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Pittsburgh Mercy presents the 12th Annual Reindeer Ball; proceeds to benefit Pittsburgh Mercy child and adolescent services
Sunday, December 6, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Downtown)
To purchase tickets, please click here.
Create a new holiday memory while supporting vital child and adolescent health and human services in our community. Pittsburgh Mercy's 12th Annual Reindeer Ball will be held Sunday, December 6, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Downtown). Proceeds from the evening benefit Pittsburgh Mercy child and adolescent services.
The Reindeer Ball offers a fabulous evening of fun for the whole family. Dressed in their holiday finest, children and families will mingle some of their favorite characters and storybook friends, including Bad Kitty, Curious George, and Pokey Little Puppy. RWS Productions, a New York City-based entertainment company, will perform a dazzling holiday revue. Food stations for both adults and children will provide a festive holiday meal. The whole family will ring in the season and enjoy an evening of playing, singing, and dancing.
Tickets are $50 per child and $100 per adult. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, please click here.
For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Connie Murray at 724.934.3537 or CMurray@pmhs.org.
Allegheny County DHS & Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net prepare Severe Weather Emergency Shelter for safety and well-being of people experiencing street homelessness
November 15, 2015 through March 15, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Please see below for important criteria for shelter activation.
Smithfield United Church of Christ, 620 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
This winter, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Community Services and Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net will again operate a Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) for the safety and well-being of people who are experiencing street homelessness. A men's shelter, located at the Smithfield United Church of Christ, 620 Smithfield Street, Downtown, and a women's shelter, located in Uptown, provide them with temporary overnight accommodations, professional social services, basic medical care, protection from frigid temperatures, and meals.
The shelter will operate from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., November 15, 2015 through March 15, 2016, when the temperature drops below 25 degrees Fahrenheit, or when dangerous winter weather exists or is predicted by the National Weather Service. To find our if the shelter is open on a given evening, call 412.779.1329. The pre-recorded message will be updated by noon each day. Note: This phone line is not staffed; therefore, messages should not be left at this number.
For more information about the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter, please visit our News & Publications page. To make a donation in support of the SWES, visit www.pmhs.org or contact Pittsburgh Mercy Development at 724.934.3537.
Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net hosts candlelight memorial service to remember people who died while homeless in 2015; annual public vigil coincides with winter solstice and longest night of the year
Monday, December 21, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Fort Pitt Boulevard at Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Downtown)
Operation Safety Net, Pittsburgh Mercy's award-winning, innovative medical and social service outreach program to the unsheltered homeless population in Allegheny County, will host an annual candlelight memorial service to remember people who died while homeless in 2015. In Allegheny County, five such individuals are known to have died while living on the streets this year. The memorial service will include brief remarks, a reading of the names, musical selections, and a prayer. The service is free. The general public is invited to attend along with Pittsburgh Mercy and Operation Safety Net leadership, physicians, nurses, care managers, social workers, volunteers, community partners, and others who are concerned about people who are experiencing homelessness.
Pittsburgh is among more than 150 U.S. cities to take part in National Homeless Persons Memorial Day observances on December 21. Each year, on the winter solstice and longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless and homeless service providers throughout the United States host public events to call attention to the plight of people who live on the streets. According to the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, the average age of death for a person experiencing homelessness is 50 years, compared to 78 years for a person who is not homeless.
Operation Safety Net, part of Pittsburgh Mercy and Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, has organized a public vigil in Pittsburgh every year since 1998.
Donations of new men's and women's hats, gloves, boots, and thermal underwear will be collected for distribution to people whom Operation Safety Net serves at the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter. Monetary donations in support of the shelter and Operation Safety Net's important work in the community are welcome at www.pmhs.org. When making a donation online, please designate the gift for Operation Safety Net.