South Hills Interfaith Ministries
South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) is an interfaith organization, actively extending God's love, with dignity and respect, to the people of the South Hills of Pittsburgh. SHIM is a non-profit, (501c3 Health and Human Services), interfaith organization supported by member congregations, community organizations, foundations, businesses and individuals.
SHIM's Value Statement
Serving the South Hills
Helping with Heart
Inspiring Interfaith Interaction
Making Mission Matter
SERVING THE SOUTH HILLS
SHIM is a non-profit health and human services organization operating within the South Hills area of Allegheny County.
HELPING WITH HEART
SHIM has a sympathetic and sensitive understanding of client and community needs. Our commitment is to provide the desired assistance with loving kindness and respect for the dignity, strengths and privacy needs of each individual.
INSPIRING INTERFAITH INTERACTION
One of SHIM's primary focus areas is that of increasing understanding, appreciation and respect for diverse faiths and cultures through educational opportunities and experiences for all ages.
MAKING MISSION MATTER
SHIM's mission is our central focus and the driving force in delivering our programs and services. As we extend God's love to our families, we provide meaningful volunteer opportunities that allow community members to put their faith into action.We also have services at a second location in the heart of Prospect Park.
Prospect Park Family Center
The Prospect Park Family Center was established in February 2007 through funding from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and oversight from South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM). Catholic Charities and Jewish Family and Children's Service began resettling refugees in Prospect Park over a decade ago. Since then there have been a large number of refugees resettled here including Bosnians, Meskhetian Turks, Iraqis, Afghanis, Burmese, Burundians, Bhutanese, Sudanese, and Congolese. Prospect Park has also become home to immigrant families.
Nestled in the South Hills of Pittsburgh in Whitehall Borough, Prospect Park is a large apartment community of about 1,200 units. Among the apartments sit the Prospect Park Family Center, the Early Childhood Education Program directed by SHIM and the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council which offers English as a Second Language classes.
The Prospect Park Family Center is free to all families living in Prospect Park and focuses primarily on families with children ages 0 – 5 years. All programs intend to provide needed services as families adjust to life in the United States. The programs also promote self sufficiency through education and enable children to excel in the local school system.
The PPFC is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with some evening and weekend activities.