We provide support to community-based programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania sponsored by or associated with the Sisters of Mercy. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of these programs to increase their effectiveness and sustainability, and to support innovative projects that will enhance their impact on the community. Grants to legacy programs may include:
- General operating support for organizations that demonstrate the capacity to produce outcomes for residents and the community.
- Leadership development and growing the next generation of leaders.
- Strategic planning and program-specific planning to accelerate innovation.
- Limited capital funding for facilities and technology linked to programming and operational improvements.
Stories of Hope
Operation Safety Net
D. was living on the street in the North Side areas for over 6 months. He came to Operation Safety Net (OSN) to seek case management services and was able to move into his own apartment in Hazelwood. OSN was able to provide him with a new bed, household items, and gift cards for food. D. found employment at a restaurant and is thriving in his new unit. He feels he would have lost his job and returned to drug use if he had not received services from OSN; he frequently expresses his gratitude to his case manager.
M. has been living on the streets for eight years. His chronic drinking had prevented him from finding a job or housing. He was seen on the Mobile Medical Unit for an infection and began working with a case manager. M. is now receiving services at the Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center and has moved into housing.
“Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net® is an innovative, award-winning medical and social service outreach program for persons who are experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.”