We work to cross socioeconomic boundaries, racial lines, and cultural differences to create caring and responsive communities with our families as they progress through their journey toward homeownership.
Become An Ally
In order to provide holistic care, we match families with volunteers. OHM has adopted the nationally recognized Circles® model as a part of its Family Care process. Through covenant relationships and mutuality, both our families (called Circle Leaders) and volunteers (called Circle Allies) recognize and hone their unique giftedness, side by side. Circle Leaders and Circle Allies form a team (or a Circle) that works together on a regular basis for a minimum of 18 months to accomplish the goals identified by the families.
If you are interested in becoming an Ally fill out this form or email Jodi Salant
THE CIRCLES & OPEN HAND APPROACH
Circles is an innovative way of connecting people across socioeconomic lines in an effort to move people and families out of poverty. Circles functions under the belief that responsibility for both poverty and prosperity rests not only in the hands of individuals, but also with societies, institutions, and communities.
Our society has been successful at creating programs that only manage poverty. This 18 month program is instrumental in our efforts to create healthy, diverse communities in our inner-city neighborhoods which will succeed not only at lifting our families out of poverty but creating the foundation for long-term economic success.
Several community organizations in the East End of Pittsburgh came together with Open Hand Ministries to incorporate the Circles model in an urban setting. We have meetings every week, which include incredible families who are working to get out of poverty, a number of wonderful community members who have committed to working with our families, and great organizations who work to make it all possible.
Interested in learning how Circles works?