Diverse Cranberry

Welcome to Cranberry Township!

Cranberry Township values the diversity of our residents. A diverse community, with a vibrant atmosphere positively affects the overall quality of life. A community rich in culture can play a significant role in developing a unique sense of community identity. Cranberry’s cultural diversity is ever-increasing. More and more international residents are calling Cranberry home. Relocating to a new community and country can be an overwhelming process and we have many useful resources to offer.


Diversity Coordinator

Email: Diversity@cranberrytownship.org

Contact: Parks & Recreation, 724-779-4386 x 1129 

Charles Hawkins, 724-968-8148

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Feb 27 Mental Health Speaker Series
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Past Events

January 27, 2019 "Come Together"  Have you wondered about your neighbor or colleague’s religion and wanted to politely ask questions to learn about them and their family? This workshop is designed to foster understanding in the community and will feature representatives from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish beliefs.

January 23, 2018. Spotlight on Mental Health: Depression - Real Conversations & Effective Help, Tues., January 23, 2018
Resource Fair, Living Experience Panel, Understanding Adolescent Depression, Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment of Mood Disorders

November 7, 2018. Highmark Caring Place, 10th anniversary of Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Special training: Children and Grief: If You’re Old Enough to Love, You’re Old Enough to Grieve".

November 7, 2018. Highmark Caring Place. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Children’s Grief Awareness Day, Highmark Caring Place together with the Cranberry Area Diversity Network invites you to a special training: Children and Grief: If You’re Old Enough to Love, You’re Old Enough to Grieve". 

February 15, 2017. Spotlight on Mental Health - Suicide Awareness and Prevention. Suicide awareness and prevention was the topic of the Network’s Spotlight on Mental Health in the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA. Sponsors included the Cranberry Area Diversity Network, Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA, Butler County Suicide Awareness Task Force, the Seneca Valley School District, Cranberry Rotary Clubs, Cranberry Psychological Center, and Cranberry Township.

November 1, 2017. Abilities Expo - An Event for the Whole Community
Life in a conventional community presents unconventional challenges to people with special needs. They include physical, mental and emotional tests that many of their neighbors may not realize. This event showcased the talent, intelligence, hard work and love that these residents bring to Western Pennsylvania.  Special guests: Jon Kolb, Joe Grushecky, Dan McCoy. 

October 4, 2017. Spotlight on Mental Health - Understanding Grief and Loss. Dealing with the death of a family member, neighbor, co-worker or other close acquaintance is a challenge everyone faces sooner or later. But because the experience of loss is universal, those who are bereaved can learn ways of coping and draw comfort from one another.

October 11, 2016. Spotlight on Mental Health, Understanding Youth Anxiety

Resources shared by presenters

  • The Anxiety Cure for Kids: A Guide for Parents. Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, Robert L. DuPont & Caroline DuPont 
  • There’s a Volcano in My Tummy: Children’s Workbook for Anger/Irritability/Depression. Elaine Whitehouse
  • What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: Children/Youth Anxiety Workbook. Dawn Huebner
  • Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood. Jennifer Traig
  • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. Edmund Bourne
  • Speak. Laurie Anderson 
  • How to Raise an Adult. Julie Lythcott-Haims

Local Support Groups

NAMI PA Butler County. Family Support Groups. Butler – Last Wednesday each month, 6:30 PM, Mental Health Association, Voyagers Room. Zelienople – 2nd Tuesday each month, Passavant Retirement Community Center, 5:30 PM. Contact: Butler NAMI Office (724) 431-0069

NAMI Parent Support Group. Youth and Transition-Age. Cross Roads Church, 325 N. Highland Drive, Pittsburgh 15206. Contact, Linda Thornhill,  lpthornhill@live.com 

NAMI Connections. Peer Facilitated Recovery Support Group. Meets the 1st Friday, 1:30 PM. Mental Health Association, Voyagers Room, 140 North Elm Street. Contact: Butler NAMI Office (724) 431-0069.

NAMI Pittsburgh North. McKnight Plaza, Ross Twp., Contact: Candy, (412) 361-8916.

Hope for Mental Health A Parent Support Group for Moms, Dads, Grandparents, etc. Struggling with Children of all ages with Mental Health Challenges. Contact: Mike and Tammy Corb (412) 535-2727.

Grace Community Church. 9160 Marshall Road, Cranberry Township, PA. Offers professional counseling, 1-1 Care, special needs support and autism support.  Grace is also planning a group for caregivers of special needs family members. Contact care@mycc.org or call (724) 779-7997 for more information about any of their services.  

Ask-an-Aspie.  A support group for parents, families, and service providers of people on the autism spectrum, led by Caitlin Freeman and Phil Garrow, two adults on the autism spectrum. They share what they have learned in seven years of participating in, and supporting the autism community. Their goal is to help people understand autism from the inside out.  The group meets monthly at the Oakland Community Human Services (CHS) Building, 372 Lawn Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (at the corner of Lawn St. and Kennett Sq.). For more information, contact Caitlin Freeman. Website: "Ask An Aspie"   Contact: Caitlin Freeman | Phone: (412) 605-0113 | Email: caitlin.freeman@gmail.com

 PA 2-1-1- Southwest.  This FREE resource and information hub connects people with community health and disaster services in 11 counties through a free, 24/7 confidential phone service and web site.  Phone: 2-1-1  Website: www.pa211sw.org   Text: 898-211  E-mail: info@pa211sw.org 

Seneca Valley School District’s Diversity Initiative  whether you have children currently enrolled in school or not, you may join the diversity initiative.  For more information, contact Ms. Kyra Bobak, Director of Human Resources and Pupil Services bobakka@svsd.net or call 724-452-6040, ext. 1760.