IMPACTS: Individuals Making Progress and Change Toward Self-Sufficiency


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.

Housing Programs:

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 Kellie at 412-345-7131 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 412-345-7134.

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 Kellie at 412-345-7131.

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.

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 412-345-7134. *Requires a referral from a counselor or case manager

Sew Forward:

EECM is excited to announce a new opportunity for youth and adults to receive multi-faceted support: Sew Forward, a career development collaboration started in conjunction with RK Mellon, the Pittsburgh Opera, and Bridgeway Capital. This project launched February 2017, providing technical education, access to professional machines, jobs, entrepreneurship training, and more, for exploring careers in the employment-diverse fields of sewing, tailoring and fashion design. With the help and grant from RK Mellon, we were able to get Sew Forward off the ground.

EECM has built-out and equipped production and training space for a sewing suite set to industry standards. The program will train participants in fundamentals, costuming, and design. In addition, we will help them grow educationally, teach soft skills, show them how to start a business, use the Etsy curriculum, and provide resources for them to fulfill an order or hold a job, once they gain proficiency. Learn more here:


“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, former guest

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


EECM: Creating a community of opportunity in Pittsburgh.