2018: A Year of HOME BUILDING
2018 was a year in which God made a home for so many of the lives that touch the ministry. From volunteers and donors, to staff, interns and the homeless themselves, we were all brought together into deeper community by the transformational love and grace of God. In 2018 we made 10,585 face to face connections (our most ever!) with the homeless, and used those connections to influence our region for Christ. Take a look below to see all that God accomplished through us this past year:
13,440 pieces of fun-size candy were passed out to men as they awaited their meals each week. Through these weekly trivia games, relationships were built and many men responded to the Gospel as it was shared on the following day.
5 homeless shelters and drop-in centers were visited each week and 140 Bible Studies were held for homeless men throughout the year.
Men’s Ministry shared the Gospel to over 50 people weekly at various shelters and drop-in centers. 9 men gave their lives to Christ!
Our discipleship program Closer Walk saw 4 homeless men participate, each showing significant growth in their faith
Scott and Josh took men to several Pirates games, the Man Up conference, and a bowling trip this year.
2 homeless shelters were visited 29 times where over 200 homeless women were met.
Over 110 one-on-one meetings were held with women where they had an opportunity to be heard and loved.
After years of waiting, 2 homeless women were helped to get housing so they could move out of their shelters.
Dozens of homeless women were taken to church each week and 1 woman was baptized!
Terrie took women to several Pirates games, held a Valentine’s Party and a Fashion show, and organized a bowling trip this year.
790 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds served the ministry in 2018—giving over 3,433 hours of their time.
2,902 meals were served in local shelters and drop-in centers by volunteers this year.
70 people joined the ministry to run one of the Pittsburgh Marathon events. Altogether, the ministry raised over $23,000 from those runners.
11,500 pieces of mail were stuffed, labelled and sent out by volunteers.
16,820 pounds of trash were cleaned up from various homeless camps.
52 people participated in this year’s Stations of the Cross event where they not only heard the Gospel, but got a chance to experience God’s love in a tangible way—1 person committed themselves to following Christ after the event!
224 people attended this year’s Benefit Dinner in May.
60 people attended the ministry’s Pirates game and tailgate in August.
Over 60 people joined the ministry for our annual 4th of July party and candy eating contest. It was a great time celebrating our freedom as a nation and our freedom in Christ.
45 people attended the ministry’s Thanksgiving celebration. These people consisted of college students, major donors, volunteers, staff, and the homeless and formerly homeless.
The ministry’s staff were able to take a missions trip to Ashtabula, Ohio, where they served meals to homeless men and women, distributed clothing, and helped beautify several local non-profits.
The ministry was blessed with 11 staff and interns and 9 Board Members in 2018. Altogether, these folks gave over 10,665 hours of time to serving the homeless. A special thanks goes out to Jared, Terrie, Scott, Josh, Jennifer, Charles, Michelle U, Bethany, Michelle M, Katie, Sara, Bret, Meredith, Tara, Steve, Kenneth, John, Kelly, Alicia and Matt for their service.
Northside Homeless Alliance
39 men were provided shelter through a winter overflow pop-up shelter.
75 people attended the annual Memorial Day fishing trip and enjoyed a day of great food, fun, and fishing!
270 volunteers came together to put on ALIVE 2018. They served food and distributed clothing to over 300 people.
70 people attended the Finding Ways Home Conference where they learned practical ways to care for the homeless.
We celebrate that many of our friends found homes in 2018. Some, who had been in shelters and on the streets, moved into new apartments. A few of these friends include Mary Ellen, Eric, Terry, Mary, Darrell, Harry, Curtis, Craig, Andrew, Abdul and Leslie.
There were other people who found a new home with us. They came to be a part of our community through their increased giving and volunteering. They attended our events, ran with us, and even joined our monthly donor club. A few of these friends include Liz, Kenneth, Rich, Becky, Melinda, Jody, Laura, Wayne, and Rongfei.
We also celebrate 10 people who found new homes in the Lord. These were people who committed their lives to following Christ and walking in Him!
God is the ultimate homemaker! We intentionally spent 2018 building financial and structural capacity within the ministry in an effort to enhance our sustainability. While we ended the year with fewer staff, we had more volunteers serve within the ministry this year, and through our increasing influence and partnerships, we were actually able to serve MORE people than ever before! In 2019, we will be completing our strategic plan, and look forward to the long-term goals and priorities that will emerge from that process. We have been in deep discussions with new partners about the ideas of more intentional collaboration, and we eagerly anticipate the new people that God will bring our way. 2018 was a year of stabilization and 2019 will be a year of transition for us as we prepare for substantial growth and expansion in 2020. With that being said, will you partner with us today by making a special year end gift that will propel us toward an even more impactful future? Click the button to join our effort and may God bless you in 2019!