Our Mission

EECM changes the lives of people facing the impacts of poverty.

Our History

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 promote interfaith events. Throughout its 50 years, EECM has continued to respond to changing community needs through its programs and services.

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1970

Official incorporation East End Cooperative Ministry

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.

1985 

Bridge Housing, a one-year transitional housing program  for men, opens.

1987 

PennFree Housing program is founded.

1991 

Sojourner House* is created as an EECM program.

2000 

The William and Mildred Orr Compassionate Care Center becomes a program of EECM.

2007 

PHYSED (Points of Healthy Youth Sustainability Engagement and Development), an intervention program for extremely high-risk youth begins.

2003 

Safe Haven, permanent housing for men with mental challenges, 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.

2012 

Ground is broken for Community House.

2013 

EECM moves into Community House.

2015 

EECM WorkForce is formed, creating opportunities for those most often overlooked.

2017 

Launched EECM SewForward.

2018 

Recovery House opens.

2020

EECM celebrates 50 years of service to the community.

*Programs, developed by EECM, which have become successful independent organizations.

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pittsburgh, pa 15206

 East End Cooperative Ministry is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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