Drink N Think Trivia Night to benefit HEARTH – TOMORROW – August 27th at 7PM!

On a very special after-school virtual trivia night… IT’S THE 90’s!!
Join your hosts for a special night of trivia to help support HEARTH. An organization dedicated to providing advocacy, resources, and housing to homeless families and individuals who are victims of domestic violence or other trauma.
There will be a 50/50 raffle to help support the organization as well as prizes for the winners of the trivia. For this special night we went with a theme everyone loves. The 90s. We’ll have some special 90’s themed questions.

To watch and play along visit us at http://www.drinknthinktrivia.com/virtual-trivia/ for information on how you can watch and play along.

A letter from Judy Eakin, HEARTH’s Retiring CEO

To give in honor of Judy to the Eakin Legacy Fund, please designate that in the comments section on PayPal or by letting us know in the memo line of your check.

A reflection from Judy:

As most of you know, I am retiring from HEARTH on October 2. This has been part of HEARTH’s Strategic plan for over 2 years, so the Board of Directors created a thoughtful process that has involved many people. The agency is in a position of strength and ready for its next CEO.

I started with HEARTH in 1996 (I know many of you can do the math) when I was 21 years old (okay please don’t do the real math!!) Many things drew me to HEARTH– the focus on self-sufficiency, supporting women, helping children succeed by providing stability and safety, the committed Board of Directors, and the passion of the volunteers.

The concept of giving people “a hand up, not a hand out”, also aligned with my beliefs.  Providing services that meets basic needs plus some – food, shelter, clothing, computer access, recreation areas, school supplies, life skills meetings – so that the “Moms” could focus on school and employment created a path for success.

During my tenure with HEARTH, we have overcome many challenges and created additional aspects to enhance the program.  We started with the Benedictine Sisters in their former high school serving 15 families and currently serve 31.  In partnership with Trek Development Group, we built the first affordable housing program in Northern Allegheny County.  We now own our own facility on a 5 acre campus in Northern Allegheny County that has enhanced security to keep families safe who are leaving Domestic Violence situations.

I want to thank everyone who has supported me and HEARTH during the past 24 years. Your support has allowed HEARTH to expand and serve the community in many ways.  My fondest memories include:

  • First Christmas at HEARTH, the community was so generous that I was overwhelmed
  • Children running in from school and right into my office to show me their grades and crafts
  • Meeting Kathy Stewart and asking her to go to lunch and be my friend
  • Sharing graduation with our “Moms”
  • Hearing why our “Moms” decided to come to HEARTH – to make a better life for their children
  • The first Wine & food event at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild where my family and friends served as most of the volunteers and we met the Dunmyer family from Myrna’s Catering (who participated for over 15 years.)
  • Pictures from the best Photographer ever, Dan Reardon
  • Bill Gatti and John Ginocchi – working with us on two different projects, always with optimism, humor, and support
  • Arlene Grubbs calling me during the Capital Campaign and asking how my day went, based on the number of glasses of wine we should share
  • Completing our $1.8 million dollar campaign in 18 months as opposed to the 3-5 years that is typical
  • Founding of the Young Professionals Board and committee meetings on my front porch
  • Barb Smith and Jeff Wilhelm standing beside me every week, sometimes every day and every hour, as we made our decision to give up government funding – the best bravest boldest Board ever
  • Employees – HEARTH has the best group ever!

The passion I feel has not diminished, but I am ready to move on to a new phase. The extra time in my life will allow me to have more time with my family, have lunch with my Mom, travel more, exercise more, spend more time with the kids in my life,  volunteer, work on my garden, go swimming, take more yoga classes – take more of everything classes, and sleep in!

There are still challenges that HEARTH will continue to address on behalf of our clients especially in the areas of childcare and permanent affordable housing.  For those of you who have asked, if you want to donated in my honor, please send it to the Eakin honorary fund.  The money will be used to address these two issues.

HEARTH has great staff members and board of directors in place.  Everyone has been working hard to create an environment of success for the next CEO.  Won’t it be exciting to see where they will take us!? HEARTH will always be in my heart; this won’t be the last you see of me. 😊


HEARTH’s CEO, Judy Eakin is retiring

HEARTH would like to announce the well deserved retirement of our CEO, Judy Eakin. Judy will be retiring on October 2, 2020. She has been HEARTH’s CEO for 24 of our 25 years.

We want to ensure that our supporters know this was not a spur of the moment decision. Judy has been planning and discussing her retirement with HEARTH’s Board of Directors and HEARTH’s staff members for over 12 months. We have put a very thoughtful and detailed plan into place for the CEO transition.

HEARTH has hired Nonprofit Talent to conduct the search for the new CEO. They are working with a search committee comprised of key HEARTH volunteers, which include members of the Board of Directors, Emeritus Board, and Young Professionals Board.

Nonprofit Talent will be posting the position tomorrow. To view their website, please click here.

Highmark Walk is now VIRTUAL – Walk for healthy community and for HEARTH!

The Highmark Walk is still happening with one small change… it’s VIRTUAL!

Message from Highmark:

Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection and safety of our Walk participants and volunteers, the difficult decision has been made to modify all seven 2020 Highmark Walks for a Healthy Community to an online only fundraiser and virtual walk for this year’s campaign.”


HEARTH’s Message to our Supporters:

HEARTH encourages you to walk for a healthy community from the comfort of your own neighborhoods while practicing safe social distances.  Help us spread awareness by taking photos or a video of you walking and post it on our Facebook event page.

*Please remember to tag us in photos of your virtual walk using @hearthpgh, #hearthpgh, #highmarkwalkhearth, #highmarkwalk


Thank you Team Captains! 

We just want to take a moment to recognize our amazing team captains!

Anne Mlecko

Joan Eichner

Jessica Merolillo

Meghan McLachlan

Jamie Kuhn

Tracy Bielski

Soo Yi

Mia Siclari-  HEARTH’s Young Professionals Board

Jessica Monahan

Morgan Ceschini

Harriet Riley


HEARTH’s 25th Anniversary Rescheduled for Thursday, October 29, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and for the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers, HEARTH and our Host Committee have decided to
re-schedule the 25th Anniversary Event for

Thursday, October 29, 2020. 

*The event will still be held at the Tower at PNC Plaza, more details to follow.

Please Click Here with any questions you might have

The Second Pillar of HEARTH

As many of you are aware, HEARTH is celebrating our 25th anniversary serving the community! As we looked back on the organizations history and looked to the future, we realized we needed a clear way to explain how we serve families. We have developed the Four Pillars of HEARTH. This is an easy way for our supporters to explain to others what we do!

This year we will take the time to delve into each pillar. Our goal is to present you with quarterly information on each of these topics. This will help us to reminisce on our past and look to our future.

The second pillar of HEARTH  is, supportive services!
What does that mean?

HEARTH’s transitional housing model provides on-site services through a facility-based program, which means that mom can focus on her education, parenting, and life skills training while she and her children work to overcome their trauma. During the next three months we will highlight many of these services and the volunteers and staff who maintain them!

*Each Quarter we will delve deeper into each pillar, highlighting how that topic pertains to the families at HEARTH. The first quarter looked at housing. The next two quarters will be economic self-sufficiency, followed by relationships.

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!