Deer Lakes

School District

Resources & websites for Families & students

On this page, you will find a list of various housing, clothing, financial, crisis, and utility assistance for students and families as well as websites.

In January, Deer Lakes High School began holding a weekly stress management group for interested students. The group has been extremely successful thus far, and we have found that there are more students interested! With that being said, DLHS will now be offering an additional stress management group for interested students. The group will last for 8 weeks, meeting one class period per week, and will help students learn the following:
  • How to identify stress and its physical and emotional symptoms
  • How to identify stressful situations that are within his/her control and those that are not
  • Ways to manage stress such as relaxation techniques, assertiveness, deep breathing, etc.
Participation is completely voluntary. The groups will consist of students in grades 9 – 12 led by trained school counselors and mental health professionals. The number of students per group will depend on the amount of signed permission forms we receive. All meetings will be held during the school day so no additional transportation will be required. While the meetings are held in person during the school day, every effort will be made to minimize disruption to academic work. Permission forms can be picked up in the school counseling office. Students will not be able to participate unless we receive a signed parent/guardian permission slip.


Student Assistance Program (SAP) 

SAP is a voluntary program for students experiencing academic, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties that may pose barriers to school success. Questions?  Call your school counselor or social worker Autumn Rodgers at 724-265-5320 Ext. 2673.

  • Safe2Say Something 

    Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.

    Here’s how it works: Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
    • Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
    • Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement  for intervention
    • If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022. 


  • Allegheny County Site
    •  At this website linked above, you will find services for the following:  
      • Protecting children from abuse and neglect
      • Strengthening Families
      • Help with needs related to a limited income
      • Autism
      • Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
      • Mental Health Concerns
      • Drug and Alcohol Concerns        
  • Allegheny Valley Association of Churches
    • The Brighter Future Supportive Services program began in July 2002 to provide ongoing case management and support to families and individuals. The central goal of the program is to help people become more self-sufficient so that they no longer need to rely on agencies for help.  Our program provides a range of services for people seeking to improve their quality of life. Families and individuals receive long-term support and case management to help them achieve self-sufficiency by meeting realistic, achievable, goals. Through our supportive services program people develop the necessary life skills to achieve the functional, health-related and personal outcomes they envision.  The case manager is available to help families and individuals work toward goals in many areas, services include:  
      • Education - Return to school or get a GED
      • Job Search - Create resumes, search for jobs, practice job interviewing skills, locate child care, acquire a driver's license.
      •  Personal Health - Assistance to acquire health insurance, find mental health providers, connect with support groups, food & nutrition
      •  Finances - Develop budgeting skills, set financial priorities & goals, assistance pursuing child support, locate affordable housing
      •  Utility Assistance - Help to apply for food stamps or other assistance programs, establish links to other community services.
    • Emergency Assistance:  
  • This program provides short-term emergency assistance to families and individuals in need in the Allegheny Valley area. We help with rent and utility payment assistance, emergency food, clothing and shoe vouchers, gasoline vouchers, bus passes, prescriptions and referrals.
  • Assistance through this program is available to those living within the Allegheny Valley are in both Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.  Allegheny County funding comes through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Community Services, through a Community Services Block Grant. Assistance may be able to help with rent or mortgage payments, utility assistance, household repairs, transportation, medical care and more.   Eligibility for this funding requires that your income be at or below the 200% income poverty guideline and that you are able to demonstrate that through documentation.
  • Transportation assistance is also available through similar funding from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.  This funding can provide assistance for those who need help getting to their job, looking for a job or transportation to school.  Assistance available includes: car payments, car repairs, insurance payments, gasoline vouchers, bus passes, car seats and more.
  • Immigrant Funds
    • At the website linked above, you will find immigrant services that help refugees and immigrants thrive in Allegheny County.
  • Utility Assistance
    • At this website you will find information on a number of programs that offer ways to get help with paying bills.
  • Westmoreland County Financial and Benefit Assistance
    • At the website linked above, you will find information on financial benefits, public welfare, transportation assistance, and legal help for residents in Westmoreland County.
  • Knead Cafe (New Kensington)
    • Knead Community Cafe is non-profit community run and supported restaurant where customers can get meals that are pay-what-you-can/pay-it-forward. Click the link above to view their menu and address.
  • Mount Saint Peter Parish Clothing Closet and Food Bank
    • The goal of the of the closet is to provide members of the community who are in financial need with good quality clothing, footwear, and hygiene items at an affordable price. The food bank distributes food to those in need in our local community.
  • Sheetz Meals
    • Kidz Meal Bagz is a program created by Sheetz as a result of the covid 19 pandemic. Meals are available everyday. Interested families can search for a participating Sheetz on the website. Once at the location, simply ask an employee at the register for a meal.
  • Allegheny County Housing Resource
    • Link to affordable housing resource
  • Clothing Closets
    • At the link above, you will find a list of places to get clothing for free in the Pittsburgh area. 
  • Internet Essentials From Comcast
    • At the link above, low-income families can apply for affordable, high-speed internet from Comcast.
  • ReSolve
    • Resolve is a 24-hour, 365-day crisis service that is FREE to all residents of Allegheny County, regardless of ability to pay. Call Resolve Crisis Services: 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (1-888-796-8226)
  • Crisis North Resources and Providers 
    • Crisis Center North is a non-profit counseling and resource center that provides services to victims of domestic violence and their loved ones
  • KidsVoice    
    • KidsVoice advocates in court and in the community to ensure a safe and permanent home for abused, neglected and at-risk children. KidsVoice also advocates for former clients through age 24 to help them make a successful transition to adulthood by removing roadblocks to employment, health, and housing. 


Mental Health

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Stress Management
Study Skills
Body Image and Self-Esteem
Eating Disorders
Drug and Alcohol Use


If you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assult, human trafficking or stalking, visit the PA Office of Victim Advocate website @     See ACP flyer →  PA Office of Victim Advocate (ACP) Flyer.pdf

Pittsburgh Job Corps

Pittsburgh Job Corps Center
Outreach & Admissions
7175 Highland Drive
Pittsburgh, PA   15206
                         (412)441-8700 Ext.  8779
                         E-mail:  [email protected]

Job Corps is a no-cost education program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic programs.  Job Corps' mission is to teach them the skills they need to become employable, independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.    Pittsburgh  Job Corps, College Sponsorship Program is affiliated with CCAC and Butler County Community College.

For more information:


Welcome to the Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy (KSCA), a positive, high energy, learning environment designed to guide at-risk teenagers in furthering their education and setting a path to a brighter future. Cadets will experience a structured and disciplined residential program built upon a military-based training model.  Our mission is to provide Pennsylvania teens who are struggling in high school a path to achieve the self-discipline, education, and skills necessary to succeed as productive, responsible citizens through an engaging, safe, and structured residential experience at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA.

Our vision is to be a life changing opportunity for every Cadet, supported by a Cadet-focused team. We will provide a fresh opportunity for Pennsylvania high school aged students to find renewed success outside of their current school setting, to improve their academic standing, and to increase their potential for future employment or further education. A professional, mutually supporting team is unified in the collective goal of improving the lives of teens who are seeking direction, purpose and understanding.

The academy is a tuition-free program for Pennsylvania residents. It is geared towards 16-18 years old students who are disengaged in school, behind in credits, or at risk of dropping out.

The academy is located at the scenic Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pa., where cadets can enjoy learning in a rural setting, but only miles from the capital city of Harrisburg.

During the 22-week residential phase cadets - Can work towards passing the GED ® or towards earning credits or recovering high school credits through adaptive credit recovery.   

There is no tuition cost to attend. Meals, housing, uniforms, and school supplies are provided at no charge. While it is not unusual for students to take a great interest in pursuing a military career, there is no military obligation requirement after completing the program.   

The KSCA is a joint effort between the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and the National Guard Bureau in consultation with the PA Department of Education (PDE).