Update- HEARTH was the winner of $10,000 through Project Beauty Share’s #BeautyWishes2019 campaign!
HEARTH supporters voted during the two week voting period that lasted from February 15th through March 1st.
You can learn more here – beautywishes2019
The campaign benefits women who are overcoming homelessness, addiction, poverty and abuse, and the organizations who devotedly serve them.
5 agencies (including HEARTH), have been selected to participate this year and will be vying for your votes to win the $10k grand prize. for your agency of choice (once a day) on the Beauty Wishes 2019 website.
On March 15, Taylor will announce the winning city/agency, along with the total amount of funds
In addition to the chance to win $10,000, HEARTH and the other participating agencies each received generous donations from 8 Beauty Brand partners!
For more information visit their website at https://projectbeautyshare.org/beautywishes2019/
The 10th annual ‘Purses with a Purpose’ was held this past Sunday, December 2, 2019 at LeMont Restaurant. We had a great time with everyone from guests to volunteers! We had some awesome press coverage thanks to KDKA. You can view that clip here.
VIP Guests- $55 (Regular $65) Includes a souvenir beer glass, one extra hour of beer tasting, snacks, and etc. from 6 PM to 9:30 PM.
Regular Guests- $35 (Regular $45) Includes a souvenir beer glass, snacks, and etc. from at 7 PM to 9:30 PM.
Designated Driver– $15 (Regular $25) Includes admission, assess to snacks, silent auction, and a good time from 6 PM to 9:30 PM
Natalie Bencivenga of the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette covered HEARTH’s involvement with the June 6th House Financial Services Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.
The subcommittee on housing and insurance presented testimony about a legislative proposal to help break down barriers that prevent homeless children and youth from obtaining housing assistance and services through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
As a member of the National Coalition for Homelessness Solutions, HEARTH submitted its testimony to U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, and had those remarks entered into the record.
An open letter to Snapchat,
This week HEARTH has been busy preparing for our fundraiser, ‘Hops for HEARTH.’ This event is put on by our Associate Board, a group of passionate and dedicated young professionals from the Greater Pittsburgh Area. This enthusiastic group of volunteers keeps HEARTH moving forward with the times, specifically utilizing various social media platforms to spread our message, “A Safe Place Matters.” HEARTH staff, our Board of Directors, and our Associate Board were absolutely appalled when we woke up this past Friday to see the news regarding Snapchat’s inability to police their ads. HEARTH was hoping that more than an apology would have been done by now. We will not be using a Snapchat filter or their app at this Friday’s event.
HEARTH takes this negligence very seriously. The ad for the new “Would You Rather” app, which referenced the 2009 domestic violence case regarding Rihanna and Chris Brown should have never made it past Snapchat’s screening process. We are asking that Snapchat work with agencies that serve domestic violence survivors to re-evaluate acceptable terms used in this process in accordance with those organizations’ verbiage. A public apology is not enough; apologies are what domestic violence victims hear from their abusers every day. HEARTH calls on Snapchat to do more. “Snap Chat reaches and has influence over a lot of young teens and adults so they should know better than to send out such a terrible message with that ad” – Kristen Moss, HEARTH Associate Board Secretary.
We ask that Snapchat recognize this egregious error by donating to and supporting causes that aid domestic violence victims. There are a plethora of measures we ask Snapchat take to become a leader in the fight for domestic violence survivors:
“Mistakes happen. This “Would You Rather” ad was obviously a mistake. BUT, an apology is not enough. We call on Snapchat to back up their words with actions – support survivors of Domestic Violence and give this subject the dignity it deserves” – Judith Eakin, HEARTH executive director.
Most importantly, we also ask that they refuse to support the “Would You Rather” app, their developers, and those associated in the future. “Domestic violence is not funny. It is never okay to hurt another person and it is never appropriate to position a prior domestic violence situation as a joke in a game” – Mike DiChiazza, HEARTH President, Board of Directors.
HEARTH would like to thank Rihanna for standing up to Snapchat and for continuing to support and bring light to other domestic violence survivors like the women living at HEARTH. It is very easy to talk the talk, but we have found it is much harder for companies like Snapchat to walk the walk. We hope that Snapchat will take our outrage as a community seriously and strive to support causes that improve the lives of women, not further endanger them.
Presented by Allegheny Financial Group-
Celebrate families creating a better future for themselves by joining us at the 16th Annual Art of Wine and Food! Guests have the opportunity to taste over 30 wines and sample food from the area’s best restaurants and caterers… all while talking with friends, playing in the museum’s exhibits, and bidding on great silent auction items!
VIP Guests- SOLD OUT. Includes exclusive wine tastings, admission at 5:30 PM, preferred parking, a souvenir wine glass, and passed hors d’oeuvres compliments of Myrna’s Catering.
Regular Guests- $60. Includes a souvenir wine glass and admission at 6 PM.