About Us

Dr. Sally Kissick was known to say “Anyone who comes here is unconditionally accepted. It’s not up to us to figure out how they got here. It’s up to us to figure out where to go from here.” People in Need is a 501-C (3) non-profit agency providing mental health outpatient counseling. Dr. Sally Kissick founded the agency in February 1999 with her life savings and a prayer. The mission of People in Need was established on Dr. Kissick’s commitment to help people face challenges by creating supportive structures that help individuals and families make positive changes and lead stable lives. Teaching parents their vital and irreplaceable role in their children’s lives provides an environment where people find support and encouragement to achieve life’s goals. Additionally, her belief was to influence children to want to love, learn, laugh, and work to develop their unique talents. People in Need is a one stop center for social services.

People in Need has four sites. The main office in New Castle houses our Mental Health Services, Women in Need Program, and the Food Pantry. The New Castle office provides the services of counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists. New Castle, Ellwood City, Sharon, and Hermitage offices offer the Women in Need Program (For location information, see our CONTACT US page.) This program provides free diapers, counseling and assistance to expectant mothers and their baby plus children under 1 year of age. People in Need offers to qualified individuals the Columbia Gas CAP Program and the Dollar Energy Program. People in Need also provides a food bank for individuals meeting the guide lines. This program is offered at the New Castle office for Lawrence County residents only. Offices are generally open Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM. For more information, see our SERVICES page for specific offices.