EECM: Creating a Community of Opportunity in Pittsburgh
East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) was founded in 1970 as a collective response to changes in the community, born when the leaders of 18 local faith communities recognized that the troubles of the community were too great for any one of them to address alone. Starting with interracial breakfasts for Peabody High School students, EECM’s services have expanded as the needs of the community have dictated.
For many of the individuals it serves, EECM provides the necessities of life: a hot meal, a safe, place to sleep, food for the family. For others, it is a place to regain strength after a hospital stay, a support system to work toward recovery, or one-on-one help to change life for the better.
For young people, EECM is educational programs, drug and alcohol prevention programs, violence prevention programs, Summer Day Camp, and a concerted effort to show our children a better future.
1971 Interracial breakfast for Peabody High School students, Meals on Wheels and tutoring programs begin.
1972 Junior League of Pittsburgh and EECM develops Vintage Senior Citizens Center.*
1975 The East End Food-Coop* is created as an EECM program.
1976 The Soup Kitchen, originally a support system to those alone or new to the area, is named “Souper Bowl.”
1981 Summer Day Camp, a 5-week program for youth ages 5-16, begins.
1982 The Food Pantry opens, providing emergency groceries to local families.
1983 The Emergency Shelter opens in East Liberty Presbyterian Church.
1984 The Drop-In Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church is created.
1985Bridge Housing, a one-year transitional housing program for men, opens.
1991Sojourner House* is created as an EECM program.
2000The William and Mildred Orr Compassionate Care Center becomes a program of EECM.
2003 Safe Haven, permanent housing for men with mental challenges, begins.
2007 PHYSED (Points of Healthy Youth Sustainability Engagement and Development), an intervention program for extremely high-risk youth begins.
2010 Families Achieving Independence Through Housing (F.A.I.T.H) formerly Dads House, serving homeless parents who have a disability and their children, begins.
2012Ground is broken for Community House.
2013 EECM moves into Community House, Housing Services is renamed I.M.P.A.C.T.S, and Work Therapy Program begins. 2015 EECM WorkForce is formed, creating opportunities for those most often overlooked.
*Programs, developed by EECM, which have become successful independent organizations. #CreatingACommunityofOpportunityinPittsburgh