There are many organizations that serve the hungry people of Pittsburgh with free meals. These places can always use a helping hand! You can be a part of this ministry by preparing a meal, serving a meal, or donating to a food pantry.

Homeless Shelters

Light of Life Rescue Mission:

Light of Life Rescue Mission serves many people in downtown Pittsburgh with food, shelter, and Christ-centered care.

Northside Common Ministries/Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter:

Northside Common Ministries started Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter, which offers residents a safe place to sleep, a hot shower, and a meal. They also run the Northside Community Food Pantry.

  • If you are interested in preparing and/or serving meals at Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter or volunteering at or donating food items to Northside Community Food Pantry, go to or call (412) 323-1163.

East End Cooperative Ministry:

East End Cooperative Ministry provides for the physical and spiritual needs of vulnerable and at-risk people in the East End neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

The Table:

The Table is a unique ministry created by Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, and it offers free community meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the South Side.

  • To learn how you can get involved by either cooking or serving a meal, call (412) 481-4010, or email

After Care Program

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What it takes to Become a Mentor:

A mentor offers guidance, referrals, and a support system to ex-offenders who are in need of help. Often ex-offenders will return to jail after they are released. This program offers them the help they need in order to stay with their communities and families. Mentor’s offer their guidance and support by visiting their mentee in jail 3 times a month. Mentees and mentors maintain their professional relationship after jail. They meet with each other weekly and continue to bring the best out of each other. Online forums, continuing education classes, health boundaries classes, and addictive thinking programs are all available for the mentor and mentee to participate together.

If you would like to become a mentor, please visit for a volunteer application and more information.

Women’s Crisis Centers

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Women’s Center & Shelter has been a trusted and respected resource in the Pittsburgh Community for more than 40 years. They specialize in providing a safe haven for women and their children from domestic violence as well as providing emergency shelter, legal advocacy, a 24-hour hotline, and support groups. The Women’s Center and Shelter offers volunteer opportunities, internship opportunities, and donation opportunities.

Please visit for more information on how you can lend your assistance.

Bethlehem Haven Women’s Shelter:

Bethlehem Haven provides hospitality and compassion to women in need.  Their mission is to provide a continuum of care for homeless women that leads toward self-sufficiency. Their vision is to end homelessness through collaboration with the community and the people we serve.

Please visit for more information on how you can lend your assistance.