SHIM (South Hills Interfaith Ministries) treats their clients with the utmost dignity and respect while providing basic human needs -- including food and clothing. The staff members are dedicated and passionate about their mission to help individuals and families in need.
I've been a volunteer at SHIM for about two years as an expediter for the Dollar Energy program, which helps families in need of assistance in paying their utility bills. This is just one small program in the myriad activities of SHIM, in helping those in poverty get back on their feet. The organization of efficiently run, no money is wasted, and the budget is balanced.
I have been volunteering at South Hills Interfaith Ministries for just three months, but I have been aware of their presence in the area for many years. Their help to many local people is well known, appreciated and most of all respected.
The staff is small but very effective. It is apparent that one of their greatest strengths is their cohesiveness. They stongly support each other, and can easily step up and help if there is a need. I look forward to being around them each week.
During the last couple of years I have heard various acquaintances mention volunteering at SHIM. They all seemed to enjoy the experience and felt welcomed in whatever capapcity they fulfilled.
I never heard any of them express the opinion that
they were considered "just a volunteer".
When I finally approached the organization to offer my time they were so friendly, yet professional. They were, and are, willing to let me find my niche.
I am happy to be involved with SHIM.
I have volunteered at SHIM for over 2 years and have seen impacts on people's lives. First of all, I have seen many more people helped by SHIM in this time; more people struggling in the community, and also increased numbers of refugee families. Providing food, clothing and energy assistance to individuals and families while they are in need is important, and is done cheerfully and respectfully by staff and volunteers. But I have also seen individuals make it "to the other side" of food security and a job, having used the emergency support of food and clothing to shore themselves up while they worked to escape day-to-day living. SHIM makes a big difference.
Now with a social worker at SHIM, it has become more of a bridge to help people move past emergency needs.
I could go on and on about the quality people and programs at SHIM, but will end with two other mentions. The Holocaust Rememberance each year is phenomenally moving and important to continue. and the preschool and family center for refugee families in Baldwin-Whitehall are vital to the integration of these fine individuals into American life. SHIM is a very valuable resource and organization in these difficult times.
SHIM (as South Hills Interfaith Ministries is commonly known) welcomes and treats clients in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh, with dignity and respect. The staff over the years interacts with volunteers and clients cheerfully and with kind enthusiasm, as I've observed during 6+ years of unscheduled visits to the office. During the 2010-11 winter coat drive, SHIM met all of the growing client base's needs, so it shared excess winterwear with other service agencies. SHIM's interfaith commitment is real, welcoming all churches, synagogues, religious and community organizations to lend a hand. SHIM feeds the spirit by organizing interfaith and Holocaust remembrance services, as well as feeding our South Hills neighbors, providing free clothing, school supplies and holiday gifts 'stores', and running nursery school and summer camp programs for low-income kids and recently resettled refugee families. Not only do SHIM staffers and friends alleviate hunger, SHIM empowers clients to choose their own groceries and helps them navigate utility assistance, etc.