Holidays are about family…..”No stress….Zone”

Tis the season…….for bills, debt and an amended 2014 law of Newton “What goes up must come down and When it rains………”. Everyone wants to discuss holiday cheer but the reality is not always cheerful. About 60% of African American families worry about making ends meet for and after the holidays. Rather you are a single mother of 2 or a co-parenting family of 6, society has a way of making this particular time of the year one we come to dread instead of celebrate.

Everyone at some point of time in their life needs some assistance without screaming out that you need help. I have been there and truly understand. If you or anyone you know is struggling this holiday season hopefully one of these centers can help:

Project Bundle-Up at the Chartiers Service Center

225 West Main Street

Carnegie, PA, 15106

Call the clothing closet at (412) 276-4757

Children from low income families can receive free winter outerwear items, coats, boots, and more. Items are offered for seniors too.


Pittsburgh Temple Service Center – Project Bundle-Up

Address: 1060 McNeilly Road is Pittsburgh, PA, 15226, phone (412) 207-2127

Or stop by the center at 104 East 9th Street, Homestead, PA, 15120, telephone (412) 461-2460.


Allegheny County Valley Association of Churches, Inc.

1913 Freeport Road

Natrona Heights, PA, 15065

(724) 226-0606

In addition to clothing has gasoline assistance, furniture, clothing, emergency food vouchers, travel assistance, help with rent, utilities and prescriptions.


NorthShore Community Alliance Carol’s Closet

Location is 1439 N. Franklin Street

Pittsburgh, PA, 15233

Telephone – (412) 322-7400

Clothing, shoes, toys, and free Christmas assistance is offered.


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

212 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222

Call (412) 456-6999

The program offered is known as Team HOPE Safety Net & Stability Services. A number of social services and counseling is offered, including credit, emergency financial aid, holiday gifts and more.


Salvation Army of Allegheny County

Salvation Army offers several social services to the needy and low income. Multiple locations are in the county and they offer everything from clothing to free Christmas assistance from resources such as Angel Tree. Some emergency financial assistance for bills, rent, and other basic needs are offered too. Seniors may get items delivered to their home.

6017 Broad St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15206, (412) 362-0891

300 Holland Avenue, Braddock, Pennsylvania, 15104, call telephone number is (412) 271-2407


Wilkinsburg Community Ministry – Holiday Assistance

Distributes holiday food bags to Wilkinsburg residents. Individuals and families can sign up for either Thanksgiving or Christmas, and the food is distributed prior to the Holiday.

702 Wood Street, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 412-241-8072


North Hills Community Outreach

1975 Ferguson Road

Allison Park, Pennsylvania, 15101-3235

Main phone number is 412-487-6316

They have many seasonal programs and solutions. The examples include vouchers to buy turkeys, free winter coats, toys at Christmas for low income children, and also Spring Share baskets. Referrals may be provided to other celebrations as well.


Jubilee Association Heinz Family Center

2005 Wyandotte Street

Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

Dial 412-261-0373

The agency will hold a Christmas dinner

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