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If you need food, clothing, utility assistance or more, you are not alone. SHIM can help.

If your hours were cut, you’ve been laid off, or an unexpected expense leaves you wondering how you’ll make ends meet, SHIM can help.

You may qualify for one, or more, of several programs designed to combat financial problems caused by COVID-19, including help with rent, utilities, emergency expenses like unexpected medical or transportation bills and more.

Eligibility and deadlines vary. Contact SHIM today.
Call: (412) 854-9120, option 7
Email: COVIDrelief@shimcares.org

Our three fully-stocked food pantries at SHIM Center at Bethel Park, SHIM Prospect Park Food Pantry and Baldwin United Presbyterian Church are available to eligible neighbors in the following South Hills school districts: Baldwin-Whitehall, Bethel Park, South Park, Keystone Oaks, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair.

Senior emergency food boxes are available on a monthly basis for eligible seniors aged 60 and older. One-time emergency food is also available to anyone in need.

Food pantry hours:

SHIM Center at Bethel Park
5301 Park Avenue, Bethel Park, PA 15102

Second and fourth Thursday of each month 10am – 2pm
Second and fourth Friday of each month 2 – 6pm

SHIM Prospect Park Food Pantry
1450 Maple Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15227

First and third Wednesday of each month
10am – 1pm and 3 – 5pm

Baldwin United Presbyterian Church
201 Knoedler Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Second and fourth Tuesday of each month
10am – 1pm and 3 – 5pm

Download printable calendar here.

For more information or to register to use the food pantries, please contact:

Molly Penderville

(412) 854-9120 ext. 108
mpatterson@shimcares.org

The Community Closet at SHIM is open to everyone in the community. Families and individuals are welcome to “shop” at no charge for seasonally appropriate clothing and other necessary items on Mondays, 10am – 1pm.

For more information, please contact:

Molly Penderville

(412) 854-9120 ext. 108
mpatterson@shimcares.org

If your utility service has been terminated, or is in threat of termination, you can apply to receive a one-time utility assistance grant through the Dollar Energy program. To receive utility assistance, you must first call SHIM and make an appointment. Review the requirements here.

SHIM staff can also help connect households with other utility assistance resources including LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and CAP (Customer Assistance Programs)

For more information, please call:

SHIM Center

(412) 854-9120 ext. 114

Our Family Center works with parents on health, well-being, positive parenting, economic self-sufficiency and keeping their children safe at home though home visits and group activities. Individual counseling and support groups are available for children and adults. Learn more.

For more information, please contact:

Casey Rich  

(412) 892-4673 ext. 315
crich@shimcares.org

Know a senior who could use a friend? Join CheckMates for a friendly, weekly check-in. CheckMates is designed to connect caring volunteers with local seniors who might live alone and sometimes feel lonely or isolated for a weekly, confidential phone call. It’s friendly. It’s reassuring. And it’s a helpful check-in for seniors across Allegheny County and beyond.

Are you age 60+ and could use a weekly check-in? Or do you know someone who is?

For more information, please contact:

Mary Amatangelo

(412) 854-9120 ext. 116
mamatangelo@shimcares.org

The Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC) program helps refugees and immigrants access existing services like shelter, education, healthcare and legal support in Allegheny County. Interpreters are available to enhance communication. Learn more.

Please note: all services offered by SHIM are available to our refugee neighbors.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle King

(412) 892-4673 ext. 345
mking@shimcares.org

If you’re unemployed or underemployed, we can help provide access to free one-on-one career counseling, workshops, career fairs, resume assistance, job searching strategies, LinkedIn training, access to an online learning center and more.

For more information, please contact:

Corrie Yanko

(412) 854-9120 ext. 107
cyanko@shimcares.org

If you need financial help or other assistance, we can connect you to services and programs at SHIM and in the community.

For more information and referrals, please contact:

Corrie Yanko

(412) 854-9120 ext. 107
cyanko@shimcares.org

Need help but not sure where to start? Turn to SHIM, contact:

Corrie Yanko

(412) 854-9120 ext. 107
cyanko@shimcares.org