Family Programs empower neighbors to strengthen families and build community.

Family Support

SHIM knows that strong families need strong parents, so we provide opportunities for families to gather and learn. Families participate in field trips, discussions with guest speakers, a weekly Family Group and quarterly Parent Advisory Council meetings. These activities allow families to spend time together, foster community and provide opportunities for English language development.

For more information contact Casey Rich at crich@shimcares.org 412-892-4673 ext. 315.

Support Groups

Coming together to share experiences and build solid friendships helps communities build strength. Support groups at SHIM allow neighbors to come together in safe spaces to share their stories, offer encouragement and nurture one another. SHIM currently holds Women’s group, Men’s Group, Dad’s Group, and Family Group.

For more information contact Casey Rich at crich@shimcares.org 412-892-4673 ext. 315.

Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC)

ISAC assists refugees and immigrants in accessing existing services like shelter, education, healthcare and legal support in Allegheny County. As one of five sites in the multi-agency partnership coordinated by Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh, interpreters are available to enhance communication.

For more information contact Michelle King at mking@shimcares.org or 412-892-4673 ext. 345.

Walk-in Support

SHIM South Hills Family Center’s front office can help neighbors with a variety of needs, including reading mail, filling out forms, and faxing documents.

For more information contact Casey Rich at crich@shimcares.org 412-892-4673 ext. 315.

Nurturing Parenting Classes

SHIM’s Nurturing Parenting class helps local families learn the ins and outs of parenting. Once a week, SHIM’s instructors lead a curriculum focused on enhancing nurturing skills for parents and enabling families to flourish. The lessons are centered around positive self-worth, empathy, empowerment and strong will, structure, discipline and laughter, humor and play.

For more information contact Loredana Marinescu at lmarinescu@shimcares.org or 412-892-4673 ext. 310.

Home Visits

SHIM Family Center is free to all families with children up to age five living in SHIM’s service area and provides home visits, child development screenings and group activities to families in need.

For more information contact Loredana Marinescu at lmarinescu@shimcares.org or 412-892-4673 ext. 310.

Want to learn more about Family Center programs? Call 412-892-4673.

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SHIM also provides programming for kids ages 3-18 with Early Childhood Program, After School, Youth Mentoring, and Summer Camp.

SHIM’s holistic programs offer comprehensive support to families in the South Hills. Learn more about the impact of these programs and more.