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 >

The HEARTH Designer Wine Bag Project

ALL NEW!  Available at our Purses with a Purpose event!

One of our dedicated volunteers, Susan Mucha, has come up with a beautiful idea to help HEARTH. She has been busy coordinating volunteers with sewing skills, including herself, and finding fabrics to create designer wine bags.

Volunteers are busy making fantastic bags, each one unique. The varied fabrics have been donated by Loom Fabric in the Strip District. All material and work is 100% donated, which means 100% of the money collected for these goes directly to HEARTH.

These will be available for $20 each at the Purses with a Purpose event on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Our goal is to have 100 wine bags available for purchase. You can’t beat the cost of something so unique and creative. If you are coming to this event, consider buying one for yourself. Plus these are a great gift idea!

We are working on plans to make these available at future events in 2017, and possibly at HEARTH.  More information to come. We are excited about this new opportunity and give kudos to Susan for inventing and coordinating such a great project!

Scroll down to see many sample of these wine bags, more fabrics that will be made into bags, and the work in progress.  If you want to volunteer to help, please contact Vicky Gill at vlgill@hearth-bp.org. Thank you for your support!

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Amazon Smile for Hearth

Where are you shopping this holiday season?

Try AmazonSmile and 0.5% of the purchase price will come to HEARTH

If you love shopping on Amazon, shopping on AmazonSmile is no different EXCEPT 0.5% is donated to the charity of your choice. Why not choose HEARTH? There’s no cost to you, the customer, and there’s no charge to HEARTH.

Your your holiday gift just a little more meaningful.

Visit www.smile.amazon.com

Recapping 2016’s The Art of Wine & Food

Oh what a “wine-o-licious” night it was! This year’s event grossed more then $60,000 for the families at HEARTH fleeing domestic violence and experiencing homelessness. Please visit our Facebook page to view photos from the event taken by Gary Zak. Thank you to everyone who came out to support HEARTH. We can’t wait until next year!

FAQs About Recent Funding – Get the Full Story

As Allegheny County’s Homeless Advisory Board votes to eliminate funding, you may have a lot of questions about how this all relates to HEARTH.

We can assure you we are doing everything in our power to continue advocating for the families in our program, to provide safe transitional housing and to continue to open door for families in crisis.

We’ve put together a list of commonly asked Questions regarding this matter, with Answers to these questions:

  1. How does HEARTH help end homelessness?
  2. What is occurring with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and their funding for HEARTH?
  3. Do we know why HUD and HAB are taking these actions?
  4. What does the impact of this funding loss mean for HEARTH and the families it serves?
  5. What is HEARTH doing in order to survive this funding loss?
  6. If 20 programs are affected by this decision, why is HEARTH the one in the news?
  7. What can I do to help?

Find Answers to all of these questions here on our new FAQ page >

Allegheny Co. Transitional Housing Agencies Could Lose Federal Funding

Members of an advisory board voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that Allegheny County stop seeking federal funding for transitional housing programs in order to make its grant bids more competitive, and instead focus on permanent housing and “rapid re-housing” services.

But if it’s adopted by the county Department of Human Services, the policy change would dry up annual funding streams relied upon by local transitional housing facilities like HEARTH, a Shaler organization that houses survivors of domestic violence.

Human Services Director Marc Cherna said a Department of Housing and Urban Development consultant came to Pittsburgh recently to advise DHS leaders to remove transitional housing programs from the county’s annual bid for federal housing funding.

“What the consultant said, basically, was, ‘You should be looking at getting rid of your transitional housing and reallocating that money to permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing,’” Cherna said.

Cherna said the change is necessary to stay competitive in the HUD grant process.

“If we don’t change with the HUD priorities and we lose the funding, then we lose those resources to the county,” Cherna said. “So, that’s the issue. This has nothing to do with the county deciding this. This is HUD’s priority that we are trying to meet so we can be competitive.”

But HEARTH executive director Judy Eakin said HUD actually recommends transitional housing for special populations, like the domestic violence victims her agency serves.

“We have cameras, security fobs, all types of things to keep them safe, away from their abusers,” Eakin said. “When you look at rapid re-housing and permanent housing, it is scattered-site all through the community, and there isn’t that type of support, safety, counseling, case management.”

Eakin said youth and those fighting addictions can also benefit from transitional housing.

“We need to look at the most vulnerable populations and be sure that we’re providing them options of housing support and all the services they need the entire way through our continuum, and not just allocate all our money in one direction,” Eakin said.

The recommendation made Tuesday by the Homelessness Advisory Board suggests excluding all transitional housing programs from Allegheny County’s annual HUD grant application. HEARTH representatives said their organization would lose $500,000, about half of its annual budget, and noted that about 20 other agencies in the county could lose federal grant funding, as well.

Read the article on 90.5 WEST Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station >