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Bethel Park-based SHIM celebrates the South Hills

The Almanac – Think of Peters Township, and you’re likely to get the same impression described by the Rev. Kris McInnes: “It’s a community that is generally, like much of the South Hills, a very well-to-do community,” he said. St. David’s Episcopal Church, where he is priest-in-charge, hosts the Peters…...

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Father and daughter team up to help South Hills food pantry

WESA – Every Monday and Friday Marisa Niwa spends time with her father volunteering at the South Hills Interfaith Movement, or SHIM, food pantry. “I volunteer and keep things neat and organized,” said Niwa’s father, Joe Murray. Murray said he, his wife and their daughter have a long history of doing…...

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St. Thomas More students collect food for SHIM

The Almanac —The St. Thomas More Navajo Y-Princess Tribe recently led an effort that united the St. Thomas More School, Church and Religious Education communities to collect 6,110 pounds of food and $1,044 in cash donations to support South Hills Interfaith Movement’s Sack Hunger, Pack Hope food drive campaign. The…...

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SHIM adjusting in response to changing needs in South Hills neighborhoods

TribLIVE – Eleanor Kunesky showed off her cozy, plaid winter coat and new-to-her jeans she recently selected from South Hills Interfaith Movement’s clothing center. “It’s comfy and warm,” said Kunesky, 58, of South Park, who is on worker’s disability and relies on free food and clothing just to get by.…...

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South Hills organization offers resources as poverty grows outside of Pittsburgh

WESA —Urban poverty is a serious issue for any city, but a new report shows that Pittsburgh’s suburban neighborhoods may be even more concerning. A study done by Jefferson Regional Foundation last June found national suburban poverty rates were increasing nearly five times faster than urban poverty rates. In Pittsburgh’s…...

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South Hills nonprofit expands its mission

An area faith-based organization is changing its focus to better address the spread of poverty in the suburbs. KQV’s Earl Bugaile has more on the story...

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SHIM aims to serve more individuals afflicted by ‘suburban poverty’

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – More than 1,700 people and 600 families in Pittsburgh’s south suburbs obtained food or clothing last year at two pantries operated by South Hills Interfaith Movement. Of those families, about half included a member who was employed — though their earnings were so low that they qualified…...

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Bethel Park-based SHIM now is South Hills Interfaith Movement

The Almanac – Last year, South Hills Interfaith Ministries served more than 4,000 people. “We need to double our impact,” executive director Jim Guffey said, immediately repeating the statement to double its impact. He spoke to an audience filling SHIM’s Bethel Park headquarters Feb. 3 to learn about what the…...

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Pittsburgh suburbs aren’t immune to poverty

PublicSource – In the South Hills of Pittsburgh, the cookie-cutter houses and picket fences of suburbia are hiding the crippling effects of poverty on residents. At least 20 percent of South Hills families are impacted by suburban poverty, a lasting side effect of the Great Recession and the housing market…...

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Food for Thought initiative underway at Beth El in South Hills

The Jewish Chronicle (Pittsburgh) – Two women in the South Hills are fighting hunger and misconceptions. Stacey Reibach and Sheryl Cohen are co-chairing Food For Thought, a social action initiative currently underway at Beth El Congregation of the South Hills. “We were approached right around the high holidays by Steve…...

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