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Our neighbors: The top five things you might not know about refugee families

While the refugees in our community have faced challenges and overcome battles that are seemingly incomprehensible, just like each of us, they are working hard every day to build the best life possible for their families and children. Whether it’s through counseling, child care, group discussions, financial planning and more,…...

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Mt. Lebanon resident’s nonprofit benefits childhood hunger organizations

The Almanac – The setup of Jennifer McDowell’s charity is simple: Only women. A yearly $500 membership. All money goes to childhood hunger. Despite its simplicity, Giving2Grow has granted more than $100,000 to seven childhood hunger organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania in the past three years. “This is an issue that’s…...

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Op-Ed: Find ways to keep children fed all summer long

The Almanac – Despite the beauty and prosperity in our community, poverty is hidden in the shadows. Many families in our community struggle to make ends meet. They are working hard to put food on the table for their children, but many still need a hand to help ensure their…...

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South Hills Interfaith Movement supporters learn all about whom they help

The Almanac – As is the case with many a bright, energetic 12-year-old, Gogan Phuyal aspires to be an astronaut. “And since my parents have given me the opportunity,” he said, “I want to make them proud and accomplish that goal.” Gogan was born in a refugee camp in Nepal,…...

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SHIM receives grant for ‘Two Cultures, One Me’ project

The Almanac – Even those who tend to view high school as their “glory days” will concede that being a teenager is kind of tough. “You’re going through physical changes,” Susie Backscheider said. “You’re trying to fit in at school. You’re trying to figure out who you are. Backscheider coordinates…...

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Help SHIM gain grant for ‘Two Cultures, One Me’ project

The Almanac – Even those who tend to view high school as their “glory days” will concede that being a teenager is kind of tough. “You’re going through physical changes,” Susie Backscheider said. “You’re trying to fit in at school. You’re trying to figure out who you are. Backscheider coordinates…...

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SHIM makes changes to better serve community, leaders say

TribLIVE – In an effort to better serve South Hills communities, officials at South Hills Interfaith Movement say they have made several staff changes and promotions. “We have been looking at operations for the last year and a half,” Executive Director Jim Guffey said. “It’s all about how we can…...

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Partnership with Goodwill helps families supported through SHIM

TribLIVE – The winter coat drive has been a long tradition of the South Hills Interfaith Movement with as many as 1,400 coats donated a year. But Jim Guffey, executive director of SHIM, said the organization is taking a look at how it can improve upon the services it offers.…...

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South Hills Interfaith Movement, Goodwill team up for winter coat program

The Almanac – South Hills Interfaith Movement has reshaped its winter coat program to ensure more children and adults are warm throughout the winter season, announcing a pilot partnership with Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania to better serve families in need. “Each year, our generous community donates coats and winter apparel…...

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South Hills Interfaith Movement launches Angel Emporium 2.0

South Hills-Mon Valley Messenger – South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) is pleased to announce a change in its annual Angel Emporium program for the upcoming holiday season. Over the past several years, the need for basics – from food to clothing to critical community services – has grown significantly. In order…...

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