There is always a helping hand
Better health is a goal we all set for ourselves, but figuring out how to make that happen can be a challenge. Whether you’re trying to establish better eating habits, looking for exercise options, or coping with chronic illness, you’d be amazed at the world of resources available right here in your own back yard. When we pull together as a community, everyone benefits.
Eat Where You Live!
Garden fresh local food, crafts, books, music, activities for the kids… our hometown farmers market is the best! It really changes the way you look at food when you meet the men and women who grow it for you on family farms right here in the community. Get to know the faces of Orange County HomeGrown.
Paoli’s own member-owner operated grocery store and deli. Fresh local produce, bulk foods, and friendly faces. All are welcome.
Before you shop, take a look at Alice Wooton’s nutritious Husband-Tested Recipes. Alice has a great collection of seasonal dishes made from wholesome ingredients, all available from your local co-op!
They say many hands make light work. Located behind Jubilee clinic on Cherry Street in Paoli, this family-friendly community garden has been bringing folks together to share good work and good food for the past two. years. Check out their Facebook page to get involved. Even if digging in the dirt is not on your agenda this winter, you’ll find articles and links to get you dreaming about next year’s bounty.
If You’re in Need
Paoli Community Food Pantry
Provides food for those in need, based on household income and family size. Serving the Paoli and Orleans school districts, the pantry is located at 321 East Campbell Street. Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon. It is closed on holidays and when inclement weather prevents schools from being in session. Volunteers welcome. To learn more, call 812-723-5235.
Mercy Center–The Mercy Center, a food ministry, prepares, serves, and delivers more than 20,ooo meals annually to people in Orleans and Paoli. On Mondays and Wednesdays, deliveries are made in Paoli. French Lick and Orleans deliveries are made on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Located at 308 South Oak Street in Paoli, the Mercy Center is always in need of food, supplies, meat, donations and volunteers. More information is available at 812-723-2777.
Grace Haven Ministry–Grace Haven Ministry is a Christian-based restoration home for those looking to make a new start after incarceration or addiction problems. For more information, call 812-723-2777.
Addie’s House—A home for the homeless. Contact Syria Christian Church Pastor Jimmy Johnson at 723-2316.
Hoosier Uplands is a local non-profit agency that serves as an area agency on aging, community action, licensed home health care and hospice services, and community housing development. The mission of Hoosier Uplands, is to provide comprehensive services to the poor, elderly, and disabled, striving to alleviate poverty, improve living conditions, and provide access to health care and social services to families and individuals in need.
When You’re Expecting, and Beyond
You’ll find a wide variety of resources in Orange County to help your family grow strong and healthy.
The Village Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression Support Group
One in seven women suffer from postpartum depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy. You are not alone! You are not to blame!
We encourage you to visit The Village support group, meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Paoli Public Library (use west entrance). Sit down with other women who have been there and know how you feel.
If you have questions or need to talk to someone, call The Village Warmline at (812) 723-7979 anytime to leave a message. A peer supporter will return your call within 48 hours. If you feel you may be a threat to your own safety or the safety of your child, please seek help immediately. Call your doctor or dial 911.
Childbirth classes help you learn what to expect during labor and how you can best prepare for the birth that you want for your baby. IU Health Paoli Hospital offers a free two-day series led by highly qualified and specially trained OB nurses. Classes are scheduled on the first and second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, in the Medical Arts Building classroom. (Complimentary dinner provided.) A condensed, one-day session is also offered on the third Saturday of each month 10 am to 2 pm in the Medical Arts Building classroom. (Complimentary lunch provided.) Call (812) 723-7446 for more information and to register.
Breastfeeding for Healthy Moms and Babies
Orange County WIC supports breastfeeding!
WIC is a free supplemental food and nutrition program for pregnant women, new moms, nursing moms, infants, and children. Breastfeeding classes, lactation consultation, and WIC peer counselors can offer mother-to-mother support when you need it most. Call Orange County WIC at (812) 738-1601 or visit their offices at 204 E. Main Street in Paoli for more information.
La Leche League
For 60 years the mission of La Leche league has been to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. If you have a question about breastfeeding or need support, call (812) 723-2305.
MCH Moms Helpline
The Maternal and Child Health Moms Helpline is a service of the Indiana State Department of Health. They can help you with a variety of services, from free pregnancy and STD testing and health coverage enrollment, to transportation, housing assistance, nutrition, education and substace abuse counseling. Call (844) 624-6667 or visit their website for more information.
First Chance Center offers day services with individual/group habilitation training and work opportunities for persons with severe disabilities. They also work with Orange County Transit Service, which operates a public transportation system for local residents, and Early Intervention Services, a play group for toddlers 2-4 years of age with developmental delays. Contact them at 812-723-4486.
Free Health Care Screenings and Classes
IU Health Paoli Hospital offers a variety of free classes each month. Click here to see the current listing.
This free support group, sponsored by IU Health Paoli Hospital, welcomes all ages and provides tools to manage or prevent diabetes. Click here for a schedule of topics. Come and enjoy a cup of decaf coffee or tea, learn more on each topic and share your experiences.
Need Some Inspiration to Get in Shape?
The Healing Arts Center of Southern Indiana, located on the Courthouse Square in Paoli, offers a wide variety of classes and services, ranging from yoga and zumba to massage therapy and occupational therapy for chronic and acute pain management. With a focus on integrative health care, they can help you build a wellness plan that works for you! These practitioners believe in empowering individuals with information, compassion and support. Follow them on Facebook or visit their website for a full listing of practitioners, workshops, and events.
Indiana Trails lists a wide array of hiking and biking trails. Check out their Rides and Routes club
The Department of Natural Resources sponsors tons of outdoor events.
Indiana State Parks has a great Facebook page featuring places you’d love to visit.
Paoli Peaks offers many outdoor activities in addition to skiing and tubing
Project Acorn in Ferdinand, Indiana offers a wide array of classes, outdoor experiences, and hands-on fun for all ages. Be sure to follow their Facebook page to keep up to date on the current offerings.
The French Lick-WestBaden visitor’s website also has a great outdoor recreation guide.
Orange County/French Lick Senior Citizens Center offers Bingo on Tuesdays, meals from Older American Services every day, exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, dances each Friday night, Weight Watchers on Wednesday, and meals on Tuesday nights from various churches in the area. Located 8497 West Main Street in French Lick, the center is open to seniors (45 and older) throughout Orange County and welcomes any ages to its dances. Contact them at 812-606-8373.
Other Useful Links
DASH diet ( to lower blood pressure)
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
Veterans Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
Your turn! Help us out
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