News stories

Meet Stacey- Board Member, Donor, and Volunteer

One of the best things about SHIM supporters is their dedication to improving the lives of their neighbors. Our inclusive environment often inspires supporters to feel better connected to their community. Some of our most generous friends give a combination of time, financial contributions, and talent. Stacey Reibach has served…...

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Inflation-proof Impact

It’s hard to believe we’ve been experiencing record-high inflation for almost a year now. We thought the job losses that occurred throughout the pandemic would have the greatest impact on struggling families, but now we realize that the rising cost of food and fuel is putting an even greater strain…...

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Meet Tony

Our volunteers are the best! Many have been volunteering for years, and all of them make a huge difference in the lives of their neighbors. One of those volunteers is Tony Paolo, a mentor in SHIM’s Youth Mentoring program. Tony has been a mentor with SHIM’s Youth Mentoring program since…...

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The Pandemic Ended and the Economy Recovered, Right?

If only the pandemic repercussions had ended, and the economy had returned to a stable position. Instead, families are left struggling to keep up with record-high inflation. After two years of sustained need, attendance in SHIM programs has not waned. While we work hard to feed families, nurture children, and…...

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An Essay by Bookworm Global Ambassador Matthew Bordenstein, Junior at Upper St Clair High School

612,000. That is approximately the number of refugees who have come to America in the past ten years, seeking a better life. From Iraq all the way to Cuba, thousands of people search for help in America, but many have a significant problem facing them when they arrive, they cannot…...

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Nurturing Programs Help Children Thrive

SHIM youth programs are in high demand and often have wait lists. The families involved feel cared for and children feel nurtured. Recently, Ishtuti, who graduated from Home Visits and the Early Childhood Program (ECP), came back to see her teachers. She missed having home visits and constantly asked to…...

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Back to School Success

In August, SHIM hosted three Back to School distribution events and provided backpacks and school supplies to 1,550 South Hills K-12 students. We have never experienced such high numbers. Thanks to the support of generous donors in the community like you and CentiMark Corp, we were able to serve every…...

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Baldwin valedictorian credits South Hills Interfaith Movement with helping her navigate education, a new country

TribLive, Wednesday, July, 2022 Bethel Park Journal, Joanne Klimovich Harrop “Who you become is way more important than the work you do.” Those words were spoken by Kritika Timsina, valedictorian at Baldwin High School, at graduation in June. “The person you become is more impactful on the world,” Timsina said.…...

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Back to School Costs Up with Rising Inflation

It’s not long until kids go back to school, and South Hills parents are feeling stressed. With inflation hitting record highs, school supply costs have been rising. In the last year, food costs have risen over 10%, gas prices over 100% and utilities over 30%. Even clothes and shoes are…...

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Meet Diana, Early Childhood Program Lead Teacher

Early Childhood Program (ECP) lead teacher Diana is working to nurture young learners. With an intense focus on English language comprehension, Diana teaches three- and four-year-old students the skills they need to prepare for kindergarten. Diana faces this task with compassion and care. Because students are coming from non-English speaking…...

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