LTYM: Pittsburgh 2016–Charity Spotlight: Jeremiah’s Place

by jenniferhicks on February 2, 2016

Last November, Stephanie and I emceed the MomCon–a local conference for moms–where we had the chance to meet and connect with many amazing women. The final speaker of the day was one of those incredible people: Dr. Lynne Williams. She inspired and moved the entire room as she shared her story of hope, love, connection, family, and her unconventional road to motherhood: through foster care and adoption.

Dr. Williams spoke with passion as she talked about the difficulties so many families face including the challenges and struggles that often lead to children being placed in the foster care system–namely child abuse and homelessness. She spoke about the desperate need for support in the form of safe, stable, loving care for the children in these difficult situations. As a pediatrician, she would see the problems, the evidence of abuse, the circumstances that indicated trouble was imminent–and she’d even understand the causes. She recognized there was a need for solutions and options to help these families, and so, with the help of co-founders Dr. Tammy Murdock, Eileen Sharbaugh, and a team of passionate people, Jeremiah’s Place was born.

Jeremiah’s Place is a crisis nursery in East Liberty open all day, every day to all children ages 6 and under for free, temporary short-term care when families are in crisis or experiencing an emergency situation and need safe care for their children. That crisis may be emergency medical care, urgent childcare needs, and care of children at risk for child abuse. It’s staffed 24/7 by trauma-informed caregivers and social workers.  Children’s length of stay is determined based on the needs of the family and availability of care.

In addition to providing free, round-the-clock childcare, Jeremiah’s Place is also working to invest in the kinds of programs that prevent child abuse and neglect by providing parenting classes, community events, and a mentor program.

Jeremiah’s Place is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization with the mission of protecting children, strengthening families, transforming communities. In addition to receiving grants, Jeremiah’s Place is funded through community events and fundraisers like the Damaged Pies concert / Same Circus Different Town screening on February 20th. There will be a small art show, live music by the Damaged Pies and the documentary film Same Circus Different Town will be shown. $6 tickets in advance, $8 at the door.

Same Circus screen shot smaller

Listen To Your Mother: Pittsburgh is honored to be supporting children and families in the Pittsburgh area through Jeremiah’s Place.

If you’d like to help Jeremiah’s Place through donation or community service, click HELP for more information.

 

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