Walk-In Ministry

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On a rotating basis, each Downtown Pittsburgh Ministerium church serves for one week at a time in addressing the needs of those who “walk-in” seeking assistance. The needs presented are many: emergency food, prescription medication, shelter, transportation to medical appointments or employment, aid in applying for all manner of governmentally supported social programs, eye glasses, etc.

In a typical week, the church on duty will see approximately 75 clients. Costs for the ministry beyond in-kind gifts are borne by each congregation with some small assistance from the Ministerium. Congregation members usually provide non-perishable food items and toiletries on a regular basis. The “walk-in” ministry of our downtown churches is the only such social service provided in downtown Pittsburgh.

The demands placed on the churches have increased in recent years. With cut-backs in governmental social programs, a greater and greater burden falls on the religious community.

The Downtown Pittsburgh Ministerium is grateful to generous individuals and a small number of organizations for their support of this social ministry. Gifts to the Ministerium are shared equally with the five congregations which provide the “walk in” ministry.

A client entering any participating church is referred to the church on duty that particular week.

Participating Churches:

SAINT MARY OF MERCY CATHOLIC PARISH

412-261-0110        202 Stanwix Street

Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ring doorbell for Parish office door on Stanwix Street

Emergency food and toiletries. Local bus tickets for verified job interviews or medical appointments. Referrals to appropriate social services. Clothing.

 

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

412-471-3436 320 Sixth Avenue

Monday – Friday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Accessible entrance off Oliver Avenue

Emergency food and toiletries, Local bus tickets for verified job interviews or medical appointments, Referrals to appropriate social services, Free lunch from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (only when on walk-in duty)

Fridays only: Fresh produce available

(10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

 

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL

412-232-6404        328 Sixth Avenue

Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Accessible entrance off Oliver Avenue

Emergency food and toiletries, Local bus tickets for a verified job interviews or medical appointments, Referrals to appropriate social services, Voter registration

 

 

SMITHFIELD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

412-281-1811 620 Smithfield Street

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Knock on the wooden, street level door on Smithfield Street

Official food pantry for downtown residents, Senior boxes for qualifying individuals, Referrals to appropriate social services

 

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH

412-471-8125 615 Grant Street

Monday – Friday, 9:30-11:00 am & 1:00-3:00 pm

Accessible entrance off Grant Street

Emergency food and toiletries, including frozen meat, Local bus tickets for verified job interviews or medical appointments, Referrals to appropriate social services