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The YWCA Resource Center is here for you during these challenging times.

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At YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, we work every day to support the most vulnerable in our communities, and to serve the women and people of color who are most impacted by COVID-19 and its socioeconomic effects.

In these unpredictable times, we are working to act immediately in response to community need. Here are some of our new services and stories.

Food Pantry Delivery

YWCA is part of a collaborative of organizations providing food pantry delivery to people who cannot leave their homes – including seniors and people with compromised immune systems, mobility struggles, and viral symptoms. If you need food and are unable to visit a food pantry, please call 211 or visit www.pa211sw.org.

Keshia called United Way 2-1-1 in desperation: blind and struggling with several medical conditions, she had no family to support her and was unable to leave her apartment. Keshia's home health aide had suddenly stopped visiting. The Director of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's Resource Center responded immediately. She bought two weeks worth of groceries and delivered them straight to Keshia, and ensured she was comfortable and could get what she needed. Keshia was astounded by the rapidness and kindness of the response to her call for help - she knows she can rely on YWCA and 2-1-1 to be there for her.
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Financial Assistance & Housing Support

When businesses started closing, the number of phone calls our staff take from neighbors who are struggling leapt up to 430 during the month of April – all from people who had recently lost their jobs in the crisis. And we have been able to help every one of them with the assistance of Emergency Basic Needs Funding and support from the Urban Redevelopment Authority and United Way. Martha (name changed for privacy) is one of our satisfied customers:

Martha and her husband own a small business that usually brings in a decent income. Until the COVID emergency, it allowed them to buy health insurance – which Martha needs to cover the cost of medications for a chronic health issue. But they haven’t been able to run their business for over a month, and although Martha has been able to pay many of their bills, she couldn’t cover self-pay health insurance. On top of that, Martha’s condition puts her at great risk of becoming very ill if she was is exposed to COVID-19. When she called 211, Martha was afraid she would have to make an awful choice between health care for herself and food for her family. She was referred to YWCA, and we were able to pay not only her health insurance, but also her electric and gas bills. Martha was so relieved that she could rely on us – and that even in quarantine she didn’t have to feel alone.

Allegheny County is one of the counties that have moved to code “yellow” as of May 15th. Following Governor Wolf’s directive, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s operations remain largely remote. Our Early Child Development Center, with locations at our Homewood-Brushton Center and Propel Braddock Hills is now open. YWCA’s staff is working remotely to continue to provide important services to our community. Please check our website frequently for service updates and to sign up to be a friend of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  For a list of local resources, please follow this link.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest by texting your zip code to 898-211, visiting pa211sw.org or by dialing 2-1-1.

If you need immediate assistance through the Resource Center, please complete our online application by clicking the button below.

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