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, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm

Ring doorbell for Parish office door on Stanwix Street

Emergency food and toiletries Local bus tickets for verified job interviews or medical appointments

 

 

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