Financial Wellness

Through a variety of financial assistance programs, SHIM helps individuals solve problems, set future goals, and achieve financial wellness.

Mamie with her daughter
SHIM provided $97,352 in emergency grants to 121 neighbors facing crisis.

SHIM service coordinators work with individuals to build financially healthy households.

Through partnerships with Allegheny County Department of Human Services, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and Dollar Energy, SHIM provides emergency funding to neighbors in crisis.

In partnership with Allegheny County Department of Human Services, SHIM also provided Emergency Rent Relief funds to neighbors facing housing instabilities. Thanks to the comprehensive nature of SHIM’s holistic programs, hundreds of households received funding to help them safely stay in their homes and keep their lights on.

SHIM serves 1,000 individuals with case management and financial assistance each year. During the pandemic, call volume increased 80%, and SHIM hired two additional staff members to assist the growing number of neighbors seeking help. As South Hills residents begin to recover from economic hardship caused by the pandemic, SHIM remains committed to helping neighbors navigate resources to get them back on their feet.

Last year SHIM distributed $55,000 in utility assistance benefitting an estimated 300 neighbors through Client Assistance Program (CAP), Alcosan, and the Dollar Energy fund.

“It is with a great sense of gratitude that I write to thank you and your organization for the help you provided for me in my financial struggles.”

Client, February 2022

SHIM envisions a community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Comprehensive programs that address employment, transportation, and financial literacy empower neighbors to become self-sufficient.

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Learn more about the impact of SHIM programs in our 2023 Impact Report.