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Families and Full Tummies – EECM

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Support Families and Full Tummies by giving to East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) on Day of Giving

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EECM has been helping families in their community since 1970.  (See more in my 2011 post about EECM). Consider EECM when you make your pittsburghgives.org Day of Giving list this year.

A few things to ponder –  100 people are served a free hot lunch in the EECM Soup Kitchen each weekday.  Your gift of $25 provides 40 meals! Read on to hear more from EECM:

Last year, EECM served more than 100,000 meals through our Hunger Programs. This includes our Meals on Wheels for homebound East End residents, who, very often, have no other connection to the community outside of our volunteers who deliver their daily meals. Our free-of-charge noon meal in the Soup Kitchen is a place where community members can find a hot meal served by a friendly face when they have nowhere else to go for a good meal to get them through their day. Meals served to the guests of the Men’s Emergency Shelter and the Orr Compassionate Care Center also offer a hot, nutritious meal to these folks in need of a bed or help to move out of homelessness. We also provided 1,000 families with 4-5 days of emergency groceries in our Food Pantry
 
These meals and groceries are often a life line to many of the vulnerable adults and families in our East End communities. Our Hunger Programs can help ‘make ends meet’ when paychecks just don’t seem to last as long as they should.

EECM DOG

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EECM has many ways we can help out, such as gathering a group of friends or family and donating the food of the month, so that they have these items on hand in bulk:

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2013 Foods of the MonthJanuary: Rice-a-Roni
February: Tuna
March: Instant Mashed Potatoes
April: Peanut Butter
May: Rice
June: Hamburger Helper
July: Macaroni & Cheese
August: Tuna
September: Rice-a-Roni
October: Stuffing Mix
November: Instant Mashed Potatoes
December: Rice

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EEMC does more than just meals:

EECM’s F.A.I.T.H (Families Achieving Independence Through Housing) program is a supportive housing program for homeless parents who have a disability, and their children. Our FAITH families work to maintain housing and family stability. This program often reunites parents and children who had been separated because of homelessness. 
 
Our staff, including case managers and a child education advocate, focus on helping our participants to establish and achieve their goals to stabilize the family and become more independent. EECM’s child education advocate works with our families and the local schools, public libraries and after-school programs to help the children achieve their best in school.
 
 
 
EECM is also building a new Community House. You can help them open their doors debt-free by supporting them on Day of Giving.

From the EECM website:

In Community House, we will be able to:

  • Consolidate over 10 children and youth program sites and offer a state of the art computer center to our youth and other members of the community;
  • Encourage our residents and clients to utilize on-site employment opportunitiesurban gardening classes and nutritional education programs for adults and children;
  • Provide 24/7 complete and intimate care and support for our homeless residents – both men and women – with daytime counseling and educational opportunities;
  • Offer a new venue for community events and functions such as meetings, reunions, weddings, alternative birthday parties, and community gatherings;
  • Serve 15% more children and provide double the current tutoring classes;
  • Serve 25,000 more meals each year through programs such as Meals on Wheels, Soup Kitchen, Orr Compassionate Care Center, our Men’s Shelter and Children and Youth Services.
  • Develop an urban chaplaincy program which will allow us to care for the spiritual dimensions of persons in our community, in appropriate ways, as well as help with immediate material needs;
  • Pursue a LEED Platinum green building certification, make a significant internal commitment to green technology, and promote a sustainability philosophy to our community.

As of April 2013, we still need to raise $1.7 million (out of $15 million) to be able to move in debt-free later this year. Can you make a one-time donation or a three-year pledge to become a part of making this dream a reality?

 
So, folks you can see that EECM does some really great things in the East End communities – and they have some really cool fundraisers throughout the year. Check them out and see how if and how your faith communities work together to provide services to your neighbors. Go to PittsburghGives.org to support East End Cooperative Ministry on October 3rd during The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving.
 
Simply Put – Working together is good.
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