There are a lot of turning points and milestones in construction and remodeling: groundbreaking, first coat of paint, first lumber delivery, the first time the furnace is fired up, and so on. But this month we reached a turning point that is not very well-known, except perhaps to builders, and that is the turning point from rough- to finish-work.
Written by: Zoe Hooley
The core of Open Hand Ministries is community. This is true both of the end-goal of families living in thriving community and the process of getting there. The work on our houses is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by countless staff and volunteers. This year, Open Hand is glad to add corporate sponsors to our team. The work at our house this month is underwritten by Tom Henry Chevrolet. Read More
On the first Tuesday of March I sat down to a simple dinner with about 50 others at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Liberty. It was very like the covered-dish suppers (never “pot luck” in our proper Southern Presbyterian congregation) I loved when I was growing up: all I could eat, with plenty of dessert. And lots of easy conversation, though about half of us in the room knew almost no one there. The welcome was genuine enough and the sense of camaraderie palpable enough that it was hard to tell this was a program aimed at poverty in Pittsburgh’s East End. Yet this was the annual orientation session for a new cohort of leaders and allies in Open Hand Ministries’ Circles program. Read More
Please join us in sending a big Congratulations to OHM’s Executive Director Rev. Michael Stanton for being selected as a 2017 distinguished alumnus from The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Michael is being acknowledged in the area of “missions” for his work in the community. He is an awardee alongside 4 other seminary alumnae/i. Congratulations, Michael, on this well-deserved honor!
By: Liberty Ferda
A Q&A with Circles Coach and Open Hand Family Development Coordinator Tammy Thompson, on the recent Circles celebration. Circles is a nationally known, proven, and innovative way of connecting people across socioeconomic lines in an effort to move people and families out of poverty. Read More
By: Liberty Ferda
When Pittsburgher Fred Rogers famously sang won’t you be my neighbor? to open his children’s television program Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, he referred to “neighbor” as more than just someone who resides in the house next door.
He meant a friend.
As the leaders and volunteers of Open Hand Ministries rehab homes, they seek to be good neighbors too.
At the start of each new year, the OHM staff like to sit and reflect on the year before, and set intentions for the year ahead. Here’s a taste of what we’ve been thinking about as we plan for the future!
By Liberty Ferda
Imagine this scenario: You decide you want to own a home someday but can’t imagine how you’ll ever save enough for a down payment. Maybe it’s tough enough to support a family on your income and your biggest monthly expense—as for many people— is rent. You have to pay to live somewhere, of course, but how could you really get ahead in such a situation?
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This time last year, we were scurrying to get our annual thanksgiving letter together. I had been working with Open Hand Ministries for about 3 months and was still getting the hang of things. I was struggling to get the address labels printed, the envelopes stamped, and the letters folded in time. This year, things are progressing more smoothly. Conveniently for me, being on schedule has allowed me to take some time to reflect on this past year, and in the holiday spirit, I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that I feel incredibly grateful for. So, I’d like to share my letter of thanks to OHM.
Dear Open Hand Ministries,