Community Partnerships

The Community Partnerships Mission Action Community (MAC) researches and considers requests from non-profit community groups not covered by the Community Kids MAC and the Hunger and Homelessness MAC. Once the MAC commits to supporting an organization, the MAC members then recruit volunteers for the program.

Ministries which the Community Partnerships MAC currently supports and some ways in which Shadyside Presbyterian Church members have volunteered:

Foundation of HOPE

The Foundation of HOPE is a ministry of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, a regional ecumenical agency that includes 26 church bodies (Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant) representing 2,000 local congregations and 1,000,000 Christians in ten counties. HOPE’s mission is to be a “unifying voice in the name of Jesus Christ for the mission of the Gospel and the wholeness of communities.” Foundation of HOPE has a mission to provide intensive discipleship, practical resources, and one-on-one mentoring to men and women incarcerated in the Allegheny County Jail. Through choice awareness and spiritual enhancement training, the program helps offenders rebuild their lives, reconcile to their community, and restore their relationship with God and their neighbors.

HOPE needs volunteers to be mentors; please contact the Chaplain’s Office at 412-350-2057 for more information on ways that you can help, or visit this page to learn more.

Off-the-Floor Pittsburgh

Off-the-Floor Pittsburgh (OTF) is a local Christian volunteer ministry, which, since 2004, has provided basic used furniture like beds, dressers, tables, and chairs to disadvantaged families who lack these items. The mission of OTF is to strengthen families and to reduce the pain and indignity of extreme poverty in the greater Pittsburgh region by recycling used furniture in good condition and delivering it free of charge to families in deepest need.

The Community Partnerships MAC has a delivery team that works one Saturday every six to eight weeks. The MAC has held fundraisers for OTF and individuals at Shadyside Presbyterian Church have donated furniture.

Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery (POWER)

POWER’s mission is to help women reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction to alcohol and other drugs, and to reduce the incidence of addiction in future generations.

Shadyside has developed a partnership with this ministry through offering volunteer opportunities. POWER residents also have been included in our annual “Giving Tree” program. POWER is in need of volunteers; please visit this page to learn more.

Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS

Sojourner House provides in-patient residential treatment to addicted mothers and their children. Mothers can bring three children with them and stay up to six months while receiving intensive treatment for their addiction. Sojourner House is proud to be the only program in Allegheny County that provides each family with their own apartment while the mother receives treatment. Mothers and children can begin to experience the joys and challenges of living as an independent, drug-free family while securely surrounded by round-the-clock support.

The MOMS (Motivation, Opportunities, Mentoring and Spirituality) Program builds on Sojourner House’s experience in providing a holistic mind-body-spirit approach to treating addiction. MOMS provides permanent, supportive housing for homeless, single dual-diagnosed women in recovery, as well as for their dependent children.

Shadyside has partnered with this organization to help transform vacant property into a play yard for the children of Sojourner House MOMS. The church hosts the mothers and their children at the annual Strawberry Festival. SPC also holds an annual spiritual retreat for the mothers while providing craft projects for their children. In addition, the women of Sojourner House and MOMS also are recipients of SPC’s “Giving Tree” program in December. There are several volunteer opportunities at Sojourner House; for more information, please visit this page.

Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard

Dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans in the Pittsburgh region, Veterans Place offers homeless veterans a safe, supportive, and regenerative environment as they gain the necessary skills to face real-life challenges, secure permanent housing, and lead productive and self-sufficient lives.

As one of Shadyside’s newer partners, we continue to explore opportunities to connect with our local veterans. We have hosted events, provide opportunities for art therapy, and connect veterans with some of our own outreach efforts. One example is having veterans help us to prepare and serve meals for East End Cooperative Ministry.