There are many great non profits in Pittsburgh. This is not one of them. Upper management is disorganized and ineffective. There are major issues in how staff treat the teens they are supposed to be helping. DO NOT CONTRIBUTE to this organization. Your money will never be used to help a youth, but will be used to pay management’s wages.
As an occupational therapy student on a community-based fieldwork assignment at Ward Home, I have had a wonderful experience working with the staff and girls at the Wilkinsburg location for teen moms. The staff are incredibly enthusiastic, caring, and clearly have the girls' best interests at heart. It is amazing to witness, and they have been such good role models for me as a new therapist. Thank you for your important work!
I have only know about Ward Home for a little while but it is easy to say the work that they do it amazing! Not only is the staff friendly they are also so aware of how much their work actually helps the teens they work with. It is so good to see such a giving nonprofit that cares so deeply about what they are doing and who they are doing it for.
I have been a Ward Home fan and contributor for well over a decade and recently became more involved as a Board Member. I have always been impressed with the Ward Home mission to support foster teens to become thriving young adults. I believe wholeheartedly in this mission and have welcomed the opportunity to see up close how this organization achieves it's goals. Leadership and staff are truly dedicated to supporting foster teens to learn skills so they can emerge as independent adults and it is an honor to participate in this quality organization.
As a Board member, I continue to be impressed by the heartfelt dedication of our staff to improving the welfare of our teens. I am privileged to be part of this wonderful organization.
The commitment of ALL the staff to enhancing and enriching the lives and independence of our teens is to be admired.
As a new Board member I have found the staff to be skillful,highly committed, and caring. All of their actions and efforts focus on the teens and improving their welfare and outcomes.
The teens themselves are a dynamic group with a tremendous sense of resiliency. In conversations with them, they feel The Ward Home environment allows them to establish their sense of independence and move forward in pursuit of their life goals.
I was a board member for four years, and now am honored to serve as an advisory council member. I had a wonderful experience as a board member; this organization is filled with staff who care deeply about the youth they serve, and they do a great job. It is a privilege to be associated with this organization, and I cannot say enough good things about them.
I got involved with Ward Home when they supported two foster children in my parent's home. They care so deeply about youth and young adults, and they do a phenomenal job supporting these young people as they transition out of the foster care system and into adulthood. I am proud to be affiliated with this wonderful organization.
I've been volunteering with Ward Home for almost 2 years. I've helped with their fundraising events and done pro bono HR consulting for them working with staff, managers and HR. This is a group of very dedicated individuals who are making a real difference in the lives of their clients. They constantly strive to improve both their programs and themselves.
Phyllis Hartman, PGHR Consulting, Inc.
As an attorney with 20 years experience working in the child welfare system, I have seen up close and personal the good work that Ward Home is doing to prepare foster youth for a smooth transition into adulthood. I am also familiar with this nonprofit's board of directors and can attest that these directors work very hard to ensure that the program is financially sound.
My husband and I have donated to Ward Home for many years because -- as its name implies -- it serves as a home to children who who have little to no support system. Not only do Ward Home staff members teach young men and women practical living skills, including time and financial management, but also serve as "parents" who help to build and strengthen self esteem and offer encouragement and love.
My name is Richard DiBella. I am an attorney in the City of Pittsburgh and a past board member and chairman of the Ward Board. Too often in life, we forget that there are others struggling to find a way, and their way, because of life circumstances that they did not control. Ward Home is a refuge for youth, helping these young persons to find not only their way, but a way in life, in spite of the hardships and cards they were dealt as children. Ward Home is a very special place, a place with a heart and a home for so many.....
A few years ago, I became aware of the Ward Home and the support they give to foster teens. Within those few years it's wonderful to see Ward Home's programs continue to grow and their commitment to help these teens is undeniable the strongest I have seen. I look forward to reading the growing success stories and seeing more smiles being made on our teens faces.
For a project, I produced a video capturing the essence of Ward Home, Inc. When visiting for the first time, I spoke with both kids and alumni who were apart of this program. After hearing their stories, I could truly tell how each one of their lives’ were positively affected through being a part of this program. Whether they were learning how to cook, budgeting money, or just developing better relationships, the Ward Home truly made and continues to make a difference in these teenagers’ lives.
The Ward Home is an excellent example of a nonprofit that truly benefits the community of Pittsburgh. The nurturing environment that Ward Home creates is best described as a loving home for young adults to grow and achieve their dreams. The staff at Ward Home are people who care and really want the best for these young adults. The Ward Home is truly a gem of Pittsburgh and we are so lucky to have this nonprofit as part of our community.
Ward Home’s mission is to train at risk young adults in practical life skills in safe, nurturing environments in order to live independently as effective, contributing members of their community.
As board member, I have had the oportunity to hear many of the stories of these amazing young adults that have benefited from Ward Home’s program. They overcome many challenges and grow into successful, independent members of their communities. Furthermore, they become adults who give back to their communities.
Ward Home is a wonderful organization that is making a significant positive impact in the lives of our local at-risk foster teens. Through my volunteer work on the "Picture This" event I have enjoyed meeting some of the alumni from this program. It's inspiring to hear about their life successes which they in large part credit to the great staff and programs at Ward Home.
The Ward Home has been providing essential support and services to children of our community for decades. While my association with Ward Home as a board member hasn't been long, I can attest to the passion an dedication of the staff and leadership of the Ward Home. I'm proud to be associated with such a great group of people dedicated to bringing hope, support, and guidance to these children.