HEARTH’s COVID-19 Response

Hello everyone. We know these past few days have been filled with change and information from many different sources. We want to keep you informed about specific measures that HEARTH is taking to keep our community safe.

HEARTH is currently suspending all volunteer activity through April 30th. This includes cancelling our scheduled volunteer day on Saturday, April 4th.

HEARTH has provided clients with sanitation products and will be delivering quarantine kits to all families living on-site.

HEARTH is suspending all in-kind donations from your home! However, you can send items via our Amazon Wishlist by clicking here – https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1AS3O3EE2CMUX/ref=bnav_topnav_lists_1

You may also send items for our food pantry via a third party delivery service (Instant Cart, Walmart Delivery, etc.)
You can also donate to assist families-we will order what’s needed for you! Contact dbtroy@hearth-bp.org for shipping details.

We need oral or ear thermometers! Places to check would be Target and Walmart delivery.

Here are some food items we will need in the coming weeks! We will not be able to accept non-shelf stable foods

  • Pasta Sauce
  • Apple sauce/fruit cups/canned fruit
  • Soup – chicken noodle, beef vegetable
  • Jelly
  • Cereal
  • SNACKS  – goldfish, fruit snacks, chips, crackers, sandwich crackers, granola bars, veggie straws, etc.
  • Canned Chicken
  • Ramen

New games and craft activities for the kids would also be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you everyone for your support during this time! Stay safe and healthy!

Hops for HEARTH Silent Auction is now CLOSED!

Thank you to everyone that bid during our silent auction! We are so grateful for your support! Thank you to all of our amazing auction donors! 

We will notify you if you won a silent auction package via text. We will notify you when you can come to HEARTH to pick-up your items, this date will be determined as COVID-19 information is updated. If there are time sensitive materials such as tickets in your package, those will be mailed to you right away. If you have any questions, please contact Morgan at mlceschini@hearth-bp.org

You can still donate at our bidpal page to help HEARTH! 

Hops for HEARTH’s Silent Auction is Now OPEN – Virtually!

Our Silent Auction is Now OPEN!

As you probably already know, HEARTH had to cancel our Hops for HEARTH event. However, we are excited to announce that we can still host our silent auction virtually!
The Auction is now open and will close on Monday, March 23, 2020 at noon!

Auction instructions : Click Here to go to the auction

Next: Register or sign-in to your Bidpal account. Make sure you register your credit card information!

Bid!: Bid on your favorite auction items!

What happens if you win?: You will be alerted if you win an auction item. Due to COVID-19, HEARTH is currently closed to all outside visitors. We will let you know when you can come and pick-up your auction items. If your item is time sensitive (i.e. tickets) they will be mailed to you.

Hops for HEARTH Cancelled


HEARTH will be cancelling our Hops for HEARTH event being held next Friday, March 20, 2020 and it will not be rescheduled. This was a difficult decision for us, but our community’s safety is our number one priority.  We came to this decision after numerous discussions with staff, supporters, and community members. Governor Wolf and the PA department of Health have recommended suspension of all social gatherings over 250 people. Hops for HEARTH has many more than that in attendance and, out of an abundance of caution for everyone in attendance, we feel that this was the right call to make.

Silent Auction Items – HEARTH will still host our silent auction; however, it will be displayed virtually! You can still browse all of our items that would have been at Hops for HEARTH and bid via BidPal. The auction will open on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at noon and will run until Monday, March 23, 2020 at noon.

You can bid at this link – https://one.bidpal.net/hopsforhearth2020/browse/all(details:item/1)
Any questions about bidding can be directed to Morgan Ceschini at mlceschini@hearth-bp.org
We will notify you if you win a silent auction package. We will notify you when you can come to HEARTH to pick-up your items, this date will be determined as COVID-19 information is updated. If there are time sensitive materials such as tickets in your package, those will be mailed to you right away.

For ticket refunds – HEARTH will issue full refunds within the next 7 days (thru Friday, 3/20/20 at midnight). You must contact Morgan at mlceschini@hearth-bp.org  to receive your refund. We have had several attendees donate their ticket purchase to the organization and we are very grateful for their support! Just a reminder, the Hops for HEARTH provides around $34,000 annually to the HEARTH budget. Please consider making your ticket purchase a donation to HEARTH. We will have a significant financial hole to fill in the wake of this crisis and cancellation.

Thank you! We would like to thank all of our sponsors, vendors, and attendees for being incredibly understanding during this period. It is at times like these that we are very grateful to have such a caring and supportive community surrounding HEARTH! We will continue to update you with more information as we receive it.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Etna donates cold and flu kits for HEARTH’s Families

Cold and flu season is still upon us! HEARTH was thrilled to receive a donation of cold and flu kits for our families, collected and put together by the congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Etna. Mary Jo and Kevin Smith delivered the packs to our facility,  which mean each family has a pack to provide relief and comfort when seasonal bugs strike.

Thank You Emmanuel Lutheran!

HEARTH’s exciting new match opportunity!

HEARTH is pleased to announce that we have an anonymous donor
matching 2:1 all new or increased donations up to $250,000
for our 25th Anniversary Year! The match will run from March 2020 until March 2021.

How do you qualify for the match? It’s easy! All new or increased donations will be matched 2:1!

Here are some examples to better explain the match!

Example 1: You are a new donor. You have heard of HEARTH and decided to get involved! You donate $100 for the first time to the organization. Your $100 will be matched 2:1, making it a $300 donation!

Example 2: You have been donating or sponsoring HEARTH for many years. You typically give $100. This year in honor of our 25th year, you decide to donate $150. $50 of that $150 will be matched 2:1, making the donation total $200!

*Ticket sales and silent auction purchases are not eligible for the match.

Collaboration Beer 10-25 HEARTH featured in Pittsburgh’s City Paper

HEARTH is excited to announce the name and style of our special anniversary beer! The beer is a collaboration effort between First Sip Brew Box, Lincoln Avenue Brewery, Bedillion Honey Farm, CNC Malt and HEARTH!

This year 10-25 HEARTH a honey pale ale will be unveiled at the 10th annual Hops for HEARTH event! The beer takes it’s name from two important milestones in HEARTH’s history, 10 years of Hops for HEARTH and 25 years of HEARTH in the community.

Read City Paper’s Article about this special effort by clicking here!




Rachel shares her story- HEARTH’s Newest Video Premiere!

See Rachel’s story here 

HEARTH is excited to announce the first of several new videos premiering during our 25th anniversary! This Valentine’s Day, we wanted to shine the spotlight on Rachel, a former HEARTH program participant because her story shows us the power of change a mother’s love can make.

Rachel came to HEARTH in 2001. She shares with us a powerful story, detailing her struggles from an abusive situation, memories about her time at HEARTH with her young son, and where she is today. Click the button below to catch-up with Rachel!

* Thank you to Ryno Production, Inc. for capturing and producing Rachel’s story. 

New Life, New Look Closet building confidence inside and out

A HUGE THANK YOU to volunteers from the New Life New Look Closet and Adrian Foy from Levana Bratique for hosting a Bra Fitting at HEARTH this week. Twelve Moms and three daughters attended and Adrian did an amazing job, teaching about size and fit and making sure everyone got the appropriate size along with undies and personal hygiene products. Adrian was wonderful, funny, and enthusiastic putting everyone at ease and everyone learned something. Events like this are a great opportunity to bring our residents together, to talk and connect in a fun way. We are very thankful to the team from New Life, New Look Closet who are incredibly supportive of HEARTH’s moms, Adrian for giving her time and experience and to our childcare volunteers who ran and extra session to make sure moms could have the time to themselves.