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Sep 18, 2013

Ways to Get Involved with Light of Life This Fall




Staff member Abdul is one of the friendly faces 
you might see when you get involved with Light of Life Rescue Mission!


Volunteer – We love our volunteers and could not do everything we do without them! If you have been thinking about volunteering at Light of Life, fill out a volunteer application today.  Click here: http://www.lightoflife.org/get-involved/volunteer/.  

Make a financial donation – Did you know it costs us $2.34 to provide one meal to one person in need?  Every dollar counts and makes a difference in the lives of the men, women and children we serve.  Make an online donation through our new website www.give.lightoflife.org or call 412-258-6128 to contribute with a credit card over the phone.

Spread the word about us on social media – We post our current needs and encouraging stories regularly on Facebook and Twitter.  Let your friends know about our pages and ask them to like us so they can stay up-to-date, too!

Donate items to specific projects – We have some specific donation needs this fall.  If you are interested in helping with any of the opportunities below, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Bri at 412-803-4160 or bfeindt@lightoflife.org..

·         Thanksgiving Turkey Baskets – Help fill baskets with food for Thanksgiving meals.  We are partnering with Urban Impact and other North Side organizations to package and deliver 250 Thanksgiving baskets to families who would not otherwise be able to cook this special dinner in their own homes.  We are looking for groups to pick one canned good or other item to go toward this project and donate all of it (ex. one group would collect and donate 250 cans of corn).

·         Winter Coat Drive – Give new or gently used winter coats.  We are collecting winter coats through Christmas to give out to men, women and children who need them.

·         Christmas Giving Program – Buy items specifically requested by the men, women and children in our programs this Christmas.  Whether a mother cannot afford to buy presents for her children or a man in our residential program is alone this holiday season, help us give gifts that will make a difference.

Bring a friend to our annual open house – Held on Sunday, October 6th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., our open house is a great way to get to know more about the Mission and the programs we have to help the poor and homeless.  Tours will begin at the Mission, located at 10 E. North Avenue, and will also feature a tour of our Western Avenue location.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kate at 412-803-4138 or kwadsworth@lightoflife.org.  

Give a business sponsorship – We have many opportunities for businesses to get involved through sponsoring events and special days.  This fall we are looking for sponsors for our annual More Than a Meal gala being held on October 17th at the LeMont on Mt. Washington, Thanksgiving Baskets we are putting together to give to 250 local families, our Great Thanksgiving Banquet at the Mission on Thanksgiving Day, and more.  Contact Jessi at 412-258-6166 or jmarsh@lightoflife.org if you would like more information about business sponsorships.

Pray for our ministry and the people we serve – Prayer is a vital part of what makes God’s work at Light of Life happen.  When we pray, God hears and He moves.  Would you like to commit to praying for Light of Life’s ministry on a regular basis?  To receive monthly updates on how to specifically pray for Light of Life, please email Cathy at cdutko@lightoflife.org.

Sep 12, 2013

Learning through Sports




It’s no secret that playing team sports teaches life lessons.  Participating in sports is an opportunity given to every man who comes into our Men’s Residential Program (MRP).  Current residents, Light of Life graduates and staff have been learning through sports for years. In the winter, the men come together for basketball, and in the summer they play softball.

Often times as a result of addiction or mental health issues, men come into Light of Life’s programs feeling isolated. As a result, they don’t have many healthy relationships and have a difficult time relying on others. “The guys coming in and playing sports have to trust and depend on their teammates,” said Dean Robinson, Community Guest Liaison and softball coach. “It’s a good way to teach these guys to depend on other people.”
 
 Softball coaches Rob Pettit and Dean Robinson
holding the softball championship trophies last year.

Light of Life is in a league that plays against other organizations specializing in addiction recovery or other life transitions.  Last year, Light of Life's softball team went undefeated and won the league championship.  This year they ended regular season at 6-6. The team won the first game of the play-offs and moved on to the championship round.  They lost the first championship game and need to win the next two in order to hold onto the championship trophy.

“We haven’t always won,” said Rob Pettit, Kitchen Supervisor and softball coach.  “But we learn as much in years that we lose every game as in the winning seasons. Other than great exercise and getting guys outside, it helps with team-building, working with others, sportsmanship and self-worth.” 

The men get a lot out of playing on a sports team, too. “I think it’s a good way to get excess energy out,” said Luke, a current resident in the men’s program and member of the softball team. “It’s good for camaraderie and establishing relationships. It helps us learn team work and it’s also a way for us to learn how to handle frustrations and disappointments.”  

For men who are starting their lives over, hands-on, team activities make a significant impact that will last well beyond their time at Light of Life.

Sep 5, 2013

Volunteer of the Month - Sylvia Enand

Sylvia Enand, Volunteer of the Month
 
There are many different ways to get involved at Light of Life Rescue Mission. Some volunteers work at the Mission in the kitchen, some as mentors for our alumni and some alongside our Women and Children’s Program.  You may be surprised to find out that in addition to volunteer opportunities in our programs, we also have dedicated volunteers who help us with administrative and office support!

Sylvia Enand is our September Volunteer of the Month. Sylvia volunteers in the mail room where she helps process donations.  She began volunteering at Light of Life a year ago after hearing about a need through her church. Sylvia wanted to volunteer at Light of Life because she believed in what Light of Life does in the community of Pittsburgh and she wanted to be part of it. When speaking about her experience volunteering at Light of Life, Sylvia said that she loves the Christian atmosphere as well as doing God’s work.

Sylvia supports our Donor Relations Associate in the mail room by counting donations, entering data and verifying the donation information is correct. We appreciate the ways Sylvia is making a difference by volunteering in the office- she is a huge blessing to us. 


From serving meals to helping with mail, there are many different opportunities to get involved at Light of Life!  Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Bri Feindt at bfeindt@lightoflife.org or 412-803-4160 if you are interested in volunteering.