East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) will continue to utilize ministry to end poverty and build opportunity in Pittsburgh’s enclaves of entrenched insufficiency and despair. During the past year, our 46th year, we’ve channeled the power of faith, compassion, and diligence to inspire a caring interfaith community to help
A year ago, budget stalemates in Washington D.C. and Harrisburg wreaked havoc on basic human services. Too many programs floundered or received funding too late to be effective. Too many schools and agencies that directly serve the poor were forced to close their doors, in some cases for good. The failure to disburse sorely needed funds to aid economically unstable Pennsylvanian’s and those obligated to help them, put millions of children, seniors, families, veterans and other struggling adults at risk of financial collapse, job loss, school failure, and worse.
EECM survived the past year because we received contributions of time and treasure from new friends and longtime supporters. Small volunteer groups, families, congregations, community organizations, and others, prepared, delivered, and served free meals to residents of our shelter facilities. We reached out to business partners and foundations to decrease our reliance on government support.
EECM’s 2016 Annual Report tells our story of constantly hurdling challenges while addressing the symptoms of poverty one person at a time. During the coming year, I humbly ask that you join me and all of EECM’s clients, staff, leadership, and supporters to continue building and celebrating our community of opportunity with wellness, peace and blessings for ourselves, our families, and our community.
Michael J. Mingrone
President & CEO