Pittsburgh, Pa. (Dec. 7, 2016) – As the South Hills continues to grow and change, so does South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM). SHIM is pleased to announce several staff changes and promotions at both SHIM’s Prospect Park Family Center and Bethel Park locations in order to adapt to the increased and diverse needs of the community.
“In order to continue to serve our neighbors, it is critical that SHIM stays on top of the community’s ever-changing needs,” Jim Guffey, executive director, SHIM said. “By realigning our staff and shifting and adding responsibilities, we will be able to help more community members with new programming, improved services and more.”
Just under one year ago, SHIM announced a new name, logo, website and growth strategy, including plans for 2016 to adapt to the increasing need among South Hills residents. Since this announcement, SHIM has welcomed 100 new families in need to its food pantry and served over 2,500 people.
At SHIM’s Prospect Park Family Center and Bethel Park location, several staff members have taken on new and different responsibilities and titles, including:
- Molly Patterson was promoted to Senior Operations Coordinator and is responsible for assisting individuals and families inquiring about services at SHIM, coordinating the food pantry, clothing, back-to-school and winter coat distributions.
- Loredana Marinescu was promoted to Lead Family Development Specialist (LFDS) and is responsible for providing direct service to families who have children under the age of five. She will help families who are dealing with difficult life events and help them set personal goals. Direct service provided by the LFDS includes home-visits, goal-planning, advocacy and referrals to link the family with outside services.
- Casey Rich has assumed the position of Assistant Family Center Director and will manage the staff, programs, and activities at the Prospect Park Family Center including the home visiting and community support programs.
- Seth Dubin has been hired as SHIM’s Development Manager and will manage the development and implementation of key effective fundraising, donor relations and marketing programs to ensure both immediate and sustainable funding.
For nearly 50 years, SHIM has worked alongside the South Hills community to serve its residents in need. “We are excited for our staff to assume their new roles and begin working with the community,” Guffey said. “With the help from our staff, neighbors and supporters, we are working to help the South Hills become a stronger, healthier community in which people of all backgrounds can thrive.”
South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) is a human services organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in need across the South Hills. This includes working to reduce the devastating effects of suburban poverty among the working poor, unemployed, families, single parents, senior citizens, women, and the high concentration of refugee families in its service area. SHIM works to identify the most critical needs across the South Hills, then develops and implements effective solutions. SHIM aims to empower individuals and families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency by offering short-term help with basic needs (food, clothing, utilities) and longer-term support (employment, financial planning, youth programs, family support) to help people build and sustain promising futures.
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