IMPACTS: Individuals Making Progress and Change
Toward Self-Sufficiency

“EECM did more than help me find a place to stay. They helped me turn my life around.”
-Andrew, former resident of PennFree Housing

The IMPACTS. Program encompasses all of EECM’s services designed to help individuals move toward self-sufficiency, including our educational, employment, and residential programs. Our case managers and volunteers help individuals break the cycle of addiction, poverty and homelessness by giving them access to the resources they need to achieve their goals.

Education and employment are paramount to becoming self-sufficient. Our education and employment programs help individuals- both those staying in our housing and from the community at large- overcome their barriers, identify the many gifts and talents they have to offer an employer and be prepared to highlight those qualities on their resumes and in an interview.

WORK THERAPY offers individuals the opportunity gain both hard and soft job skills. The goal of work therapy is to create an environment where one can overcome their personal barriers to learn, grow and move towards a level of self-sufficiency that permits living as a contributing member to the community. Employment leads to improved self-esteem, hope, and relationships and correlates with decreased illegal activity, physical problems, and homelessness.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS CENTER (CCC) is open from 8:30-4:30 daily for individuals who are in our program as well as for individuals in the community as long as they are working on a goal moving them towards self sufficiency.  The CCC is also open from 2-4 pm to provide a place for individuals to come in and socialize with others and to get out of the elements if necessary.  We have both staff and volunteers available to help people do housing and employment searches, learn how to operate a computer, locate resources, place phone calls, obtain a community voicemail, set up an email account, etc.

Please contact Jamie at 412-345-7135 for more details about our Education and Employment services, including enrollment in any of our classes such as GED preparation, basic computer skills, and financial literacy.

EMERGENCY SHELTER provides a refuge for the night, case management, breakfast and dinner, and a shower and laundry services for men and women older than 18. Individuals can stay in the Emergency Shelter for up to 60 days. Clients may work on goals to focus on finding more suitable housing. Contact Bret at 412-345-7158 or Allegheny Link at 1-866-730-2368.

SHORT-STAY PROGRAM offers transitional housing for up to 6 months for men and women. Our case managers work with participants to develop a plan for moving toward self-sufficiency. Learn More. Contact Twan at 412-362-3550.

BRIDGE HOUSING* is a one-year residential program for men who are transitioning from short-term sheltering to independent living. The program includes one-on-one and group counseling, and case management. To learn more. Contact Bret at 412-345-7158.

FAITH (Families Achieving Independence Through Housing) is a scattered-site permanent supportive housing program for families who have a family member with a physical or mental disability. Our case managers work with participants to develop a plan for moving towards self-sufficiency. To learn more, contact Laila at 412-345-7164.

PENNFREE HOUSING* provides individual or group counseling, case management and rent support for men and women who are recovering from drug/alcohol addiction. To learn more, call Pamela at 412-345-7162.

SAFE HAVEN / SAFE HAVEN ACCESSIBLE* offers permanent housing and support for ten chronically homeless men who have mental health problems. Two of the residences are accessible to, and meant specifically for, men who also have a physical disability. Residents enjoy a stable environment where they can work toward a new and better lifestyle. To learn more, call Dan Hawkins at 412-345-0028.

ORR COMPASSIONATE CARE CENTER* The William and Mildred Orr Compassionate Care Center provides 24-hour shelter and non-medical respite care for adults who are unable to return to their prior housing situation, and are in need of a supportive place to recuperate after being discharged from the hospital. To learn more, contact Twan at 412-362-3550.

“There were many things I needed after my operation, and no one I had to turn to. I had nowhere to go. Thank goodness for the Orr Center.” -Henry T., former guest

*Requires a referral from a counselor or case manager