Pittsburgh, PA – EECM’s CEO & President Carole Bailey along with EECM’s Sewing Program Manager Hannah Moon joined in the June 6th celebration of the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the TRYP BY WYNDHAM located in the former Washington Education Center in Lawrenceville. The 108-room boutique hotel, which has deep neighborhood roots, was built into the former 150-year-old school building, which is perched at the base of Pittsburgh’s 40th Street Bridge, and has magnificent views of the city from its roof top restaurant Over Eden.
The TRYP BY WYNDHAM is Pittsburgh’s first art hotel and features art by over 30 local artists. EECM is proud to be a featured artist as it created the aprons for the hotel’s culinary staff. Amongst the programs and services that EECM provides, EECM helps people who have barriers to employment by providing them with training in the textile industry through its sewing program. Geoff Ballotti, President & CEO of WYNDHAM Hotels and Resorts, and Anthony Emanuelo, VP of TRYP Brand and International Operations, flew in for this special event and delivered remarks to invited guests, artists and the press. “The contributions that the new TRYP BY WYNDHAM brings to Lawrenceville and our great City of Pittsburgh are highly significant. EECM is delighted to be a part of this exciting destination that is reflective of Pittsburgh’s history, art and people,” said Carole Bailey, EECM’s President & CEO.
For nearly 50 years, East End Cooperative Ministry has been a community leader at the forefront of working to address issues impacting our area’s most at-risk, disadvantaged, and underserved populations; and implementing programs to help them become self-sufficient. From its inception, East End Cooperative Ministry was established through an interfaith coalition of 18 congregations to address the issues of food insecurity and those displaced and without shelter. Since then, we have expanded our outreach with additional programs that serve our area’s most at-risk, disadvantaged youth, and programs that support workforce development for both youth and adults. Today, we are proud to be considered an important community anchor not only in Pittsburgh’s East End, but throughout the city of Pittsburgh. We have been recognized for our service in meeting so many of the basic and fundamental needs of those impacted within our local communities and we have become deeply rooted in our mission and in service to meeting these ongoing needs moving forward.
Editor’s Note: EECM’s Sew Forward Manager Hannah Moon is featured in the above photos along with a Tryp Hotel staff member wearing the aprons that EECM created for the two restaurants, Brick Oven and Over Eden.