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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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Black History Month and Beyond- Kyla’s Perspective

by Kyla Ross, SHIM Basic Needs Coordinator As Black History Month ends, I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to continue thinking about amplifying messages of equity and inclusion. While many of us in the nonprofit community have made strides in this area, we sometimes feel hesitant in…...

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Fatherhood Program Empowers Refugee Dads

Netra Kafley, Fatherhood Program Coordinator SHIM programs work to holistically help families address barriers to build healthy lives. One of the lesser-known programs is our Fatherhood Program. This program grew from interest among students enrolled in our Nurturing Parenting classes. Most of the participants were moms, and they expressed their…...

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Honoring MLK Through Volunteering

Ann Talarek, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator As the volunteer engagement coordinator at SHIM, I think about serving the community often. Today we celebrate the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and I am heartened to share my thoughts on volunteering. As Dr. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question…...

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Big Changes at SHIM Center in Bethel Park

by Jim Guffey, Executive Director As you may have noticed if you’ve driven by our Bethel Park location at the corner of Park Avenue and South Park Road, we are renovating! It’s been a long process, but we’re excited to finally be making accessibility improvements to our facility. SHIM programs…...

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Celebrating 7 Years of Joyful Fundraising at SHIM: Bridging Hearts and Impact

Seth Dubin, Director of Development and Communications As I approach my seventh anniversary working at the South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) as a development professional, I find myself reflecting on the pure joy that comes from fundraising for a community-focused, hyper-local, and mission-driven human services non-profit. When I first joined…...

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Violins of Hope Event

Rachel White, Development and Communications Manager Pittsburgh does a great job of bringing people together. We’re the city of bridges, and I think that includes both physical and spiritual bridges! As we’ve worked together with the Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh, I have gotten to witness the power of music…...

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Netra Explains Dashara

Netra Kafley, SHIM Fatherhood Program Coordinator Working at SHIM, I have the pleasure of meeting people from many cultural backgrounds. We enjoy learning from each other and sharing our traditions. As a former Refugee who moved to the US 14 years ago, I value my ability to celebrate Hindu holidays…...

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Little Amal at the Citizenship Ceremony

Casey Rich, SHIM South Hills Family Center Site Director On September 21st, I had the opportunity to participate in a spectacular Welcoming event that I know I will remember for many years to come. I set out for the City-County building that day excited to observe a naturalization ceremony, something…...

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Welcoming Week Spotlight on Language Access

Casey Rich, SHIM Family Center Site Director Did you know that more than 7% of people in Allegheny County speak a language other than English? Equity is recognizing that all people are not given the same resources and opportunities. When we think about equity, we often focus on systemic racial…...

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