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Language Acquisition in Early Childhood Learning

Diana Hunsberger, Lead Early Childhood Program Teacher Early childhood education is essential in supporting children’s growth. According to the National Institute of Health, early learning can lead to higher test scores, better grades, and a better chance of graduating from high school and pursuing post-secondary education. Early learning also reduces…...

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Community Partner Christ Church Supports SHIM

Christ Church has been a valuable partner of SHIM for more than 30 years, dedicated to helping our South Hills community. “It is the philosophy of the Missions and Outreach team to develop relationships with organizations that are taking care of community needs.” -Jeanna-Mar Simmons, retired Director of Missions and…...

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SHIM Supporter Eva Shares Her Story

SHIM supporters choose to help their South Hills neighbors for a variety of reasons. Some feel compelled by spiritual guidance or a desire to make a difference locally. Others have a personal connection, like Eva. Eva arrived in Pittsburgh right before starting 5th grade. Just before entering 2nd grade, her…...

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Mhra Moe and her American Dreams

In 2014, the United States welcomed almost 70,000 refugees. People from many different countries arrived that year, but the leading countries of origin were Iraq, Burma, Somalia, and Bhutan. One of these refugees was Mhra Moe, who came to Pittsburgh from Burma after living in Malaysia for several years. “From…...

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Kyla and Marcele Talk Mental Health

Kyla Ross, Basic Needs Coordinator; Marcele Reola, Intake and Service Coordinator; and Rachel White, Development and Communications Manager Mental health illnesses affect more than 20% of American adults. That’s more than 50 million people according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Locally, several South Hills suburbs are rated as…...

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Board Member Rob Connects Through His Congregation

Board member Rob Wagner, born and raised in Bethel Park, holds a profound bond with the South Hills. Although he pursued his college education at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Cincinnati, his heart always drew him back to Pittsburgh. He commenced his professional journey at PNC…...

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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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