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Breachmenders Ministries

UNITED WAY #963

200 Robinson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-621-2530


MISSION

To provide decent, affordable housing, youth activities and employment training, and community development in partnership with the people of West Oakland and the Hill District neighborhoods of Pittsburgh as a demonstration of Christ's reconciling love.


CURRENT PROGRAMS


HISTORY

Founded on May 1, 1980, Breachmenders Ministries is an independent outgrowth of the Friendship Community Presbyterian Church in West Oakland, and strives to show Christ's love for all people in all it does. However, Breachmenders Ministries is non-sectarian, does not discriminate, and does not proselytize. The name comes from Isaiah 58, which calls those who share with the afflicted and help release the oppressed "Restorers of Streets to Dwell In, and Menders of the Breach."

In January 2001, New Beginnings Learning Center came under the auspices of Breachmenders Ministries as a result of a merger. The merger has strengthened the ability of Breachmenders Ministries to deliver academic programming and prepare young people in the community for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Over the twenty-two years of its existence, Breachmenders Ministries has developed an array of programs and services to benefit and empower our neighbors. These programs have taken a community whose housing stock was overwhelmingly aging and in disrepair, with the occupants too poor to pay for renovations, and transformed it into an increasingly attractive, owner-based community where pride and responsibility have overcome disillusionment and hopelessness. Our youth program has revitalized the community as well, providing outreach to school children through our after-school academic program and by allowing teens to expand their horizons through our mentored career exploration and employment program.


PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Experienced staff with backgrounds in community/housing development, carpentry, education, credit counseling and property management.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We offer suggestions to involve members of your church in volunteer positions at Breachmenders Ministries. Please give us a call if a member of your church is willing to make a commitment of a few hours each week to fill one of these positions on a volunteer basis.

Fundraising Event Planner - This person would be responsible for helping to plan at least one annual fundraising event.

Marketing and Media Relations Specialist - This person would help us produce the quarterly newsletter, brochures, advertisements, press releases, presentation materials and the website.

Volunteer Coordinator - This person would recruit and provide orientation for, as well as coordinate the schedules of volunteer workers. This person would help staff various volunteer days, when church groups and other organizations assist Breachmenders Ministries with housing renovation and home repair projects.

Receptionist and Office Assistant - This person would be responsible for some front office work, including answering the phones, greeting clients and visitors, routing mail, screening inquiries and helping process applications for the Labor Free Home Repair Program.

Database Manager - This person would help input and retrieve information and provide reports and tracking information related to various Breachmenders Ministries programs and operations.

Carpenter - This volunteer position would require a highly skilled journeyman carpenter to work in conjunction with our construction manager on Labor Free home repair projects for low-income homeowners and housing renovation projects.

Mentor - This person would act as mentor to youth enrolled in our School-to-Career Program. We have a special need for African American males to mentor young boys and teens in the community.

Creative Arts Instructor - This person would provide creative arts instruction during our after-school program.

Multi-Media Learning Center Grantwriting Consultant - This person with expertise in the area of computer multi-media arts education would help us prepare a grant proposal to expand our School-to-Career program at the learning center.


INFORMATIONAL PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

Program interpretations allow us to provide explanations of Christian oriented community development, low-income housing needs, and self-sufficiency programs to defeat poverty.


VISIT US ON THE WEB

www.breachmenders.org