Squirrel Hill Guide to Social & Community Services
Squirrel Hill is a hub for social and community services of all kinds, from recreational activities for children and services for seniors to organizations dedicated to helping individuals and families through all of life’s changes and challenges. Squirrel Hill has it all, and this guide highlights a few of the many organizations and agencies serving our community in so many ways.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS)
5743 Bartlett Street
JF&CS has spent 78 years making a positive impact in Pittsburgh’s communities and changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals and families in need of comprehensive, quality services when facing life’s changes and challenges. As one of Pittsburgh’s leading social service agencies, JF&CS has remained committed to helping everyone in need without regard to race, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, age, handicap or disability.
Each year, JF&CS helps more than 8,000 people throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region, offering services in the following areas: adoption (Family Hope Connection), career services (Career Development Center), counseling (Squirrel Hill Psychological Services), critical needs and emergency assistance, elder care, foodassistance through the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry, guardianship, refugee resettlement and legal immigration services and services for those with special needs.
Jewish Association on Aging (JAA)
200 JHF Drive
The Jewish Association on Aging works to improve on and enhance the lives of older adults through a Squirrel Hill Guide to Social & Community Services By Elizabeth Waickman continuum of individualized quality care consistent with Jewish values and traditions. Residential services are provided through the Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Terrace and Residence at Weinberg Village. Additional home and community-based serives include the JAA Center for Rehabilitation, JAA Home Health Services, AgeWell Pittsburgh (a collaboration of the JAA, Jewish Family & Children’s Service and the Jewish Community Center), Anathan Club Adult Day Services, Mollie’s Meals and Sivitz Jewish Hospice.
National Council of Jewish Women,
Pittsburgh Section (NCJW)
1620 Murray Avenue
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Services for the community include NCJW’s Back 2 School Store, The Center for Women, advocacy efforts, Pic-a-Bag, Children’s Rooms in the Courts, Suit Yourself, as well as NCJW’s consignment stores; DDB Upscale Consignment Boutique, Thriftique and Home Consignments.
The Center for Women
1620 Murray Avenue
The Center for Women offers programs to increase financial literacy, build career-related skills, connect women with mentoring and internship opportunities, and provide referrals to additional support services, all with the goal of ensuring women in transition are able to achieve and maintain economic independence and self-sufficiency. The Center for Women is a collaborative program of the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section (NCJW) and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh (JWF). CFW is nonsectarian and serves women of all backgrounds.
Services include internship and mentoring programs, financial fitness workshops, career workshops, confidential law consultations, the Women Helping Women program, which provides volunteer assistance from experts in areas such as legal, financial, insurance, budget and business plans. The Center for Women also provides referrals to various community organizations.
Ursuline Support Services/Good Grief Center
Administrative Center/Good Grief Center
2717 Murray Avenue
Ursuline Support Services is a nonprofit, charitable organization that supports those who are vulnerable and in need in our communities, enabling them independence through life’s many transitions. Whether a person in need suffers from abuse, neglect or financial and emotional distress, Ursuline provides the critically needed adult and senior services, and provides the support and care that one would expect from family.
Ursuline offers four main programs, Guardianship, Protective & Supportive Services, Independence Support Services and the Good Grief Center, which help make decisions for those who can’t themselves, provides protection for those vulnerable to abuse and offers grief and bereavement support to people of all ages. Ursuline also expanded its services to include Cart to Heart volunteer grocery shopping service, Checks and Balance programs and Senior Reassurance, a daily wellness phone call program for seniors.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh
5738 Forbes Avenue
The JCC provides social service, recreational and educational services and programs, and houses state-of-the-art fitness and wellness facilities, heated indoor swimming pools and an Olympic-size outdoor pool for summer use, gymnasiums, squash/racquetball courts, outdoor playgrounds, auditoriums, dance studios, classrooms and meeting areas. Comprehensive programming includes child care and preschool, after-school and school’s-out programs, day and overnight camping, senior adult activities, fitness and wellness programs, special needs services, arts and cultural activities including a nationally-accredited Jewish museum and scores of programs for the community.
Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh (HFL)
4307 Murray Avenue
Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFL) is a financial nonprofit organization that offers interest-free loans to Allegheny County residents on a nonsectarian basis. The application process is confidential and quick. Loans are offered for a variety of purposes: car purchase or repair, home improvement, tuition, debt consolidation, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, adoption, fertility treatment, summer camp, medical/dental bills, small business, funeral expenses and more.
Squirrel Hill Health Center (SHHC)
4516 Browns Hill Road
(412) 422-7442 (medical)
At its single site in Squirrel Hill, SHHC provides patient-driven, highquality health care for patients of all ages, including prenatal care, pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, gynecology, geriatrics, behavioral health services for primary medical patients, preventive, restorative, and emergency dental care, care coordination to connect patients to needed services not offered directly at SHHC, lab services and Marketplace insurance enrollment counseling. All major insurance is accepted including commercial plans, Medicaid, and Medicare; uninsured or underinsured patients may apply for an income based sliding fee scale. SHHC operates with a special concern for patients’ religious beliefs, race, squirrel hill feature cont. PAGE26 Community Services at Work national origin, language, age, gender, and disability status, and without regard for their insurance status or ability to pay. Uninsured low income patients may be eligible for a nominal charge. Language interpretation is available for any patient with limited English proficiency. House calls are available for medical visits to home bound patients.
The Aleph Institute
5804 Beacon Street
The Aleph Institute is a not-for profit Jewish religious, educational and humanitarian organization serving the Jewish community. The organization offers a multitude of services to imprisoned Jewish men and women and their families, including those in re-entry and families of those incarcerated, and programs for those in long-term medical facilities and group homes. The Aleph Institute also hosts many 12 step programs, provides computer training and job training and social media introduction programs for individuals of the Jewish faith.
The Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh
5872 Northumberland Street
The Friendship Circle is dedicated to helping children and young adults with special needs become more fully integrated into the broader community. Each year, The Friendship Circle offers more than 100 programs, which pair youth with special needs with teen volunteers in a wide range of social activities. The Friendship Circle aims to enrich the lives of all participants, creating lasting friendships with strengthen both the Jewish and greater communities. Services include recreational programs for youth ages 5 to 18, community service and volunteer opportunities for young adults and outings for older teens and young adults. All programs include participants with and without special needs. SHM A client accepts a check from Ellen Clancy, director of operations at Hebrew Free Loan. He received a loan to purchase a new computer when his broke in the midst of his undergraduate education. (Photo courtesy of Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh) Friendship Circle members soaking up sunshine and good company at Kennywood. (Photo courtesy of The Friendship Circle)