Thank you, St. Paul’s Church
Jeremiah’s Place, Pittsburgh’s ONLY crisis nursery, serves children birth to six years of age when their families are experiencing an emergency situation, instability or are in need of respite care. The nonprofit agency opened five years ago in the East End of Pittsburgh and provides temporary, free, and confidential care of young children.
On April 21, 2014, Jeremiah’s Place opened the doors for the first time at 7:00 AM and at 7:10 AM received the first call with a request for assistance from a single mother.Jeremiah’s Place was able to help the mother in her moment of need and since that day has provided direct care to 833 unique children from 540 families. Children have come to Jeremiah’s Place from all around our region serving families from 79 different zip codes.
Some of the children in need of care have stayed at Jeremiah’s Place for a few short hours, while others have needed to stay for a few days.Many of the children Jeremiah's Place serves do visit the nursery more than once, as their parents need to navigate numerous crisis and/or a variety of extenuating circumstances. Jeremiah’s Place has served families who are struggling with issues such as mental illness, a medical emergency, postpartum depression, a death in the family, homelessness or job loss to name a few. In every case, Jeremiah's Place was able to provide safe care for the children while referring their families to more than 60 outside agencies for much-needed services and support.
As a Co-Founder of Jeremiah’s Place, I am truly grateful for the early and ongoing support Jeremiah’s Place has received from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.The support St. Paul’s has provided over the years has been in a variety of ways including fundraising dinners, fish-fries, donating new books, backpacks, and knitted "Jere-Bears" as well as the VBS collection of child-friendly snacks last summer.To have this type of community support for a grass-roots start-up agency has been no small thing and proven to be quite helpful.
Thank you, St. Paul’s community, for helping Jeremiah’s Place to provide the care needed for the hundreds of children and families Jeremiah's Place has served over the last five years. For me, St. Paul's support of Jeremiah's Place has been a visible example of what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world and light in our community.On behalf of Jeremiah’s Place and with my own heartfelt gratitude, thank you St. Paul’s!