Circles Update: Cohort 4 is matched!

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By: Zoe Hooley
This month’s Circles meetings have been underwritten by the generous support of Shorebridge Wealth Management, who serve clients of all sizes, helping real people improve their lives through investing. We are grateful for the partnership of our corporate sponsors and could not continue our work without them. Read More

Coming in, Going Out

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Written by Tim Raufer, OHM Construction Coordinator
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This month’s workdays have been underwritten by the generous support of Rupp Fiore, who have been providing insurance to the Pittsburgh area for over 30 years. We are grateful for the partnership of our corporate sponsors and could not continue our work without them.

The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in, from this time forth and forever. – Psalm 121:8

When it comes to hosting volunteers, both in groups and as individuals, we’ve had a banner summer at Open Hand Ministries. Read More

Thank you, McRo Construction

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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.
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Thank you, Tom Henry Chevrolet!

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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

Two Months with Circles at Open Hand Ministries

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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

Rev. Michael Stanton selected as a Distinguished Alumnus from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary!

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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!

Learn more about Michael’s award by reading this article from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary website:
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Happy 18 months!

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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

Won’t you be my neighbor? OHM Respects Those Living Near Construction

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By: Liberty Ferda

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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.

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OHM’s Transitional Rental Program: A Personal Story

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By Liberty Ferda

Moving from EL Gardens to transitional rental

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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