Updates 2021

  • August 1

    When we help families with small children through Mary’s Child, normally we help a Mom who is the sole supporter of the family.  But there have been times recently where other family members are called upon to help.  David came to us as the new guardian of 2 year old twin nephews, the courts having awarded him custody as Mom is in rehab.  David, new to the demands of parenthood, needed diapers, food, twin sheets, and towels.  We were able to supply him with all of that as well as children’s books and some toys. 
     
    We are presented with different challenges each day at the Ministry Center, and are grateful for your support, as we help these adults who help their extended family members during emergencies with the basics of living.
     
    The Pittsburgh Foundation will add to your donation!  On August 3, The Pittsburgh Foundation is hosting a Critical Needs Alert online giving event to support basic needs and essential human services in Allegheny County.  Through www.pittsburghgives.org, you can donate to the Ministry Center – all donations will have a percentage match through the Foundation’s funds.  So your donation will be a bit bigger through this match!

  • July 25

    The Pittsburgh Foundation will augment your donation!  On Tuesday, August 3,  The Pittsburgh Foundation is hosting a Critical Needs Alert online giving event to support basic needs and essential human services in Allegheny County.  Through www.pittsburghgives.org, you can donate to the Ministry Center – all donations will have a percentage match through the Foundation’s  funds.  So, your donation will be a bit bigger through this match!
     
    In addition to our ongoing busy food distribution, we have helped our neighbors with utilities and other financial needs in the first half of July.  Between July 1-12 the Ministry Center has given out $3,119 in aid.
     
    Recently a mom with two small children came for help with utility bills.  She holds down two jobs, but still had to choose between which bills to pay, and over several months the unpaid bills started to add up.  The Ministry Center helped her avoid the water shut off she was facing.  Helping her is just one

  • May 30

    The Ministry Center continues to help individuals with food, rent, utilities and other emergency needs.  Despite the CARES Act, not all in our neighboring communities are eligible for those benefits.   $11,180 in aid was given in March and April.  Thank you for your generosity so we can continue our work.
     
    A giant THANK YOU to Brittany Miklancie and John Hoburg and the customers of Guardian Self Storage at 915 Brinton Road in Forest Hills for the collection they held for the Ministry Center!  We received approximately 30 cartons of adult Depends on May 21, which goes a long way to restocking our shelves!   
     
    Other pressing needs:  children’s diapers, especially size 5, wipes, Ensure, and underwear for children.  Thank you for thinking of those we serve when you are shopping in Giant Eagle, Target, Costco, etc.!
     
    Wishing all a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend!
     
    Anne Scheuermann, Coordinato
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