Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Providence Point and Baptist Homes held a friendly competition between the two campuses for their second annual Community Collection Challenge.
Providence Point and Baptist Homes held a friendly competition between the two senior living campuses for their second annual Community Collection Challenge. Residents at Providence Point in Scott Township won the competition by collecting 201 food items and $579 for the South Hills Interfaith Ministries. Residents at The Baptist Homes on Castle Shannon Boulevard collected 629 food items and $102. The Baptist Homes Society, which runs both senior living communities, held a ceremony for the Providence Point winners last Thursday. A homemade “Challenge Trophy” was handed over from the Baptist Homes residents, who won the first competition last year, to Providence Point’s staff and residents. James Guffey, the executive director of South …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The South Hills Interfaith Ministries organized a large holiday gift drive for struggling families in the Pittsburgh area.
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Friday, January 4
South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM), which runs the Prospect Park Family Center in Whitehall Borough, organized a large holiday gift drive recently for struggling families in the Pittsburgh area. SHIM enlisted the support of local schools, congregations, businesses and residents to give thousands of donated gifts to those families. The group offered gifts for both adults and children to "shop" for during the holidays. Volunteers from area high schools then helped the families to wrap the gifts to exchange with their loved ones at a later time. "Gleeful secrecy is the mood of the day as families leave with their gifts," said Kate Snyder, community relations manager for SHIM. SHIM also put together a video so that participants could …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
You can catch video from the event here.
The Whitehall Church along East Willock Road played host on Nov. 15 to an annual Thanksgiving celebration, and the event's organizers—South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM)—captured video from the event. (See video above.) Originally organized in 2006 to celebrate both Thanksgiving and the announcement that SHIM was opening the Prospect Park Family Center in Whitehall Borough early the next year, the event has grown by leaps and bounds. Dinner at the event features meals prepared by families serviced by SHIM, as well as SHIM employees. The choices range from American Thanksgiving staples, such as turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, to items more typical of some SHIM families' native countries. According to its website, SHIM's …
Monday, December 19, 2011
The organization's Pantry Plus program, as well as other local organizations, will benefit from Wal-Mart donations.
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Monday, December 19, 2011
South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM), which runs the Prospect Park Family Center in Whitehall Borough, was the recipient on Thursday of a grant presented by Wal-Mart and The Walmart Foundation. SHIM, headquartered in Bethel Park, received $30,000 to run its Pantry Plus program. “Poverty is usually hidden in suburban communities, but all of that is beginning to change as the needs keep growing,” said Jim Guffey, executive director of SHIM, which has a pantry that distributes more than 250,000 pounds of food per year. Funding from Wal-Mart and The Walmart Foundation targets organizations working to help those in need in the Pittsburgh area. SHIM's pantry enables needy families to choose from a large variety of fresh breads, canned goods…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Starting Dec. 13, St. Clair will donate 50 cents to SHIM for every retweet of the hospital's original hashtag message (#Tweet2Help)—up to $1,000.
St. Clair Hospital is calling all tweeters to help South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) provide holiday meals for needy area residents by participating in St. Clair’s upcoming #Tweet2Help drive. SHIM is based in Bethel Park and runs the Prospect Park Family Center in Whitehall Borough. SHIM is a nonprofit, human services organization that provides family and children services to the suburban poor and to refugee families living in Pittsburgh’s South Hills area. SHIM’s suburban poverty programs include a food pantry, a community clothing closet and financial literacy classes. SHIM’s programs are designed to serve as a bridge toward self-sufficiency—meeting the emergency needs of the individuals and the families that they serve by …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A roundup of the region's top stories.
Here are today's top stories from Patch sites in your area: Kidnap-Murder Case Still 'Not A Lost Cause' 34 Years Later KO Teacher, CUP Beneficiary Shawn O'Donnell Succumbs to Cancer South Hills Interfaith Ministries Asks Whitehall Council for Support Fort Couch Middle Named a 'School to Watch,' Again Boyce Middle Redesignated as a 'School to Watch' CV Grad Films Doritos Super Bowl Commercial Brown Eyed Baker Makes Thanksgiving with a Twist --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
An estimated 200 people from refugee and immigrant families gathered at The Whitehall Church on East Willock.
An annual Thanksgiving celebration organized by South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) fed about 50 happy people at its first run in 2006. On Thursday night, that number grew to about 200 people, and that's only because The Whitehall Church auditorium couldn't hold anymore. Originally organized to celebrate both Thanksgiving and the announcement that SHIM was opening the Prospect Park Family Center in early 2007, SHIM's annual November dinner has grown to where it took two full bus trips to bring refugee and immigrant families from Whitehall Borough's Wallace (Prospect) Park area to The Whitehall Church on East Willock Road on Thursday. Volunteers from Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, Seton-La Salle Catholic High School…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Also, budget planning for 2012 is discussed in these remaining notes from the Nov. 16 Whitehall Borough meeting.
“Do you build prisons, or do you invest in children?” were the words of South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) Executive Director Jim Guffey as he spoke to the Whitehall Borough Council on Wednesday night, asking for its support in the continued funding of his organization. Particularly, Guffey wanted the Whitehall Council to formally back his organization’s efforts by contacting higher-ranking government officials and asking for their support, as well. Guffey told Whitehall council members that SHIM is looking at cutting programs and/or a block of employees should it not receive a favorable amount of Allegheny County funding soon. According to its website, SHIM’s Prospect Park Family Center (in Whitehall) was established in February …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Robert McKown, James DeGrazia and Chris Mooney will challenge three Democrats.
The Baldwin-Whitehall area will see races for school board and borough/township positions in Nov. 8 general elections. One of those positions is Whitehall Borough council member, of which three four-year seats will be open. Three Democrats—Harold Berkoben, Philip Lahr and Helen Del Sardo—will face three Republicans—Robert McKown, James A. DeGrazia and Chris A. Mooney—for those seats. Prior to primary elections in May—May 4, this year, to be exact—McKown, DeGrazia and Mooney conducted a joint interview with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch to answer questions about their pasts and their plans. (Not every candidate felt it necessary to answer every question.) Brief Biographies McKown, 55, is a lifelong Whitehall resident and a longtime Whitehall …
Monday, September 26, 2011
South Hills Interfaith Ministries desperately needs help to restock the shelves of its food pantry.
South Hills Interfaith Ministries, which has many relationships with the Baldwin-Whitehall area, is currently running an emergency fall food drive to help restock its seriously depleted food pantry shelves. The human-services nonprofit organization based in Bethel Park did not receive the amount of food donations that it normally does during the summer. "We found ourselves scrambling for food," said Kate Snyder, community relations manager for SHIM. Snyder does not know if the summer food shortage was caused by South Hills residents having a particularly busy summer or if residents are feeling the economic pinch. Either way, it's causing a major problem for SHIM, as the number of families enrolled to use the food pantry keeps increasing. "…