EECM changes the lives of people facing the impacts of poverty.
East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) was founded in 1970 as a collective response to changes in the East End community, born when local faith communities recognized that the troubles of the community were too great for any one of them to address alone. EECM was initially envisioned to serve the young, the elderly, and the poor of the area, as well as to promote interfaith events. Throughout its 50 years, EECM has continued to respond to changing community needs through its many programs and services.
Official incorporation of East End Cooperative Ministry
Interracial breakfast for Peabody High School students, Meals on Wheels and tutoring programs begin
Junior League of Pittsburgh and EECM develops Vintage Senior Citizens Center.*
The East End Food-Coop* is created as an EECM program.
The Soup Kitchen, originally a support system to those alone or new to the area, is named “Souper Bowl.”
Summer Day Camp, a 5-week program for youth ages 5-16, begins.
The Food Pantry opens, providing emergency groceries to local families.
The Emergency Shelter opens in East Liberty Presbyterian Church.
The Drop-In Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church is created.
Bridge Housing, a one-year transitional housing program for men, opens.
PennFree Housing program is founded.
Sojourner House* is created as an EECM program.
The William and Mildred Orr Compassionate Care Center becomes a program of EECM.
PHYSED (Points of Healthy Youth Sustainability Engagement and Development), an intervention program for extremely high-risk youth begins.
Safe Haven, permanent housing for men with mental challenges, begins.
Families Achieving Independence Through Housing (F.A.I.T.H) formerly Dads House, serving homeless parents who have a disability and their children, begins.
Ground is broken for Community House.
EECM moves into Community House.
EECM WorkForce is formed, creating opportunities for those most often overlooked.
Launched EECM SewForward.
Recovery House opens.
EECM celebrates 50 years of service to the community.
*Programs, developed by EECM, which have become successful independent organizations.