March 20-27:

  • Participate in the “My Miracle Child” bandage campaign on social media: Sport a bandage and write on it the name of a child who has benefitted from a children’s hospital, take a photo and share it with #ChildrensHospitals Week.
  • Celebrate Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen today: Fans can receive a free, small soft serve cone at participating locations nationwide. Some locations will use this high-traffic day to raise critical funds for the local children’s hospital by accepting donations.
  • Donate to Medical Center Hospital at Stripes Convenience Stores: Make a $1 donation at the register through May 3.
  • Tune in to a Facebook Live-athon hosted by Nick Cannon at 9 a.m. on Friday. The two-hour live event will feature appearances by Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, legendary NFL quarterback Steve Young, singer Alli Simpson and a “Champion” child from every state and Canada, similar to CMN Hospitals’ trademark telethons. Catch the action at Facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
  • Join the Twitch stream for Extra Life United from Thursday through Saturday. Extra Life United is a gaming tournament where attendees experience the mission of CMN Hospitals, connect with other Extra Lifers from around the world, and compete in a gaming tournament to unlock a prize pool of at least $150,000 in funds for their local CMN Hospitals. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch.
  • Tune in for the Ace Hardware Celebrity Golf Shootout at 4 p.m. March 27. A field of eight athletes competed in a series of golf challenges in early February 2017 in Hawaii. This year’s Ace Shootout raised more than $2 million for CMN Hospitals.

Week will coincide with CMN Hospitals’ annual “Momentum” event, a gathering of 62 Champion kids from each state and Canada, along with CMN Hospitals’ hospital, corporate, radio and television partners near Orlando, Fla. Kennedi, age 17, was treated at Medical Center Hospital after experiencing a Grand Mal Seizure and has personally benefited from local donations to the local CMN Hospital. Her inspiring story demonstrates both the advances made in child healthcare and the strength of the human spirit in the face of illness or injury.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat 62 kids every minute.
To make a donation to your local children’s hospital, go to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals website.

Annual spring conference

The Texas Perinatal Association has scheduled its annual spring conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Odessa Regional Medical Center, 520 E. Sixth St.
Speakers will be Dr. Moss Hampton, “Low-Dose Aspirin in Pre-eclampsia;” Lauri Fitzgerald, “The 4 Chambers of the Fetal Heart;” Dr. Escobedo, “Retinopathy of the Premature;” and Debbie Songberg, “The High Risk Adolescence.”
Tickets available online.
ON THE NET Texas Perinatal Association.

Lifeguard certification course to start 

The Odessa College Sports Center, 201 W. University Blvd., has scheduled an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 31 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1-2. 
Course skill requirements include the ability to tread water with no hands for two minutes, retrieve a brick from at least seven feet on the pool floor without pushing off of a wall, and 300 yards of continuous swimming. 
Participants will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, an American Red Cross Lifeguard Manual and a CPR Breathing Barrier Kit. 
The cost is $175 per person. Must be at least 15 years old to participate. 
For more information, call 335-6348 or stop by the OC Sports Center front office. 
ON THE NET: Odessa College.  

Walk MS: Permian Basin 

Walk MS: Permian Basin 2017 has been scheduled starting at 9 a.m. April 1 at the Allison Fine Arts Building at Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield St., Midland. 
Refreshments and entertainment will be included. 
There is no registration fee and no minimum pledge commitment; however, the average walker raises $250 to support research initiatives, programs and services of the society. 
To register, volunteer or donate, call 855-372-1331 or email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org. 
ON THE NET: Walk MS. 

‘4 Good Health’ 

The Courtyards Assisted Living and Memory Care has scheduled a “4 Good Health” event from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 4 at The Courtyards, 201 Parks Village Drive. 
The event will include educational presentations on topics “Dealing with Change,” by Oceans Behavioral Hospital; “Tips for Handling Pain,” by Angel Care Home Health; “What to Ask About Your Medications,” by Crossland Care Provider Services; and “Exercise and Surgery,” by the Odessa YMCA. 
Health screenings will include Odessa Regional Medical Center Hospital Mobile Health Screening, AngioScreen — Arterial Health Screening (pre-set appointments available at 432-582-8677), blood pressure checks, A1C Glucose Checks and strength screening-Accolade. 
RSVP with name and phone number by March 30 to 432-214-5743. 
ON THE NET: The Courtyards. 

Champions 4 Children Conference 

Harmony Home Children’s Advocacy Center has scheduled the third annual Champions 4 Children conference on April 7 at the MCM Grandé Hotel & FunDome Event Center, 6201 I-20 Business Loop. 
Registration starts from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and the conference is set from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Learn how to recognize the signs, symptoms and the effects of child abuse, as well as how to respond to outcries of child abuse. 
Admission is $40. 
Continuing education and TCOLE hours will be provided by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and the Police Academy Odessa Police Department. 
Register online or for more information, call 432-333-5233 or email sandy@hhcac.org. 
ON THE NET: Champions 4 Children.  

Pro-life fundraiser 

The Life Center has scheduled a fundraiser luncheon at 11:45 a.m. April 11 at MCM Grandé Hotel and FunDome, 6201 E. Business 20. 
Guest speaker will be Kirk Walden, author of “The Wall,” a book that continues to energize and motivate the pro-life community with a surprising perspective. 
ON THE NET: Kirk Walden or Midland Life Center. 

Seeking donated medical equipment for patients

Medical Center Health System is looking for donations of gently used medical equipment for its Sharing & Caring Program.
MCHS will clean and repair donated equipment and make it available forhome use when patients in need are discharged.
Medical equipment needed are wheelchairs, canes, shower chairs, walkers and crutches.
Items may be taken between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to the MCH Hetzler Building, 500 W. Second St.
For more information, call 640-2607.
ON THE NET: Medical Center Hospital.

CLASSES/SEMINARS

Medical Center Health System has scheduled Tobacco Cessation classes from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Medical Center Hospital, Cardiopulmonary Education Room, second floor. Call 337-5411 or visit www.mchodessa.com.
Medical Center Health System has scheduled Weight Loss Seminars from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the MCH Center for Health and Wellness, classroom B, 8050 Highway 191. Call 640-1283 or visit www.mchodessa.com.
Medical Center Health System has scheduled Food For Thought sessions from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the MCH boardroom.
Odessa Regional Medical Center offers a free surgical weight loss information seminar from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at ORMC East Campus Auditorium, corner of Adams Avenue and Fifth Street. Reservations is recommended, but not required. Call Rhonda Spykes, RN, RRT, Bariatric Clinical Coordinator, at 582-8704 or visit www.odessaregional.com.
The Odessa Y, 3001 E. University Blvd., is offering free weight management sessions with a trainer upon membership. Call 362-4301.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Area Agency on Aging of the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission and the Southwest Parkinson Society disease caregivers support group. The group meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the PBRPC, 2910 LaForce Blvd., Midland, intersection of LaForce Boulevard and Windecker. Call 563-1061 or visit pbrpc.org or www.swparkinson.org.
Area Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Health South Rehab Hospital, 1800 Heritage Blvd., Midland.
Cancer Survivorship Through Art meets at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every first Friday of each month at Hope House. Call 640-1283.
Caregiver Support Group meets at 3 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday every month at Parks Methodist 111 Parks Village Dr. Call 563-1061 or visit aaapb.com.
Food Addicts Anonymous has scheduled meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays at La Hacienda, B & J Plaza, lower level, 206 N. Midkiff Road, Midland. Call 553-1031.
Grief Share Grief Recovery Support Group meets at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-March 31, at Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord, 1603 N. Grandview Ave. Registration is required. Call 580-9990.
Helping Hand Cancer Support Group for patients with metastatic cancer meets from noon to 1 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin in Midland, 301 N. Ave. N Midland. Lunch is provided. Call 620-1023.
Hospice Midland Inspiration Center, 4629 Andrews Highway, Midland, has scheduled a Family Caregiver Support Workshop Series at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. Area residents are invited to attend these workshops that are designed to help them cope with the responsibilities of caring for an aging loved one. For reservations, call 432-689-4663 or email Caitlin.chapman@homeinstead.com.
Interim Healthcare and Hospice Grief Support Group, 500 N. Washington Ave. Suite 700, meets at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Cost is free and open to the public. Call 550-7593 or email Langston@interimtx.com.
Medical Center Hospital Diabetes Support Group meets at 5:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month January through November at Redeemer Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 824 East 18th. Entrance and parking on south side of church. Call 640-2162 or 640-2128.
Medical Center Hospital’s Stroke Support Group from noon to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at MCH Center for Health and Wellness, 8050 Highway 191. The meetings are free and open to those affected by stroke, survivors, caregivers, family and friends. For stroke warnings signs information, call Karry Morris at 640-2331. For group information, call Paula Waldrop at 640-1132.
Men with Multiple Sclerosis support group has been newly formed for our West Texas area for men with this debilitating disease to participate in future meetings. Call Jerry Savoy at 296-2368 or email westtexasms@aol.com.
Midland Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes and Nutrition Learning Center has scheduled a Diabetes Support Group from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Midland County Library, Centennial Branch, 2503 W. Loop 250, Midland. Call 221-4510.
Narcotics Anonymous. Call 582-2926 for times, dates and locations of the meetings.

Odessa Al-Anon Meetings have been scheduled at the following times and locations.

Basin Al-Anon Family Group: 5:30 p.m. Mondays at 3610 Golder Ave.
New Day Al-Anon Family Group: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 4141 Tanglewood Lane. Call 550-3110.
Suburban Al-Anon Family Group: 8 p.m. Mondays, noon on Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at 2433 E. 11th St.
Al-Anon for Adult Children of Alcoholics: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at 2433 E. 11th St. Call 432-934-4667.
Odessa Parkinson Disease Support Group meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Sherwood Church of Christ, 4900 N. Dixie Blvd. (multi purpose building next to the church).
Overeaters Anonymous 12-step support group program meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays (12 step workshop/study guide) and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays (topic meetings) at Midland Centennial Public Library, small group study room, 2503 W. Loop 250 N., Midland. Call 553-1031. Visit www.oa.org.
Parkinson’s Caregivers meets at 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at First Baptist Church Parlor, 709 N. Lee Ave. Call 366-6838.
Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Sherwood Church of Christ, 4900 N. Dixie Blvd., multi-purpose building. Call 366-1593 and 366-6838.
PECOS The Pecos Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meets at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Pecos Senior Center, 119 S. Cedar. Call (800) 272-3900.
Permian Basin A.W.A.K.E. support group meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Permian Basin Sleep Center, 600 N. Washington Ave.
Prevent Blindness Texas declares October as Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month, for tips on protecting eyes from injury, infection. Visit www.preventblindnesstexas.org.
Pro Life Midland has scheduled prayer meetings on behalf of the unborn at risk of abortion from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Friday at Planned Parenthood, 307 E. Texas Ave., Midland.
Safe Place of the Permian Basin support groups for victims of family violence. There is no fee to attend, call 580-5970.
SAM (Sharing All Memories) grief support group meets from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month at New Day Counseling, 822 N. Lee Ave. Call 332-5645.
Surviving Life’s Journey, an open group for cancer patients and caregivers, meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at MCH Auditorium. Call 640-1283.
Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin has scheduled a Helping Hand Metastatic Cancer Support Group meeting at noon every other Tuesday at TTPPB, clinic room 210B, 301 N. Ave., Midland. Meetings are free for patients with metastatic cancer. Reservations are required. For reservations or for more information, call 620-1023 or 620-5800.
The Bariatric Surgery Public Education Seminar meets at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Medical Center Hospital Board Room.
The Bariatric Surgery Support Group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at MCH Auditorium. For information, call 640-3550.
The Compassionate Friends of West Texas – Heart to Heart will not be having the regular monthly meeting (generally held on the first Thursday of each month) in December, due to the 2015 World Wide Candle Lighting Event that has been scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at CrossRoads Fellowship, 6901 E. Highway 191. The meetings will resume back to the first Thursday of each month, beginning in January 2016. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord, 1603 N. Grandview Ave. The group offers families grief support for those who are dealing with the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. Call 703-1130 or visit www.facebook.com/compassionatefriendswesttexashearttoheart.
The Crisis Center offers a Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program called reStart. This rehabilitation program for male batterers is ongoing with attendees required to participate for 18 consecutive weeks for graduation. The cost is $20 per session. It is CJD approved and accepted by the courts for those sentenced to complete a BIPP course. Classes are held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays at First Christian Church, 601 N. Lee Ave.
The Crisis Center offers free support services and shelter for adult victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their children. Childcare is available during the meeting. Call 337-4081 to schedule an appointment or visit www.odessacrisiscenter.org. The shelter is located in Odessa, but we also provide outreach services in the counties of Andrews, Crane, Gaines, Loving, Pecos, Reeves, Ward and Winkler. Services include shelter, counseling, support groups, legal advocacy and accompaniment. Community service programs are also available on topics such as bullying prevention, healthy relationships, safety and many more. Call 333-2527 for community service programs or toll-free number 1-866-627-4747 for victim services available 24/7. Visit www.odessacrisiscenter.org.
The Crisis Center offers weekly support group meetings for survivors of domestic violence. Childcare is available during the meeting. Counseling services for adult victims of domestic violence or sexual assault is also available. Counseling for children who have witnessed domestic violence is also available. To set up an appointment, call 337-4081 or visit www.odessacrisiscenter.org.
The Grief Alliance for Children is a peer support group for grieving children ages 5-18 who have lost a loved one due to death. This program is intended for children to process their grief and heal through peer discussions and activities. It is provided at no cost and is facilitated by licensed and/or certified counselors. GAC also offers an adult peer support group for parents or caregivers. Meetings are held from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays at Dowling Elementary, 1510 E. 17th St. Registration is required prior to attending group. Call 432-257-1836.
The Odessa Alzheimer’s Family Support Group meets at 7:15 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Sherwood Place, 3939 E. 52nd St. Call 362-5006.
The Odessa and Midland area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at Lincoln Towers Retirement, 311 W. Fourth St. in Odessa; and at 6:30 p.m. at Health South Rehab Hospital, Loop 250 & Heritage Blvd., Midland. Call 806-726-0941 or visit www.parkinson.org.
The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder support group meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, 300 Veterans Blvd., Big Spring. Call 432-213-0494.
The WEL-Hand of Grace Women’s Enrichment & Resource Center. Call 272-1657.
The West Texas Amputee Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at HealthSouth. Call 550-4371.
The West Texas Healthy Marriage Project. Seminars scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. Admission is free. Call 889-5310 for locations.
The West Texas Twilight Visions, a free support group for the blind or visually impaired, meets at 1 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at 3106A Kermit Highway. Call Mary Beazley at 366-5090.
West Texans Living with Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia Syndromes meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Rays of Hope, 900 W. Wall St., Midland. Call 520-3500 or visit www.fmnetnews.com or www.cfids.org.

COAT/JACKET COLLECTION

BIG SPRING Big Spring State Hospital collect coat and jacket donations for patients throughout the year. Clean items may be taken to the Community Relations Office, at the hospital’s south entrance, 1901 N. U.S. Highway 87, Big Spring. Call 432-268-7535 or 432-268-7730.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AGENCIES

A.C.T.S (Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series) The 12-step recovery group meets at 10 a.m. each Sunday at the Life Challenge, 4500 N. Grandview Ave. Call 208-8197 or 363-5433.
Al-Non Family Groups have scheduled the following meeting times and locations: Basin AFG, 5:30 p.m. Mondays at 3610 N. Golder Ave.; New Day AFG, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 4141 Tanglewood Lane; Suburban Al-Anon AFG, 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, noon Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at 2433 E. 11th St.; Valor Para Cambiar AFG (Spanish speaking), 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 801 N. Lauderdale Ave.; Al-Anon for Adult Children of Alcoholics, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at 2433 E. 11th St. Call Phyllis Anderson at 432-934-4667; 1910 Al-Anon AFG, 8 p.m. Tuesdays at 206 N.E. Fifth St., Andrews; Big Bend AFG, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at 502 E. Lockhart Ave., Alpine. Call 638-0451 or visit www.odessa-al-anon-alateen.org.
Alternative Life Solutions Counseling, 2458 East 11th St. Call 582-2444.
Basin Detox System Inc., 1711 WCR 140, Midland. Available 24 hours, seven days a week. Call 520-2990.
Faith Temple Fellowship and FootPrints Ministries have teamed up to help out individuals with addictions at 8 p.m. each Thursday at Faith Temple Fellowship, 1335 E. Sixth St. Small fee for materials. Call Donny Kyker at 559-9165.
Narcotics Anonymous offers substance abuse problem support. For meeting information, call 582-2926.
New Day Counseling offers DWI intervention class (repeat offenders), drug offender education, anger management and cognitive intervention program. To make an appointment, call 332-5645 or go by the office at 404 E. Seventh St. Website: www.newdaycounsel.com.
Nonsmoking AA meets from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday at St Barnabas Episcopal Church Library, 4141 Tanglewood Lane. Call 550-9601.
Odessa Al Anon meetings for friends and families of problem drinkers have been scheduled, the Tanglewood Al Anon family group meets from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Library, 4141 Tanglewood Lane. The Suburban Al Anon family group meets at noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays all at Alcoholics Anonymous building, 2433 E. 11th St. These meetings are smoke free meetings. Call 367-2701.
Outcry in the Barrio Center is offering a faith base program for individuals with drug or alcohol problems. Call 335-8925.
Permian Basin Community Centers, Turning Point, 2000 Maurice Road, Odessa. State funding available for low income/indigent. Call 580-2654.
Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, offers information about alcohol abuse and counseling. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 24-hour Crisis Line. Call 580-5100 or visit the facility at 120 E. Second St., in the Martin Luther King Center.
Samaritan Counseling Center of West Texas Inc., West County Road 116, Midland. The center offers individual, marital, and family counseling, crisis intervention, play and art therapy for children, addiction and eating disorders recovery, therapy for cutting behaviors, pain management, specialized therapy for senior citizens and their caregivers, diagnosis and treatment of various attention disorders, new testing components for children, a comprehensive package of services to recent Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and families with free counseling for marriage and family problems, anxiety, depression, grief, post traumatic stress and career counseling. Medicaid and insurance accepted. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 563-4144.
Stop Smoking with hypnosis by Daylan Smith, sessions are private and confidential. Also offered are weight control, grief counseling, insomnia, stress, relationships and confidence. Call 557-0632.
Texas Quitline offers free advice, counseling, gum, patches or lozenges for smokers who want to quit smoking. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit: www.dshs.state.tx.us/tobacco/. Call 1-877-YES-QUIT (877-937-7848).

DISABILITY

ABLE Center for Independent Living, 1931 E. 37th St., Suite 1, offers the following for individuals with disabilities; Learn Rosette Stone Español from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays; seated exercise class, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Friday; wellness class, 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and resume writing and job interviewing class, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. third Thursday of each month. Call 580-3439 or visit www.ablecenterpb.org.
Area Agency of Aging of the Permian Basin of Midland provides services to individuals age 60 and older, their families, caregivers and others who help them such as friends and neighbors. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 563-1061 or (800) 491-4636.
Big Spring State Hospital welcomes donated clean gently used warm clothing for patients in need. Donations may be taken to the community relations office near the south entrance of the hospital, 1901 N. U.S. Highway 87. Call 432-268-7535 or email danielle.lindsey@dshs.state.tx.us.
Care Improvement Plus provides specialized Medicare coverage for underserved and chronically ill beneficiaries throughout the state. To learn more, call 866-727-6646 or visit www.careimprovementplus.com.
Disability Claim Service, 835 Tower Drive, Suite 17, represents and assists Social Security Disability applicants. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Call 580-5580.
Home Instead Senior Care offers companionship, personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, errands and shopping services for seniors who want to remain in their homes as they age. The center is currently offering a free Family Caregiver Support Workshop Series from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Hospice Midland Inspiration Center, 4629 Andrews Highway, Midland. Reservations are required.
Joint Care Seminars are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday of each month at ORMC East Auditorium. Call 582-8704.
Miracle on Wheels offers public awareness about wheel chair assistance options for seniors and the disabled. Call 800-771-9243 or 800-400-4210.
Odessa Regional Medical Center offers free join care seminar from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the ORMC East Auditorium. Call 582-8704.
Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center, 620 N. Alleghaney Ae., offers occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and audiology.
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services offers information and services for those with disabilities who need long-term care services. Call 1-855-937-2372 or visit https://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/.
Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin, 301 N. N St., Midland, are offering adult or children IVA+Plus computerized testing for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Testing is $150 and is not covered by health insurance. To make an appointment or for information, call 620-5800.
The Hearing Loss Association of America of the Permian Basin Chapter meets at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month through November at 4312 Ridgedale Ave. For information, call 272-1674 or e-mail linda.belk18@yahoo.com or visit www.hearingloss.org.
The Recording Library of West Texas offers listeners podcasts via the iPhone and iPad. Local and national newspapers, grocery store ads and all other podcasts will be available for download. The Recording Library needs volunteers to read the local newspapers. Volunteer hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. The Telephone Reader is a free service for the blind and physically disabled. The Telephone Reader’s phone number is 617-5555. Call 682-2731 or visit www.recordinglibrary.org.
Volunteers are needed to mow the lawns of seniors and disabled individuals. Call Odessa Links, 582-0099.
Wishes on Wheels offers electric power wheelchairs to nonambulatory senior citizens (65 years and older) and the permanently disabled of any age, if they qualify. For information or to check on qualifications, call 800-823-5220.
Free senior emergency kits are also being offered. Kits include a checklist of important contact names and information, a medication tracker, allergies/conditions worksheet, a senior health tracker magnet, a wallet card to carry when away from home and more. Home Instead Senior Care and the Arthritis Foundation have joined and produced a series to help those who care for seniors with arthritis. Home Instead Senior Care is also offering free training for families caring for Alzheimer’s and other dementias family members. Call 689-4663 or visit homeinstead.com/midlandtx, www.senioremergencykit.com or HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.com. Home Instead Senior Care is located at 1030 Andrews Highway, Suite 223, Midland.

DIVORCE AND COUNSELING AGENCIES

ACT Counseling Management Corp., 2445 E. 11th St. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, some evenings and Saturdays. Call 333-3667.
Alternative Life Solutions Counseling, 2458 East 11th St. Call 582-2444.
BCA Permian Basin, 3300 S. FM1788, Midland, offers confidential assessments for senior adult patients suffering a mental health crisis and for the emotional and behavioral needs for children ages 5-12. Call 561-5915, toll free 877-821-1758.
BIG SPRING The West Texas Centers offers a 24-hour mental health crisis hotline for people who need immediate assistance in 23 West Texas rural counties. Call 800-375-4357.
Centers for Children and Families, 835 Tower Drive, Suite 1, Odessa. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Call 580-7006 or 570-1084 (Midland).
Samaritan Counseling Center, 10008 Pilot Ave., Midland, offers free counseling to veterans, active military and their family members. To donate or for fundraising event information, call 563-4144 or visit www.samaritanccwtx.org.
The Children’s Connections, a nonprofit organization, is offering two free parenting programs designed to strengthen families. The Children’s Connections’ Strengthening Families Program will utilize the Project SafeCare and Parenting Wisely program models to educate parents who are at risk of child abuse and maltreatment. Call 432-270-8299, 800-456-4862, e-mail Judy@childrensconnections.org or visit childrensconnections.org.
Trans Texas Counseling offers confidential individual, family and marital counseling, anger management and substance abuse services. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Call 333-9590.
West Texas Area Counseling Center, 6010 E. Highway 191, Suite 120, Odessa. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Evening appointments may be arranged. Call 550-3838 or 552-0230.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGENCIES

Safe Place of Odessa and Midland assists victims of domestic violence, counseling, support groups, children’s programs, battering intervention prevention program, legal advocacy, education, community awareness and training, community resource referral for victims of physical, emotional, sexual abuse. Shelter is also provided for victims and their children as well as nonresident services to 15 counties. Call 580-5970 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 24-hour hotline at 570-1465 or 800-967-8928.
The Crisis Center offers counseling services for adult victims of domestic violence and counseling for children who have witnessed domestic violence. Call the 24-hour hotline at 337-4081 or 866-627-4747 or visit www.odessacrisiscenter.org.

FOOD

Bearly Unique Blessings Soup Kitchen, sponsored by Wake Up And Dream and Faith Temple Fellowship, offers lunch daily for the area homeless and needy. Volunteers and contributions are needed. Call 272-3443 or 208-6712. Contributions may be mailed to Wake Up And Dream, c/o Bearly Unique Blessings Soup Kitchen, 1335 E. Sixth St., Odessa, Texas 79761.
JesusHouseOdessa.com offers food for the areas homeless and the needy. Donated perishable and nonperishable items welcomed. Deliver to 1335 E. Sixth St.cq Call 559-9165 for drop off times or for more information visit: www.jesushouseodessa.com.

MEDICATION TAKE BACK

Medical Center Hospital medication take back program between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month under the MCH Sky Bridge, Fifth Street and Alleghaney Ave. This is anonymous program and all medications received will be destroyed in compliance with federal law. Call 640-6000. Visit ww.mchodessa.com.

CLINICS

Odessa Regional Medical Center, 520 E. Sixth St., has scheduled stork tours at 7 p.m. Mondays and 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stork-tour-every-tuesday-tickets-17501065157?ref=ecal. Call 582-8672 or visit www.odessaregionalmedicalcenter.com.
Odessa Regional Medical Center is offering sport physicals at three locations at Pediatric Clinic, Fifth Street and Muskingum Avenue; Complete Care, 3001 W. University Blvd. and at 7101 Eastridge Road. To schedule an appointment, call 582-8590 (Pediatric Clinic), 580-5966 (Complete Care-West Loop); or 550-0048 (Complete Care-Eastridge). Visit odessaregionalmedicalcenter.com.
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile officers sport physicals and primary care for children. Hours of operation are, unless otherwise noted: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. No appointment is necessary. First come, first seen. For current location schedule or for more information, call 640-KIDS or visit http://mchodessa.com/ronald-mcdonald-care-mobile/.

REFERRAL CALL CENTER

The Medical Center Health System Call Center is now providing physician referral information at 640-6000. This line is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also have bilingual operators to assist Spanish speakers. The MCH Call Center is also set up to help callers with information about MCH events, services, and classes. Visit www.mchodessa.com.

NEW MOTHERS & BABY

Medical Center Health System has scheduled Baby Café from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at MCH Center for Women & Infants, fourth floor east classroom. Call 640-6000.
Medical Center Hospital Center for Women and Infants offers a free Breastfeeding Drop-in Center for pregnant or nursing mothers from 10 a.m. to noon each Wednesday at the MCH Center for Women & Infants Classroom. Included free breastfeeding education, certified lactation consultants and one-on-one consultations. No appointments are needed and all consultations and services are provided free of charge to pregnant and nursing mothers. Call 640-6000 or visit http://www.mch4women.com/Baby-Cafe.aspx.
Medical Center Hospital Center for Women & Infants has scheduled Baby Steps Tours from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the centers, first floor lobby. Baby Steps Tours gives expectant parents to become familiar with the centers amenities and services, to ask important questions and get to know our staff before the baby’s arrival. For more information, call 413-3249, 230-4037 or text BABY to 20673 to receive the latest centers information. Visit: www.mchodessa.com.
Medical Center Hospital Center for Women & Infants has scheduled childbirth classes March 21, 23 and 28, May 16, 18 and 23, July 18, 20 and 25, Sept. 12, 14 and 19 and Nov. 7, 9 and 14. For more information, call 640-1283 or 553-2667.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Grief Alliance for Children are currently looking for volunteer peer support co-facilitators and team coordinators. Training will be provided. Call 432-257-1836 or email grief.alliance.children@gmail.com
Medical Center Health System Volunteer Services Department has scheduled a volunteer training from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at Medical Center Hospital, 500 W. Fourth St., in the auditorium located on the first floor. For more information on joining the MCH Auxiliary, MCHS Friendship Home and other volunteer teams or to register for volunteer training, call 640-2249.
Odessa Regional Medical Center is looking for men and women, 18-year-olds and older, to volunteer just 6 hours a month or 72 hours a year as a hospital volunteer. Call 582-8796 or email tblackstone@iasishealthcare.com or visit www.odessaregionalmedicalcenter.com.
Compass Hospice is seeking for volunteers. For more information, call Stacie DeMoss at 704-5211 or email at sdemoss@compasshospice.com or visit compasshospice.com.
The Crisis Center offers support services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and are in need of volunteers. For more information, call 333-2537 or visit www.odessacrisiscenter.org.
The Crisis Center volunteers are needed for its PATH (Positive Action Toward Healing) Program from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 333-2527 or visit http://angelhouseshelter.com.