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Helping People Holistically-by SHIM coordinator Lisa

by Lisa Turske, SHIM Service Coordinator Some people have misconceptions about the clients SHIM serves. As a service coordinator, I’m on the frontlines working with South Hills residents who need help. I can tell you from my experience that we have much more in common with one another than we…...

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18-year-old cosmetics entrepreneur fights for beauty inclusivity- featured story on Good Morning America

By Dhanika Pineda April 02, 2024, 3:40 am “Kavya Odari, raised in a refugee camp in Nepal, moved to the U.S. at three years old with her family from the camp where they sought refuge after she said they were being discriminated against for being ethnically Nepalese in Bhutan. In…...

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Meet Bhola, Employee with Close Family Ties to SHIM

SHIM feels like one big family, and often we are connected to family members through various programs and services. You may remember reading about Youth Mentoring graduate Ritika, who recently graduated from Villanova and is now attending medical school. Now, we’re featuring her dad Bhola, who is a Community Aide…...

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Rebecca’s Story- from South Sudan to Pittsburgh

Plenty has been written about the refugee and immigrant experience, and it can be easy to forget that there are real people caught up in the issue. Statistics like more than 25,000 refugees came to the US in 2022, a 123% increase from 2021 or that the country has welcomed…...

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Baltimore Native Alex Brings Perspective to SHIM’s Board

Board member Alex Samuel joined SHIM’s board of directors at the tail end of the pandemic, meeting virtually for several months before getting to participate in person. She was encouraged to apply by former SHIM board chair Tim Millett, a colleague of hers at PNC Bank. Originally from Baltimore, Alex…...

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Ramadan Explained by Community Liaison Jinan

by Jinan Hassan, SHIM Community Liaison Ramadan is beginning and the Muslim community will observe fasting every day for thirty days. As this is an important time for our community, I would like to share more about the holiday. In Islam, we believe five main things. We believe in God.…...

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Board Member Kiran talks Unity in the Community

Kiran joined the SHIM board in 2020, right as the pandemic hit our community. As a healthcare provider, he was eager to share his knowledge and expertise in any way he could. Like many of the people we serve, Kiran emigrated to the United States. Although he was not fleeing…...

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Bhim’s Story

Growing up in Southern Bhutan, Bhim lived with his parents and his father’s parents in a farming community. Bhim’s father was a village representative and helped share messages from the government with members of his community. They had a large amount of land- farming rice and vegetables in the flat…...

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Kathy- From SHIM Employee to Board of Directors

We are lucky to be surrounded by caring neighbors. Many of our supporters are connected to us in multiple ways. From volunteers who donate to clients who volunteer, we’re made up of neighbors helping neighbors. Our neighbor Kathy went from former SHIM employee to board member! Kathy came to SHIM…...

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Do You Know About CheckMates?

Not everyone knows about our CheckMates program, which serves seniors in the South Hills through weekly check-in phone calls from dedicated volunteers. The goal of the program is to reduce the isolation that seniors can sometimes experience while also offering resources to meet other needs. Since 2018, CheckMates has touched…...

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