Stories

From Mongolia to Pittsburgh: Bringing English language skills to children in need

With a wealth of worldwide experience teaching children, SHIM is proud to introduce Diana Hunsberger, the lead teacher in our Early Childhood Program (ECP), which prepares local three- and four-year-olds for kindergarten by utilizing a dynamic curriculum that engages and inspires all of the kids, especially those from international families…...

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A “Taste of Home” Grows in SHIM’s Gardens

Here at SHIM’s community gardens, we don’t just grow produce for families in need, we grow the exotic ingredients that enable refugee families to make their favorite meals. Check out the recipe below, shared by South Hills neighbor and Whitehall Peace & Community garden manager, Beena Bista. Bitter Gourd Curry…...

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Back in the classroom

While most learning happens in the classroom, what happens outside of the classroom can be just as important. Here at SHIM, our After School Program partners community volunteers with local kindergarten through fifth grade students to help them complete their homework, enjoy a snack and spend quality time together. LuAnne…...

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Growing with SHIM: St. Louise Community Garden

As the Sunday evening sun shines away along McMurray Road in Upper St. Clair, the parishioners of St. Louise de Marillac are busy harvesting brightly colored vegetables for their South Hills neighbors in need. A member of the church’s Catholic Men’s Fellowship (CMF), Andy Hays holds this work very close…...

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Young philanthropists step up to sack hunger

Still new to Upper St. Clair after their recent move from Michigan, Jackson and Alex VanHoorelbeke, 15-year-old twins, admit they don’t know much about the South Hills. But after learning about the many people throughout our community struggling to put food on the table, they stepped up to make a…...

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