Welcome! Strength is hope united.

Hope from Home is Catholic Charities celebration of community achievement in Southwestern Pennsylvania and its most important annual fundraiser. Our goal is to raise $600,000 to help meet urgent need and foster long-term solutions to thousands of individuals and families who lack health, shelter and stability. In our opening week we've seen an outpouring of support, totaling $445,785 in contributions. With less than three weeks remaining, we still need to secure $154, 215 in order to reach our fundraising goal. Our neighbors need our help. Catholic Charities needs you. Please make a donation here today.

Please make a donation here today.

A Message of Hope

Marilyn Holmes and Lisa Coleman from Saint Michael the Archangel Parish's Ladies of Charity, share hope for those in search of basic needs, through their donation drives.

Basic Needs

For those with no place to go, the cold is a special kind of loneliness, numbing the body first and then the mind until it’s easy to believe you could never be valued again. After years struggling with addiction and time in prison, Cole recognized he needed to make a decision.

Was he going to come in from the cold? Or was he going to let the streets become his permanent address?

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Mission Story

For those with no place to go, the cold is a special kind of loneliness, numbing the body first and then the mind until it’s easy to believe you could never be valued again. After years struggling with addiction and time in prison, Cole recognized he needed to make a decision.

Was he going to come in from the cold? Or was he going to let the streets become his permanent address?

This past year, in partnership with Divine Mercy Parish, Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh hosted two daytime winter warming stations in response to increased numbers of street homeless who had no safe place to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Our teams maintained COVID-compliant safety protocols, served meals and offered winter wear for those who had none. Between December and March, the sites served more than 3,929 people.

The warming stations are just one of the ways we address basic needs in southwestern Pennsylvania. Basic needs are the main things people need in order to function in this world: safe shelter, ready access to food, functioning utilities and baby supplies, such as formula, diapers and clothes. In a recent six-month period, we’ve seen an 87 percent increase in direct assistance in a year-over-year comparison.

This past year, our main work has been to address urgent need. Our greater goal, however, is to translate those immediate needs into invitations to partner for long-term stability.

It took two weeks of daily visits for warmth and food for Cole to decide there was more to his life than simply surviving until the next day. He didn’t know how much was at stake, however, until he accepted an invitation to live at St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, Catholic Charities’ home for older men. There he would receive a private room, three daily meals, clean clothes and personal support as he worked to build himself back up.

But there was a snag. To stay, he needed proper identification. The good news was the information was safe with his family in New York. The bad news was they were estranged. He had not spoken to his mother in 30 years. There were others, too. How could he face his 30-year-old son? They hadn’t spoken in 25 years.

Catholic Charities bridged the gap and made communication possible. Today, Cole speaks with his family every day. He’s proud to know he’s a grandfather, and he’s moved in with his sister who has inspired him to enroll in barber school. A year from now, he intends to open his own business.

Relief, meals, companionship — we’re honored to help those with urgent need. And for those who are interested, no matter the weather — we stand ready to help them walk out of the cold permanently.

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Welcome to Hope from Home 2021

Welcome from Executive Leadership Team

Over the next month, we invite you to return here each week to find encouraging messages and celebrations of those doing incredible work in our region. We’re also here to say thank you … to you.

Welcome from Bishop Zubik

After a long, hard night, we are seeing the early-morning promise of a new day – thanks be to God, our Father. I’m calling on each one of us to join Catholic Charities in their vision that everyone has the right to shelter, stability and … Join them in extending hope.

Welcome from Susan Rauscher

For more than 110 years, friends and supporters of Catholic Charities have worked with us as we’ve met urgent need for thousands of individuals and families in southwestern Pennsylvania. Will you help keep us in the business of hope?


2021 Community Caritas Awards

2021 Community Caritas Award Recipient

Peoples, an Essential Utilities Company

Join us Friday, May 14 as Bishop Zubik and Catholic Charities honors Peoples, an Essential Utilities Company.

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2021 Community Caritas Award Recipient

Peoples, an Essential Utilities Company, has long demonstrated the power of hearts and minds united for the greater good. In addition to dedicated team members who work directly with customers who are having difficulties making payment for necessary natural gas service, they impress upon all team members the importance of listening carefully to local need and stepping forward with solutions.

It’s a culture of care and engagement that has made a difference in hundreds of communities Peoples serves.

Eat, Drink and Help is one way Peoples ensures that happens. That’s the name of their program that goes directly to local businesses in communities, asks what is most needed in that specific area and then makes a donation on customer purchases to help fund those causes. Cancer research, pet shelters, community arts and recreation are among the many areas that have benefited – and enriched communities and local partnerships in turn.

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2021 Community Caritas Award Recipient

Pirates Charities

Baseball fans the world over know the sport is more than a game – it’s an investment of heart. Since 2006, for the Pittsburgh Pirates, their fans and the communities in which they live together, Pirates Charities has shown what that investment can do. Although the team has always been deeply rooted in the region, it has narrowed its charitable activities to leverage its ability to build closer partnerships and realize long-term benefits.

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Pirates Charities

Baseball fans the world over know the sport is more than a game – it’s an investment of heart. Since 2006, for the Pittsburgh Pirates, their fans and the communities in which they live together, Pirates Charities has shown what that investment can do. Although the team has always been deeply rooted in the region, it has narrowed its charitable activities to leverage its ability to build closer partnerships and realize long-term benefits.

With an emphasis on youth health, fitness and education, Pirates Charities has made a public commitment to bring energy and resources for the betterment of local neighborhoods – and they’re inviting their partners to join them in that mission.

In recent years, that’s included providing opportunities for adults and youth with special needs to play baseball. It’s also meant improving baseball and softball facilities and fields in neighborhoods and communities. If you catch a glance at the team’s “Care-a-Van,” you’re likely seeing players, coaches, front office staff and community partners on their way to serve children and youth in their own neighborhoods.

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Award Recipients

Award Date

 
  Pirates Charities Friday, May 7  
  Peoples Natural Gas Co Friday, May 14  
  Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B. Friday, May 21  
 

Project Cares Leadership

  • Bill Demchak, PNC Financial Services
  • David Holmberg, Highmark Health
  • Jeffrey A. Romoff, UPMC
Friday, May 28  

 


Mission Stories & Messages of Hope

Week 2
Mission Story

Basic Needs

Mission Story - Basic Needs Photo.jpg

For those with no place to go, the cold is a special kind of loneliness, numbing the body first and then the mind until it’s easy to believe you could never be valued again. After years struggling with addiction and time in prison, Cole recognized he needed to make a decision.

Was he going to come in from the cold? Or was he going to let the streets become his permanent address?

Read More

Mission Story

For those with no place to go, the cold is a special kind of loneliness, numbing the body first and then the mind until it’s easy to believe you could never be valued again. After years struggling with addiction and time in prison, Cole recognized he needed to make a decision.

Was he going to come in from the cold? Or was he going to let the streets become his permanent address?

This past year, in partnership with Divine Mercy Parish, Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh hosted two daytime winter warming stations in response to increased numbers of street homeless who had no safe place to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Our teams maintained COVID-compliant safety protocols, served meals and offered winter wear for those who had none. Between December and March, the sites served more than 3,929 people.

The warming stations are just one of the ways we address basic needs in southwestern Pennsylvania. Basic needs are the main things people need in order to function in this world: safe shelter, ready access to food, functioning utilities and baby supplies, such as formula, diapers and clothes. In a recent six-month period, we’ve seen an 87 percent increase in direct assistance in a year-over-year comparison.

This past year, our main work has been to address urgent need. Our greater goal, however, is to translate those immediate needs into invitations to partner for long-term stability.

It took two weeks of daily visits for warmth and food for Cole to decide there was more to his life than simply surviving until the next day. He didn’t know how much was at stake, however, until he accepted an invitation to live at St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, Catholic Charities’ home for older men. There he would receive a private room, three daily meals, clean clothes and personal support as he worked to build himself back up.

But there was a snag. To stay, he needed proper identification. The good news was the information was safe with his family in New York. The bad news was they were estranged. He had not spoken to his mother in 30 years. There were others, too. How could he face his 30-year-old son? They hadn’t spoken in 25 years.

Catholic Charities bridged the gap and made communication possible. Today, Cole speaks with his family every day. He’s proud to know he’s a grandfather, and he’s moved in with his sister who has inspired him to enroll in barber school. A year from now, he intends to open his own business.

Relief, meals, companionship — we’re honored to help those with urgent need. And for those who are interested, no matter the weather — we stand ready to help them walk out of the cold permanently.

Message of Hope

Saint Michael the Archangel Parish's Ladies of Charity

Marilyn Holmes and Lisa Coleman from Saint Michael the Archangel Parish's Ladies of Charity, share hope for those in search of basic needs, through their donation drives.

Week 1
Mission Story

Free Health Care Center

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Family matriarch isn’t just a title of respect. For Regina, it’s an indication of how invested she is in others and how much time is her own. The truth is, it’s not much. Most days, she is scheduled beyond capacity. In addition to caring for her elderly mom and keeping house with her daughter and granddaughter, she runs her own small food business.

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Mission Story

Family matriarch isn’t just a title of respect. For Regina, it’s an indication of how invested she is in others and how much time is her own. The truth is, it’s not much. Most days, she is scheduled beyond capacity. In addition to caring for her elderly mom and keeping house with her daughter and granddaughter, she runs her own small food business.

One thing she most certainly did not have time for was Covid-19, which is exactly what she explained to our team at the Free Health Care Center.

Although she had called to complain of body aches, fever and a debilitating fatigue, she knew she could not afford to get sick. Her preference was for our team to reassure her that she was probably okay. However, with area Covid cases spiking, they couldn’t do that. Neither could they force her to take care of herself even as her pre-existing conditions threatened her health. Instead, they checked in with her daily to see how she was feeling and explain the risk of the coronavirus to herself and others.

As the work week drew to a close, there was little they could do but let her know they had called in standing orders for her to be tested when she was ready.

Many of us would admit that we don’t like to take the time to address our primary health needs. For many of our patients, who are uninsured or underinsured, they simply can’t afford to do so through traditional practices. Left unchecked, minor problems become big issues for many of our patients who then find themselves in emergency care. Our medical and dental team at the Free Health Clinic operate as a family practice, treating routine issues, identifying serious problems and creating treatment plans to restore health.

Our medical team left their offices on Friday concerned how Regina would face the weekend. As she began to struggle to breathe, she grew worried, too. That Saturday, she took the Covid test; her results were positive. She found herself hospitalized for the next 10 days with accompanying pneumonia and on supplemental oxygen.

She did not find herself alone, however. Every day, though texts and calls, the FHCC medical team took personal oversight of her care. Today, she prioritizes her physical health and is working closely with our staff to stay on top of chronic conditions. She knows if she invests a small amount of time upfront, she is less likely to lose much more later. 

Message of Hope

Margo Malone, ELC

Margo Malone, member of Catholic Charities Executive Leadership Committee, shares a message of hope through the hard work and dedication at the agency's Free Health Care Center.

Hope from Home Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Tom & Becky McGough

Pillar of Champion

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote PC

Peoples, an Essential Utilities Company

Pillar of Change

FedEx Ground

In Memory of John M. Foody, Sr.

Howard Hanna Real Estate

Victoria B. Kush, Shareholder, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney

Alina & Joe Massaro

Joe & Diana Rockey

Janice Savinis

Saint Vincent College/Archabbot Douglas Nowicki

Fund the Mission

Katherine D. Larsen, Wealth Management Advisor, The Larsen Group, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management 

In memory of Fred and Ruth Egler

Mary J. Donnelly Foundation

Colleen Darragh

Giant Eagle

Tom & Caroline Wentling

Becky & Tim Kcehowski

Scott & Sue Lammie

Felician Sisters of North America

Monica Null

Zimmer Kunz

Maureen lally-Green & Ross Green

Dan & Ruth Darragh

Mary Lou McLaughlin

Linda Burke

Cameron and Marie Milie Jones

Scalon ADR Services

Stacy Ellis

Orbital Engineering, Inc.

Joni Mangino & Joe Selep

Nancy B Foster

Precise Inc.

Duquesne University

Executive Leadership Team

Hope from Home Chairs

 

Tom & Becky McGough


Hope from Home Executive Leadership Team 2021

 

Mr. and Mrs. Steve & Pam Blanco

Mr. John Conti

Mrs. Susan Cruz

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel & Rachel Dippold

Mr. Fred Egler

Mr. and Mrs. Howard & Mary Anne Hanna, III

Ms. Rebekah Kcehowski

Mr. & Mrs. Jason & Victoria Kush

Mr. and Mrs. Scott & Sue Lammie

Mr. Paul Malone

Ms. Lynne Marchese

Ms. Marcia Martin

Mr. & Mrs. Joe & Alina Massaro, III

Mr. and Mrs. Chris & Molly McMahon

Mr. and Mrs. John P. & Cindy Meegan

Mr. & Mrs. Dan & Shelly Onorato

Mr. & Mrs. Mickey & Kaya Pohl

Mr. & Mrs. Joe & Diana Rockey

Mr. Kannu Sahni

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph & Joni Selep

Mr. and Mrs. James Stalder

Mr. and Mrs. W. Alan & Anna Torrance

Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Lydia Turzai