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East End Cooperative Ministry

Rating: 4 stars   2 reviews 1,815


250 N. Highland Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15206 USA


To build a community of opportunity in Pittsburgh''s East End.


Each of our programs and services provides much-needed assistance for individuals and families throughout the East End community, helping people through some of the most difficult times they’ll ever experience. Last year alone: - Our Soup Kitchen served 23,036 lunches. - Our Food Pantry provided an average of 435 households with emergency groceries and helpful information each month. - Meals on Wheels provided 20,580 meals to homebound and/or elderly individuals. - Our Men’s Emergency Shelter provided 10,833 nights of shelter to 473 men. - Bridge Housing served 20 homeless men making the transition from emergency shelters to independent living. - PennFree Housing served 36 adults who were recovering from substance abuse; 4 of these had children. - Safe Haven assisted nine chronically homeless, mentally ill men, providing housing and other support. - Our Orr Compassionate Care Center provided 80 men and women with non-medical respite care totaling 3,246 nights. - Kidz E-Fest festival was attended by approximately 1,100 community residents. - Summer Day Camp provided five weeks of fun activities and learning experiences for more than 200 active youngsters. - After-School Programs were attended by over 750 at-risk elementary, middle, and high school students. - Volunteers gave thousands of hours of their time, providing invaluable support to all of our programs.

Target demographics:

We reach out to the most vulnerable members of our community – the hungry, the homeless, the elderly and frail, and the at-risk children and youth.  We serve men, women, and children ranging in age from 5 years old to 90.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We serve more than 4,000 individuals each year.

Geographic areas served:

East End of Pittsburgh


Food Pantry -- providing groceries, household supplies and case management to more than 400 families each month. Soup Kitchen -- serving a hot noon meal to an average of 100 hungry people each week day.   Meals-on-Wheels -- delivering two home-cooked meals each day to approximately 85 elderly and/or homebound individuals.

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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I find it truly rewarding to be able to volunteer and get to know the people that I help when I volunteer 3 days a week. I volunteer with a dedicated group of people that thoroughly enjoy providing 2 meals per day to our homebound Meals on Wheels clients, a hot lunch for our Soup Kitchen patrons and emergency groceries for our Food Pantry guest.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to see EECM help the growing number of people in this unstable economy. The list of people needing some sort of help increases daily. Fortunately, the list of people willing to help grows as well.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know some of the clients, especially at The Soup Kitchen. When they smile at me and ask me how I am, it reaffirms that everyone can wake up everyday and try to make today the best day possible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and fun to work with. Even though you are volunteers, we all go in with the attitude that there is work to be done but have fun providing the help to others.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The diversity of programs and people that EECM reaches out to is inspiring. The programs they offer visibly impact the community. For instance, last year Meals on Wheels provided 25,239 meals to homebound and/or elderly individuals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Its programs

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Friendly, engaging staff...Extremely willing to involve themselves in projects occurring in the community

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Same as above

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build affordable housing and purchase advanced technology for the population they serve

Ways to make it better...

I knew exactly where the entrance was!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The unjust stigma of "homelessness"

One thing I'd also say is that...

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