Health & Wellness

McAuley Ministries helps communities build gardens encouraging healthy eating and community socialization.
McAuley Ministries helps communities build gardens to encourage healthy eating, exercise, and community socialization.

McAuley Ministries supports initiatives that improve the overall health status of residents of the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland by meeting basic needs, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and providing community-based health care through innovative service delivery models. Priorities include:

  • Affordable and safe housing for low- and moderate-income families and special populations, including seniors, veterans, persons who are homeless, and persons with disabilities.
  • Support for organizations providing a safety net for basic needs (e.g., food, shelter, transportation, and access to health insurance).
  • Initiatives that help seniors to thrive and age in place.
  • Behavioral health initiatives that recognize and address the impact of community trauma.
  • Evidence-based initiatives that prevent and interrupt gun violence.
  • Support for Pittsburgh Mercy innovation that advances new models of health care for vulnerable populations.
  • Community gardens and play spaces that encourage healthy eating, exercise, and community socialization.

Stories of Hope

Thelma Lovette YMCA

Mr. K. wanted to bring his family to the Y, but he worried about being able to afford a membership and also about communicating with staff regarding his family’s economic situation. Mr. K. talked to the operations director and she gave him a tour, outlined his options, and was able to communicate with him in a way that made him feel comfortable enough to disclose his financial information. Mr. K. qualified for the McAuley subsidy and was able to sign up his family as members. They participate in the gardening program and swim in the pool together during open swim time.