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PHYSED Inspires Growth in Our Youth Working with a group of high school boys to enhance their minds, bodies and souls is a huge challenge, but once you expose them to the importance of being a man, a leader, a father, and most importantly - a man with a purpose, they will rise and take ownership of themselves and their futures. In our PHYSED (Points of Healthy Sustainability, Engagement, and Development) Program, our goal is to inspire these young boys to become great men who can lead others to a more positive lifestyle. When we started working with these boys, they were at a place in their lives where they didn’t really care about education or themselves. In working with each of them, we discovered that no one has ever challenged these boys to really evaluate themselves. During the time we spent as a group, our staff helped these young men to identify some of the main issues in their lives that were keeping them from excelling in school and in their personal lives. After discussing those issues, we started to peel back layers. As mentors, we really had to teach them about self-awareness and motivation. As time went on, the boys started to make plans and create goals for themselves both in and out of school. While it is an on-going process, they are beginning to make changes in order to take more responsibility for their actions. Two of the main goals we had for all the boys in this program were to bring their grades up and to improve their behavior. By working on discipline and self motivation, these young men have transformed into better students. They really made improvements in the classroom - first by bringing up their grades, and then by improving their behavior. It was encouraging hearing from the teachers how much EECM’s presence in the schools is appreciated. As mentors and leaders, we are so proud and excited for these young men as they have shown great leadership and a new self awareness to make needed changes in their lives - to become better.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving Praise the Lord, Thank You Jesus What He has done for me, He can and will do for you. As I stand here an old man, I wonder where my life has gone. I know I wasted so much of my life doing drugs and alcohol and being involved in crime and such. What did that get me - a life of losing everything? I went from riches to shame. A life of doing the right thing then becomes years in prison and ending up on the street with nothing, living a life of homelessness and being ashamed of where I have ended up I have not let my family know anything about where my life has ended up. I put myself here and God and I will dig myself out of this hole. I make new friends and they help me out a lot. EECM gives me the best look and life. They give me a place to call home. Also they give me a training job in the field I love to help me out. Now I am headed back to the job and the world. Thank you Jesus, I love you. --W.C. (‘Kentuky’) Helton Kentucky is a resident of our Safe Haven house and a participant in our Work Therapy program. He was recently promoted to Peer Supervisor in Environmental Services! He is also a regular volunteer in the Soup Kitchen.

EECM would like to thank our corporate partners: Penn Circle Partners Penn Partners

Highland Ave. Partners Mistick Construction ~ Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Equitable Gas Company, LLC ~ P&G Pamela’s Diner Centre Ave. Partner Gateway Health ~ Levin Furniture Baum Blvd. Partners Bognar & Company ~ C.S. McKee, LP ~ Target Corporation ~ Private Wealth Advisors, Inc. Eat n’ Park Hospitality Group ~Trust-Franklin Press Co. ~ William Penn Tavern

Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day! On May 1st, 52 middle and high school youth got a chance to learn more about their career options by shadowing local professionals. ‘Take Our Sons and Daughters To Work Day’ is always an intriguing experience. Thanks to some great volunteers, our students were able to spend the day learning about a variety of professions - ranging from an EMT ride-along to an introduction to cartooning from a local graphic designer. Three of our middle school students had the opportunity to digitally create their very own superheroes using state of the art graphic design software! The smiles on their faces as they showed off their design to the rest of the students, mentors, and EECM staff at our end-of-the-day banquet were memorable The impact of this day on our students’ lives can be huge. Our youth often face overwhelming challenges in their daily lives. Family struggles, generational poverty, and ongoing community violence can lead our youth to feel apathetic about their futures. By spending just one day shadowing a positive adult role model who is engaged in an interesting career field, our students’ imaginations are sparked and their passions are kindled. They return to our programs with renewed eagerness to finish high school, pursue higher education, and make a difference in their community. With this one day, the foundation for potential careers has been made or changed. It cannot be denied that this is an invaluable experience for our youth!

EECM is Growing! This spring we started building our ‘garden of hope’ that will provide unique opportunities for our clients, and offer a new way for members of our community to connect. Evidence says that an important part of working toward self-sufficiency is visualizing a better tomorrow. Planting a seed, tending to the plant, and watching it grow can be powerful in developing a sense of hope, and is a way to practice working toward a goal. In addition to the emotional and spiritual benefits of gardening, we hope our garden will help our clients and neighbors have better health - from hard work, fresh air, and of course, fresh vegetables! We are planning to host guest speakers to discuss good nutrition and healthy cooking. We can also use some of the vegetables to provide the community with healthier options in our Community Kitchen. There will be benches around the garden to offer a place for our neighbors to gather, socialize, read a book, or just enjoy our little piece of nature. This community garden is growing, thanks to help and support from lots of friends! We started with funding from the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (now Neighborhood Allies). In March, University of Pittsburgh students spent their annual Day of Service helping us plant some seedlings in the greenhouse space on the second floor of Community House. Then, we received a Love Your Block grant from the City which helped us even more! We hosted Pittsburgh Cares Mayor’s Day of Service on April 1st and between those AmeriCorps volunteers and our Work Therapy crew, we built our raised beds in the green space next to our parking lot! The winter was so cold that we’re a bit behind in planting, but now that we’ve had some sunshine and warmer days, keep any eye out for veggies, flowers, and other green things growing at EECM!

Mark Your Calendar!

Sousa Palooza!

Looking for an amazing way to spend an evening and help your neighbors in need? Purchase a chance to win the dinner party of a lifetime!

Community Garden Work Days June 14, 2014 July 19, 2014 Aug 16, 2014 Sept 6, 2014 For information, contact Pam (

If you are holding the lucky ticket, local chef Kevin Sousa will create an innovative dining experience for 44 guests. It will be your special evening! The winner of this event will help Kevin select a delicious menu, featuring local seasonal ingredients, for your meal along with wine and beer!

Saturday, September 20, 2014 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Community House Stay tuned for more details! After 18 years of dedicated service, EECM Executive Director, Myrna Zelenitz will retire, effective June 30. The Board of Directors and Staff thank Myrna for her dedication and service to the East End for so many years, and wish her all the best! We invite you all to a Retirement Open House Sunday, June 22, 1:30 - 3:30pm Community House. Please stop in for a visit!

In honor of our 44th anniversary, only 440 tickets are available for $100 each Proceeds will benefit EECM’s I.M.P.A.C.T.S. Programs, including housing and education/employment programs.

Here are the rules: Purchase a ticket: • Online at • Send a check (with Sousa Palooza in the memo) to EECM at 6140 Station Street, Pittsburgh, 15206 • Call our offices – 412-361-5549 Your name and phone number will go on a ticket stub and dropped in our giant glass jar. We will draw the winner on June 30, 2014.

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What has EECM been up to?!

On May 9, Aspen Dental’s ‘Mouth Mobile’ made a stop at Community House to give dental exams to our community.

150 friends and neighbors came to our ‘housewarming party’ for A Flavor of the East End on April 26.

Thanks to all of our storage space at Community House, we can give each of our Food Pantry families 30 items, a huge increase from the 16-18 items we could give before the move!

Since January, 43 people have participated in our Education & Employment programs and 10 have found jobs!

Our youth got a brand new game room, thanks to some great fundraising work by a group of volunteers!

How Can YOU Build Opportunity in the East End? Every month, EECM needs more than 400 volunteers to make everything run smoothly! There is a job for nearly everyone and anyone willing to help! How can you get involved? I.M.P.A.C.T.S. Programs Education: GED Preparation Computer Skills Urban Garden One on One Tutoring in Reading and Math Art Therapy

Employment: Resume/Cover Letter writing Networking, Job searching on the internet Interview Skills Overseeing Community Connection Center

Hunger Programs Shelter Meal Providers - provide breakfast, lunch or dinner for the residents at Community House. Food Pantry: Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 11:15am, and 1:00pm – 3:00pm Community Kitchen: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 12:30pm Children & Youth Programs ExraOrdinary Tutoring - tutors for any subject, grades K- 12th grade (Tuesday – Thursday afternoons) If you are interested in any of these opportunities, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Tracy Hudson at or 412-361-5549 x7124.

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Food Pantry “Food of the Month”

May - Rice June - Hamburger Helper July - Macaroni & Cheese August - Tuna Each month, we make a special appeal for a particular food pantry staple; however, donations of all non-perishable foods are always welcome!

Thanks to all who made our 8th Annual A Flavor of the East End another great success!

We had 150 friends in our new home, listened to some great jams from the Afro-American Music Institute, enjoyed lots of flavorful fare from some great East End restaurants; And raised more than $67,000 for EECM’s programs

Plan WAY Ahead

2015 A Flavor of the East End Saturday, May 16, 2015 Community House Board of Directors: Carla Frost- President, Stuart Miller-Vice-President, Fran Steger-Treasurer, Steven Reinsel, Esq.-Secretary, Jonathan Sewall-President Council of Congregations, Eric Davis, Esq., Florence Johnson, Abass Kamara, Elliott Oshry, Emily J. Rosenthal, DeWayne W. Tuthill, Myrna Zelenitz, CPA-Executive Director

Spring 2014 Newsletter  

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