Throughout the year, National Name Badge makes monetary or name badge donations to various regional organizations. Each employee chooses an organization they would like to work with and is responsible for producing and delivering the badges or cash donation.
Located 20-minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, East Union Presbyterian Church directly serves people in real need, from housing homeless families through the Interfaith Hospitality Network to providing space and workers for the West Deer Food Bank to nurturing children through the Deer Lakes Nursery School, to welcoming mentally and physically-handicapped neighbors (and their caregivers) to worship every Sunday through our Faithful Followers service. We have active mission partnerships with churches in northern Haiti, Malawi, Africa and rural West Virginia.
Jeremiah’s Place, Pittsburgh’s only crisis nursery, provides emergency care for children ages 0-6 for a few hours or a few days based on the needs of the family. Our primary focus at Jeremiah’s place is to keep children safe and to provide a safe and supportive solution for families in need. Jeremiah’s Place is conveniently located in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh and is staffed by trauma informed caregivers and socials workers. All services provided by Jeremiah’s Place a free, available 24 hours a day, and most importantly, judgment free.
Deeply troubling national statistics have found that 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQIA+. Many traditional service providers cannot or will not provide physical and emotional safety, support and resources for their sexual and gender identities, and the encouragement they need to reach their full potential as independent, confident adults. Identity-based family rejection is the most common reason these youth become homeless. Even if their family is supportive, youth may face harassment and violence at school or in their neighborhood that's so severe that they would rather leave home than spend another day in fear. Once they leave home, youth are subject to all the indignities of being unstably housed, including devastating health and psychological consequences, hunger, and the disruption of their education.
CHS empowers individuals and families to live in stable housing, connect to community resources, build relationships, and access quality food. In 1970, the fabric of Pittsburgh's South Oakland neighborhood was changing rapidly, reflecting the greater changes of the city brought about by the collapse of the steel industry. Community Human Services began when a small group of community members pulled together $60 per month to rent a storefront in their neighborhood to provide their neighbors with a space to build relationships and feel connected. In this small communal place, the group incubated community programs and quickly realized success in effectively addressing issues of crime and deterioration in their neighborhood.