#SafetyNetPGH Results

THANK YOU! After 16 hours of donations this past Tuesday, 106 donors contributed $39,327.50 to HEARTH through The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Critical Needs Alert #SafetyNetPGH.

We cannot thank our generous donors enough for your continued support to help, “open doors,” to families in crisis. For all that you have done and all that you will continue to do, thank you.

Only One Week until #SafetyNetPGH

Only one week left until #SafetyNetPGH. On Tuesday, May 23rd, starting at 8am, your donation to HEARTH will receive a prorated matched from a $600,000 pool created by The Pittsburgh Foundation and its donors. 8am – 11:59pm. One day only.

It’s easy to donate:
1. Visit www.pittsburghgives.org on Tuesday, May 23rd, between 8am – 11:59pm
2. Search for HEARTH
3. Enter a donation between $25 – $1,000

Kennywood Tickets for Sale

HEARTH is now selling Kennywood FunDay passes for $30! If purchased at the gate, they would be $44.99. They are good any day in May, June, or September and WEEKDAYS in July and August.

Hop on board and start bidding on the Hops for HEARTH Auction!

Those of you attending this Saturday’s, Hops for HEARTH can get a jump on bidding.

Click here and you can view AND bid on the items that will be available at the event.

Bid away!!!

Celebrating 20 years of, “Opening Doors” as Executive Director

Judy Eakin has made an enormously positive impact on homelessness in the Pittsburgh community while serving as Executive Director of HEARTH for the past 20 years.

In 1995, HEARTH began “Opening Doors for Families in Crisis”. In October 1996, Judy Eakin became the Executive Director. Ms. Eakin’s passion for the mission, hard work and exceptional leadership has enabled her to build a highly effective organization that has truly transformed the lives of families fleeing domestic violence and experiencing homelessness.

Since opening, HEARTH’s transitional housing program has been a beacon of light for not only for victims of domestic violence, women with mental health issues and women recovering from substance abuse but their children as well. Ms. Eakin’s strong programmatic knowledge and ability to motivate and inspire staff members and volunteers has created a program with unduplicated success.

In 2009 under Ms. Eakin’s leadership, the agency expanded from providing transitional housing to opening the first permanent affordable housing program in Northern Allegheny County, HEARTH at Benet Woods and operating a permanent housing program for homeless mothers with disabilities called P.R.I.D.E. – Providing Residents the opportunity for Independence, Dignity and Economic stability. Both of these programs were created to address unmet needs in the community.

For it’s first 16 years, HEARTH operated out of St. Benedict’s Hall in Ross Township, leasing space from the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh. In the fall of 2009, Ms. Eakin learned the sisters had placed the property on the market and HEARTH would need to find a new home by June of 2011. Ms. Eakin began a strategic planning process with the Board of Directors to discuss HEARTH’s future. After searching for months, Ms. Eakin suggested they look at property in Shaler Township. A large main building had been used for human service programs in the past and the location met all programming requirements. Trek Development agreed to work with Ms. Eakin using the good bones of the building and morphing it into HEARTH’s needs.

Within 9 months, $5.9 million in government funding had been secured but the government funding was not enough. HEARTH needed to raise an additional $1.5 million of private funds to complete the project and cover administrative costs. Once again, Ms. Eakin pulled together a team, this time, a capital campaign team to meet the private funding goal. HEARTH’s past programming success and Ms. Eakin’s persuasive communication skills were instrumental in HEARTH securing $1.4 million in pledges toward the capital campaign in just 18 months.

Less than two years after leaving its home of 16 years and moving to temporary quarters, HEARTH moved into a permanent home of its own. The building can now serve 20 families, five more that in its previous location.

What at first seemed to be a nightmare for the agency turned into a dream, in no small part due to Ms. Eakin’s efforts. She has lead, inspired, comforted, and reassured the staff, the Board of Directors and the families in HEARTH’s program during each situation. Including the current situation facing HEARTH – the loss of federal funding.

It is because of her, the agency moved into a permanent location, never to be evicted again. It is because of her, the agency moved from serving 15 families to 20. It is because of her, staff has remained employed with the agency. It is because of her tireless efforts, HEARTH will continue “Opening Doors for Families in Crisis,” for many years to come. It is because of her, HEARTH will overcome the loss of federal funding and will come out stronger than ever.

Former President of the Board of Directors, current Board Member and long time HEARTH friend Barb Smith has said, “Without Judy’s drive, leadership and plain old hard work, homeless families would not have the opportunity to transform their lives.”

THIS JUST IN …

JUST ANNOUNCED!!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 8 a.m. – midnight. “The #SafetyNetPGH campaign will prorate payouts from the pool based on the total raised by each organization. The goal is to encourage public giving over the full 16 hours of the Critical Needs Alert. Donations of $25 to $1,000 per donor will be eligible for matching dollars.”

For more information, please click link.

You’re Invited to . . .

HEARTH’s Spring Shower
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
6:30 p.m. at HEARTH

– Learn more about HEARTH in their mission to provide supportive services and housing to empower homeless families who are survivors of domestic violence.
– Listen to a HEARTH Program Participant tell her story about how HEARTH has made a positive change in her life and the lives to her children.
– Tour the facility to see how HEARTH provides temporary homes and support for the families
Find out how you can get involved to help HEARTH with its mission

As a “Shower Gift”, we are asking attendees to donate specific items that are currently needed to prepare apartments for new HEARTH residents. Registry is listed below.

Please RSVP in order to ensure seating for all our guests. Please contact Anne Mlecko at (724) 940-3314 or mamlecko@hotmail.com with questions, more information or to RSVP.

Spring Shower Donations

Please purchase items on this list (any amount in any quantity) and bring them to the Spring Shower on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. If you cannot attend, you can still participate; we’d be happy to make other arrangements for you to deliver the items.

NOTE: Due to limited storage space, we ask that you kindly, only donate items on this list.

• Laundry basket
• Full cotton mattress pad
• Set of full sheets (for women only)
• Set of twin sheets (for boy or girl)
• Set of plastic drinking cups for kids
• Small bathroom trashcan
• Sponge mop
• Twin cotton mattress pad
• 2 trivets
• Plunger

If you’d like to add a few miscellaneous items, below are some additional, lower priority items needed at HEARTH:

• Folding shopping cart
• Full bed blanket (for women only)
• Ice cube tray
• Silverware tray (no more than 12” wide)
• Sugar bowl
• Tea kettle
• Toaster
• Tongs
• Toothbrush holder
• Twin bed blanket (for boy or girl)
• Twin zippered plastic mattress protector
• Whisk

Thank you for supporting the families at HEARTH!

Looking to make a difference in a child’s life?

HEARTH is looking for volunteers for our Monday Night Child Care session. Timing is usually from 6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. Clearances are required for volunteers 18 and older. There is an orientation prior to the start of volunteering. Interested? Please contact our Communications & Community Outreach Manager via email at: vlgill@hearth-bp.org.

Super Bowl or SOUPER Bowl?

91.3 WYEP invites you to join us to enjoy live music and help families fleeing domestic violence and experiencing homelessness in our community.
Our annual Alternative Souper Bowl kicks off before the big game on Sunday, February 5th, from Noon to 3 p.m. At Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main in Oakland. Join us for live music featuring Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Brooke Annibale, and The Buckle Downs .
 You’re invited to bring a non-perishable donation for HEARTH, providing shelter and support for families in southwestern Pennsylvania.
WYEP’s annual Alternative Souper Bowl is sponsored by Dollar Bank and Pittsburgh Magazine.

Hops for HEARTH

Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 7-9 pm
Join us at HOPS FOR HEARTH – a fantastic sampling of microbrew and craft beers, appetizers, and a silent auction at the Bigelow Conference & Reception Center. Have fun while supporting homeless families who are survivors of domestic violence. Register now! More information about the event >