Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of 150 homeless men and women this winter? If so, then we have a great opportunity for you! On November 15th, Allegheny County’s Winter Emergency Shelters will open its doors for men and women. These shelters house about 150 men and women each night until March 15th. Because of the quality of our service this past winter, LIVING Ministry has been asked to serve more meals this upcoming year. Therefore, we are committing to serve on (6) Sundays from December 2nd to March 10th. It will take a lot of organizing, but we trust that this is an opportunity given to us by the Lord, and we want to take full advantage of it!
Like we have done in past years, we will be organizing soup for each dinner we are assigned. We will have individuals make a pot of a predetermined soup, and then they will drop off the soup and we combined all of the homemade soups into one large pot. Then other volunteers will help serve the soup directly at the men’s and women’s winter shelters. This year, we will have a rotation of (3) soups that we will use throughout the winter. On a particular week, we will ask that volunteers all make the same type of soup. They will then drop off the soup and we will combine them all together, heat them up, and take them down to the shelter.
Ways for Individuals to Get Involved:
Cook Soup – Look at the schedule below and make your own version of the soup for the given week. Make enough for about 10-15 people. Drop off your soup to LIVING Ministry the day before the meal is to be served OR bring your soup to Allegheny Center Alliance Church (250 East Ohio Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212) at 6:00pm on the specified Sunday night.
Make/Purchase Bread – Maybe you aren’t the cooking type. There is also a need for bread to go with each meal. You can drop off your bread to LIVING Ministry the day before the meal is to be served OR bring your bread to Allegheny Center Alliance Church (250 East Ohio Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212) at 6:00pm on the specified Sunday night.
Make/Purchase Desserts – Sweets are always welcomed at the shelters! You can show off your baking skills by making a dessert for our Sunday meals. Plan to make enough desserts for 15 hungry people. You can drop off your items to LIVING Ministry the day before the meal is to be served OR bring them to Allegheny Center Alliance Church (250 East Ohio Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212) at 6:00pm on the specified Sunday night.
Serve the Meal – Making soup is great, but we also need people to actually serve the soup each week. We will need at least 8 people each week to distribute the soup in the men’s and women’s shelters (5 in the men’s shelter and 3 in the women’s shelter). You will need to be available to meet at Allegheny Center Alliance Church (250 East Ohio Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212) at 6:00pm on the specified Sunday night and will be finished by about 8:15pm. Youth over the age of 10 are able to serve alongside their parents or guardians.
If you are interested in participating in one of our days, please complete the form below
Ways for Groups to Get Involved:
Special Group Days – If you have an entire group that would like to reserve a day or multiple days throughout the winter, your help is needed! This year, the Northside Homeless Alliance is organizing the calendar for meals, and the process to sign up for a specified date is very easy. Simply go to this link and complete the form with your group’s information. Heidi Allison from Community Human Services will confirm your dates on the calendar and Barb Webb will orient your group with all the details of what you can expect. If your group will be taking an entire night, you will be responsible for selecting your menu, and bringing the hot food directly to the shelter. You will also be responsible for serving the meal to the guests staying the night.
We appreciate your generous support in caring for the homeless this winter! Even a small thing like a bowl of soup, will go a long way in uncovering the hope of Jesus Christ! We look forward to working with you this winter.