HEARTH receives a grant from the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF)

Thanks to a grant from the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF), this year’s Learning Center project is the development of the newscast for the kids here at HEARTH. On one assignment for the newscast, Danny decided to interview a limousine driver, Chris from Quality Limousines. Chris was so flattered that on his night off, he took the kids for a donated ride in the limousine while Danny conducted his interview.

It was definitely a special treat for everyone and the kids had a fantastic time!

From Left to Right: Leah, Caterina, Danny & Jonah

2014 Dreammakers

Dreammakers are individuals or companies whose monetary donations to HEARTH have reached $10,000. We are so thankful for this year’s Dreammakers. Your contribution makes a huge difference to us, and goes a long way to reaching our goals.


Debbie Flinner of TriState Capital Bank 

TriState Capital Bank first became involved with HEARTH through The Art of Wine & Food and Golf as a sponsor in 2009. What has kept the bank involved with the agency over the years? HEARTH’s mission -we believe that the mission to help families who are in distress will benefit them as well as the community.

It is truly an honor for TriState Capital Bank to be a Dreammaker. Their support of HEARTH means that a mother will be able to become financially and economically self-sufficient and therefore, be able to provide for her family. Support also means that HAERTH will be able to offer programs, resources and additional services needed to assist the families.

Helping just one family overcome financial and family obstacles as well as homelessness is why we continue to provide financial support – helping families become independent and self-supporting.



“Pat & I are honored to be recognized for our support, but feel that the real Dreammakers are the staff, volunteers and the women in the program themselves,” Gayle stated about being a Dreammaker, “This program is a perfect example of how people working together and caring can make such a positive contribution to a huge problem like homelessness,” she continued, “We feel lucky and blessed to be part of it.”

Gayle and her family have been involved with HEARTH for almost 20 years, beginning her volunteer time through ASID through furnishing the agency’s former home, Benedictine Place. When her initial contact to the agency, Joanne Noyes moved from Pittsburgh, Gayle continued her work with the staff, ASID members (including Lisa Kamphaus & Kathy Stewart), vendors and volunteers to furnish and environment that the women and children at HEARTH could feel comfortable in.

Alan Bicker of First National Bank 

In 2012, First National Bank purchased Parkvale Bank, who had been a huge supporter of HEARTH. After attending the agency’s Sponsorship Lunch and discovering more of what HEARTH actually does, Alan Bicker, Regional Banking Director, was touched by the wonderful services the agency provides and the uplifting stories of what HEARTH has done to improve the lives of our Program Participants. Willing to continue the relationship, First National Bank sponsored The Art of Wine and Food as well as Hops for HEARTH that year.

Mr. Bicker said, “First National Bank is very glad that we can support members of our Western Pennsylvania Community that are in need and we are honored to be recognized for our contributions. As a life – long resident of the community, I feel very proud that we have a great organization like HEARTH providing a safety net for those in need. First National Bank recently moved its headquarters to Pittsburgh, and we want to help organizations like yours that strengthen our community.”


Barb Smith. The Tunney’s became involved with HEARTH because of Barb Smith. Their daughters were friends and Deirdre saw in Barb how much passion she had for the agency and knew it was a great place for her family to support. Feeling single moms were an under – served group and understanding the need to break the cycle HEARTH aligned with what the Tunney’s believed. Deirdre said, “HEARTH takes what I think of as a holistic approach to addressing the issues – the fact that it combines housing – along with advocacy with a focus on education was unique in my mind.

But when the Tunney’s learned about the situation of HEARTH losing their home at Benedictine Place, they were blown away by what the agency was able to accomplish. Purchasing land, renovating a building, providing a strategic move to ensure the future of the agency enforced their support. Deirdre added, “ I feel happy and blessed to be fortunate enough to support such a great organization.”


HEARTH’s dedication to the women and children of Pittsburgh and their comprehensive approach to addressing and preventing homelessness is something that Buck Consultants believe in and see as making a true difference in our city. HEARTH is special and it is our pleasure to be able to do our small part in supporting the organizations mission.

Maranie Staab of Buck Consultants said, “It is an honor and privilege to be able to do a small part in supporting such a great organization; HEARTH has and continues to make a direct, positive impact in the lives of women and children every day. We appreciate the recognition and look forward to continuing to support HEARTHs’ efforts.”




HEARTH’s 2014 Volunteers of the Year!

HEARTH is pleased to honor our Volunteers of the Year and all our volunteers.


“No one is more cherished in this world, than someone who lightens the burden of another.”
~ Author Unknown ~


We could not operate without our many volunteers.
We would like to give special thanks to these special volunteers.

Great News for HEARTH!

HEARTH is honored to be one of the first recipients of Allegheny Financial Group’s Good Neighbor donation. HEARTH plans to use the donation by helping our clients create healthier lifestyles. This includes purchasing exercise equipment, workout DVDs and screens, and books on healthy lifestyles. We will need volunteers to provide access to the exercise room and teach classes, so if you would like to get involved in this project, please call Vicky Gill at 412-366-9801 x13. For complete information on the Good neighbor Grants, click here.

Halloween 2014 for HEARTH families

The Youth Group of St. John Neumann once again hosted a Halloween Party for the families of HEARTH and what a party it was! The kid’s guessed the number of candies stuffed in a jar, painted pumpkins, bobbed for marshmallows and even guessed which “body part” was hidden in a bag. A great time was had by all. HEARTH would like to thank the Youth Group for all their hard work!

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Un-birthday 2014

Who’s birthday is it?
It’s everyone’s birthday when it’s an “Un-Birthday”!

The Norwin Show Choir put on one of the best “Un-Birthday” parties for the families at HEARTH on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. From face painting, to bag making, to singing and dancing their award winning show, the choir’s performance was flawless.

Special thanks to the seniors, who donated their time on their last day of school! And an extra special thanks to the Norwin Show Choir Class of 2013, who took it upon themselves to continue to fundraise for the agency, raising enough money to purchase an XBOX 360 Kinnect for the Learning Center.

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Business Woman of the Year

Judy Eakin, HEARTH, Executive Director, was selected as a winner of the William R. Baierl Award, and was named the “Business Woman of the Year” by the Northern Allegheny County Chamber of Commerce. The award is based upon community, volunteer, and Chamber involvement, as well as business accomplishments. Judy has been very active with the Chamber and sits on their board; in addition to other community activities. With her involvement, she has helped to raise awareness of HEARTH. Included here is a picture of Judy along with the awardees.

business woman of the year

Judy Eakin – Business Woman of the Year
Chris Kail – Emerging Business Man of the Year
Erika Schuster – Emerging Business Woman of the Year
Bryan Hinds – Business Man of the Year

Grand Opening – July 18, 2013

Saturday Diary / Evicted with children; it’s got to stop

March 9, 2013 12:19 am
By Dan Simpson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One of my sons and his wife bought a modest starter house. Next door to them was a woman with two of her children, 14 and 8, living in a similar house.

She had a job and, fleeing domestic violence, had bought the house with a subprime mortgage at a price above its market value. My son and his wife knew her and the two children. One child was gifted and in a magnet boarding school. The other had learning problems and a nice personality. Absent a father, he liked it when my son came out to throw a football with him.

A few weeks ago, my son told me that the mother and her family had been evicted…

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