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 or Charles Hawkins, 724-968-8148

Sun., January 27. "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.

Wed., November 7, 2018. Highmark Caring Place, 200 Warrendale Village Dr., Warrendale, PA 15086. 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".

CRANFEST 2018 The 4th annual Cranberry Area Folk & Food Festival, presented by the Cranberry Area Diversity Network, featured a series of 20-minute dance and musical performances by more than a dozen separate nationality groups. Groups representing cultures as diverse as Japan, China, Peru and Venezuela, as well as several local advocacy organizations, will man information booths throughout the Center.  Kiosks representing the cuisine of various South American, East Asian, Eastern European and South Asian nations will also be operating on site. Cranberry at Your Service –  highlighted the services routinely performed by the Township’s different municipal departments, will feature Public Works, Public Safety, Parks & Recreation, Cranberry Highlands, Technology & Communications, Finance, Engineering, Codes, and Customer Service.
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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
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Abilities Expo - An Event for the Whole Community, Wed., November 1, 2017

Join us in celebrating our special needs community and help us in strengthening our inclusive efforts for all who represent our region through resources, panel discussion, and live entertainment. 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 was created to showcase the talent, intelligence, hard work and love that these residents bring to Western Pennsylvania.  Special guests: Jon Kolb, Joe Grushecky, Dan McCoy. 
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Spotlight on Mental Health - Understanding Grief and Loss, October 4, 2017
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.
Spotlight on Mental Health - Suicide Awareness and Prevention, February 15, 2017
Suicide awareness and prevention will be the topic of the Network’s Spotlight on Mental Health in the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA. Sponsors include 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.
Spotlight on Mental Health, Understanding Youth Anxiety, October 11, 2016

Resources shared by our 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

Support Group List

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.
Meeting information contact: Butler NAMI Office (724) 431-0069

NAMI Parent Support Group Youth and Transition-Age. Meets the 2nd Monday of each month, 5-7 PM . Cross Roads Church, 325 N. Highland Drive, Pittsburgh 15206. More information, email 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. Meeting information contact: Butler NAMI Office (724) 431-0069.

NAMI Pittsburgh North McKnight Plaza, Ross Twp., 1st Wednesday of the Month, 7-9 p.m. Meeting information 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 
Monthly Meeting Dates to be announced for early 2017  Meeting information 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 is a FREE resource and information hub that 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 

You may wish to join the Seneca Valley School District's Diversity Initiative  whether you have children currently enrolled in school or not.  For more information or to join, contact Ms. Kyra Bobak, Director of Human Resources and Pupil Services bobakka@svsd.net or call 724-452-6040, ext. 1760. New members are always welcome!