Pittsburgh

ALIVE 2014

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ALIVE is only one month away which means one thing - it's time to sign up! There is a lot to look forward to at ALIVE, and one of the things we look forward to the most is YOU! One of the best parts of our year is seeing familiar faces at ALIVE, and it's just an added joy when you bring family and friends for the first time too. ALIVE is more about the relationships we build than the clothes we give away or the food we serve, and we are so excited to share these relationships with so many people who love serving the poor.

This year ALIVE will be held on

Saturday, November 22nd, from 8:30AM to 3:00PM

. Like the last few years, we are asking that all volunteers sign up online. You must sign up online to secure a volunteer spot at ALIVE 2014, so don't wait!

This year there is an option to choose the station you would like to serve at when you sign up. This is not mandatory but you are encouraged to choose a station so that we can be even more effective at breaking into our groups the morning of ALIVE.

As always, ALIVE is not limited to November 22nd. You can get involved by starting a clothing collection, coming to the clothing sorting, and of course by starting to pray for ALIVE even now. If would like to know more about how to do these things, please let us know!

Upcoming Street Outreach

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Our next Street Outreach will be Saturday, November 15th from 9AM-1:30PM. Join us as we hang out our friends who are staying under the bridges, on the streets, and in abandoned houses. All are welcome to attend this day of fellowship. Below are the details…

Where to go:

LIVING Ministry office – 2536 Maple Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15214. Don’t look for an office building – you won’t find one! We are actually a yellow brick house with blue doors, there is a garden right next door to us.

When to arrive:

9:00AM. We will finish around 1:30PM and will provide lunch.

What to bring:

Something to share with the homeless. We will be pooling everything that people bring along and sharing with one another so that we can all go out with a variety of things to give away. If you’re looking for some ideas consider these:

-heavy duty garbage bags
-socks
-underwear
-D and AAA batteries
-toiletries
-healthy individual snacks

-tents

Don’t be limited by these suggestions – if you have a great idea of how to bless the homeless go for it!

What to expect:

To have a good time! Just come ready to make some new friends and have an adventure and you will be set. It will be cold, so dress warmly with closed toed shoes that are able to traverse hills and rocky terrain.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, November 15th!

2014 Benefit Banquet Recap

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On Friday, May 30th, over 160 guests came to L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry’s 12th anniversary banquet at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory. The evening was celebrated with our silent auction, wonderful food, and a delightful mix of our ministry families, supporters, and homeless friends. The dinner featured inspiring testimonies, highlighted by Gregory Shields, a former graduate of our discipleship program, who shared about the hope that he has received and how his life is being transformed. Thanks to our dynamic MC, in less than two hours, guests were able to hear and see what God has been doing over the past 11 years and were encouraged to provide long-term support for the ministry. At the end of the event, the ministry was blessed to raise about $14,500, which will go far in helping us serve over half of Pittsburgh’s homeless population this year. Thanks goes out to all who participated in this year's events. Your donations and attendance was critical in making this event a success, and even more critical in the further transformation of Pittsburgh’s homeless men and women.

Below, you can check out all of our pictures from the event:

 

ALIVE 2013 Recap

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Last Saturday, November 23rd, L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry hosted its 11th annual festival for the homeless called ALIVE. This year's event was absolutely incredible. God was faithful as usual, and provided us with a clear, dry day full of fun, laughter, and joy in His Spirit. As usual, our volunteers were rock stars by helping make this event run as smoothly as possible. The food was delicious as always, and we had just the perfect amount of clothing. But the best part of the day was being able to celebrate our redeemed lives in Christ. When we are lost, Jesus reached out and saved us by being the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Highlights from this year's event:

230 volunteers, 555 homeless, almost 800 chicken pot pie lunches, 372 Eat N' Park cookies, 286 bags of warm winter clothes, free optical care, social services, a competitive chess tournament, dozens of people prayed for and many making commitments to Christ for the first time!

Below you can view all 700 pictures taken at the event. Many of them depict the joy in everyone's faces as they serve together and enjoy God's gift of abundant life. By faith, we believe that Jesus Christ died to give us a new life, and it was our privilege and blessing to share that with everyone who attended last Saturday. As you celebrate Thanksgiving this week, may the blessing of our life in Christ guide and sustain you!

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2013 Sleepout Recap

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Shock, awe, frustration, inspiration, bitter cold, compassion. These were all feelings that people from our Sleepout came away on Friday and Saturday, February 22nd and 23rd. Between the relay races, impactful testimonies, informative seminars, rock hard sleeping surface, and inspiring service projects, each participant was challenged and encouraged to spend themselves in behalf of the poor. One woman noted that she felt ‘mad’ throughout the night because she could remember being homeless and what how hard that life was. She vowed to make positive choices so she would never have to live like that again. Others were shocked at how much the homeless have to wait, and really connected with the sense of purposelessness that many of the homeless feel every day. Check out the pictures below to see what you missed! [nggallery Id=33]

ALIVE 2012 Recap

ALIVE 2012

On Saturday, November 17th, L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry hosted its 10th annual festival for the homeless called ALIVE. This year's event was absolutely incredible. God blessed us with amazing weather, passionate bands, powerful proclamations of God's Truth and more! As usual, our volunteers were rock stars by helping make this event run as smoothly as possible. The food was delicious as always, and we had just the perfect amount of clothing. But the best part of the day was being able to celebrate the new life that Christ died to give us. No longer are we slaves to sin, but we are freed to a new life. Let there be no mistake, God was honored at ALIVE 2012!

Highlights from this year's event are as follows:

Over 225 volunteers, 350 homeless, 700 chicken pot pie lunches, 504 Eat N' Park cookies, 235 bags of warm winter clothes, free optical care and health screenings, free cell phones, a bid whist tournament and art competition, dozens of people prayed for and many making commitments to Christ!

Every year we always say that that year's event was the best, and 2012 was no exception. This was a great way to celebrate our 10th ALIVE!

Below you can view all 449 pictures taken at the event. Many of them depict the joy in everyone's faces as they serve together and enjoy God's gift of life. By faith, we believe that Jesus Christ died to give us a new life, and it was our privilege and blessing to share that with everyone who attended on Saturday. As you celebrate Thanksgiving this week, may the blessing of our life in Christ guide and sustain you!

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ALIVE 2012

November 17th 2012

It’s fall again, and as is our custom, we are preparing for our next ALIVE celebration. For the past 10 years we have been throwing the best party for the homeless Pittsburgh has ever seen! To make this year’s celebration the best ever, we will need your help. Last year we had 250 volunteers. Praise God! This year we will need even more to do this great work. If you like to pass out clothes, prepare food, play board games, sing worship, or pray with people, then we have a place for you! Unfortunately all volunteer spots for ALIVE 2012 have been filled! We are no longer accepting volunteers for this year's event, if you have any questions about volunteering at ALIVE 2012 contact Jenna Burdette. Thank you to everyone who has signed up, we'll see you at ALIVE on Saturday!

Article From Northside Chronicle

This month, L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry was featured in The Northside Chronicle for the renovation of 2544 Maple Avenue.By Margaret Singer, The Northside Chronicle Thursday, July 21st, 2011

In 2006, L.I.V.I.N.G Ministry, like the people they serve, needed a home for its organization. In the past five years, they’ve renovated one house for the homeless and are currently working on a second house on Maple Avenue in Perry Hilltop.

L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless, began renovating its first house in 2006 because they lacked a headquarters to develop their discipleship program. The house they are currently renovating was purchased in 2009 and was once used as a drug house. It is right next door to their new headquarters.

“Someone would have given us a free house in East Liberty, but we found this one [on Maple Avenue] and we took it,” said Executive Director Charles Chapman..

Those close to the organization said the renovations were akin to the work of the faith-based group. They want to “build upon the old and see what it can be.”

When L.I.V.I.N.G. wanted to begin its renovations on their second house, they sent out emails, applied for state grants and received donations Within six weeks had raised $14,000 to fund the project.

The group hopes to finish all the restorations within a year or two. The first house took almost three years to complete.

Chapman said the ministry welcomes 700 volunteers coming from all across the country, who logged nearly 6,000 work hours last year.

Ultimately L.I.V.I.N.G. would like the new house to operate a five-day-a-week program where the homeless in the community could come and be activeby operating a small grocery store or a similar project.

The ministry interacts with 1,500 homeless people during the year and visits 10,000 people in city shelters.

With this project, Chapman said the ultimate goal is not only to transform the house from its decrepit state, but to transform the lives of its following through the renovations.

“Our theory, our motivation,” Chapman said, “is to transform the spirit of a person.”