April/May

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Bag Lunch Program

FOCUS BAG LUNCHA Ministry of the Pittsburgh Clergy Brotherhood

Holy Trinity, McCandless; Holy Cross, Pittsburgh (Mt. Lebanon); St. Nicholas Philoptochos, Pittsburgh (Oakland); St. Sava, McKeesport; All Saints, Canonsburg; Dormition of the Theotokos, Oakmont; and St. George, New Kensington packed hundreds of luncheons for the homeless during January, February and March.  For over 20 years, this Orthodox Christian ministry has aided the homeless in Pittsburgh.  The lunches which include: two sandwiches, fruit, snack and drink are now delivered to FOCUS in the Hill District on Saturday at 12:00 Noon and are distributed to the homeless and needy.  If you or your church group would like to sign up to provide 120 bag lunches through FOCUS, there are several open Saturdays for the remainder of the year.  Contact your pastor and learn how you can participate in The Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood’s Bag Lunch Program.  They’ll help you schedule a date and provide you with instructions on purchasing what you need and assembling the lunches.

Churches at Work

During the month of May, Holy Trinity Church sponsored a food drive for FOCUS Pittsburgh Emergency Food Pantry. The church is participating in this ministry in a significant way by remembering the less fortunate, who have basic nutritional and personal care needs every day.  Holy Trinity provided to their members specially-marked bags and marked bins around the church to collect food offerings, helping to replenish the shelves of the emergency food pantry, so no one is turned away empty-handed.  FOCUS Ambassador, Mike Kritiotis coordinated the food drive.

St. Nicholas Church Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) Society collected linens, (fitted and flat sheets, pillowcases, and blankets) in February and March.  During April and May they collected (dress and athletic for men, women and children).  Other new and slightly used items will be collected in two month increments during the next few months

9980_561424467225317_207914000_nPDA Academy Graduates First Class

On April 3, 2013, at 1:00 PM, FOCUS + Pittsburgh held Commencement Exercises for its first Professional Development and Training Academy class.  Congratulations to Carmen Williams, Chez R. Ferguson, Frank Allen, and Dena Freeman.  Gradulates are pictured with l. to r. Eugene G. Khorey, retired Pittsburgh Public School Administrator; Doug Khorey, Professional Development Academy Instructor; Dr. Lena DeSettio, Duquesne University; and Paul Abernathy, Director, FOCUS Pittsburgh.

Middle School Students Raise $1,050.00 for FOCUS.

apollo ridgeOn Thursday, May 2, 2013, the Apollo Ridge Middle School Leo Club (A Lions Club International sponsored program), held a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds for FOCUS Pittsburgh.  They raised $1,050.00.  What an impressive effort.  The club voted to adopt FOCUS Pittsburgh as one of their charities this past January.   There are over 2,674 Alpha Leo clubs in the United States.  Youth, ages 12 to 18 years old focus on individual and social development, leadership skills and community service.  These Middle school students also raise funds for Children’s Hospital during their “Wear a Hat for Cancer” campaign and have recently starting an on-going eyeglass collection project.  FOCUS Pittsburgh’s communications group and FOCUS North America staff members worked with Joyce Yucetich, Club Advisor, providing brochures, a recently completed FOCUS informational video and a promotional placemat for the dinner.  Mrs. Yucetich is Learning Support Teacher at Apollo-Ridge Middle School and attends St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox church in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Quotable

“I am so happy for Focus Pittsburgh for winning one of the 20,000 grants from Walmart to help fight hunger. Focus is a wonderful organization with a lot of things to offer those in need and with a wonderful compassionate educated staff who are willing to offer assistance if asked. I enjoy being around the positive atmosphere when I stop by to visit whether it is to help carry items to the truck or to drop an item or two off to give to someone who needs it worse than me. Once again Congratulations to Paul Abernathy and the rest of the staff for their hard work and dedication. You really deserved this. — feeling excited at Carnegie Library of McKeesport.” Allison K. Victory (Posted on FOCUS Pittsburgh’s Facebook Page)

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