Light of Life Rescue Mission:
Relocating to Better Serve an Expanded Client Base
For more than 60 years, Light of Life, a non-denominational Christian ministry, has been providing homes for the homeless, food for the hungry, and filling other needs of the poor, addicted, abused, and needy on Pittsburgh’s northside. Its holistic, multi-faceted approach helps 1,600 individuals each year become addiction-free, wage-earning citizens, caring parents, skilled employees, and lifelong learners. In the women and children’s program, for example, 75 percent of graduates—more than twice the national average—remain free from addiction, recovered from mental health issues, self-sufficient, and able to live independently.
For a variety of reasons, the Light of Life mission facility and the women and children’s facility need to relocate—ongoing revitalization in its current neighborhood, lack of privacy for clients in the busy environment, and a “not in my backyard” sentiment from within the up-and-coming retail and residential area. In addition, Light of Life has outgrown its existing facility.
Following a long and thoughtful process, the organization identified two new sites near Pittsburgh’s homeless population, reducing the need for clients to travel to receive services and enabling staff to reach out to those in need. A Foundation grant of $2.1 million will support construction of a new 24,000 square foot building that will not only incorporate energy efficiencies, green building systems, and use of local products, but also better serve an expanded client base.