Though Pittsburgh is a thriving metropolis, the presence of faith communities in the city is lacking. Send Relief partners with churches already engaged with the city to fight homelessness and eradicate food insecurity.
Once known for its thriving steel industry, Pittsburgh has earned a modern reputation for its food, art and culture scenes. About 2.5 million people live in the metro area, and, because of its affordable cost of living, the city continues to grow by the day—yet the number of active churches is not.
It’s time for that to change.
Send Relief is partnering with church plants, churches and organizations already engaged in the region to make a difference in the city by fighting poverty, providing resources for families in need, stamping out illiteracy and more.
The Send Relief team is doing this through hosting neighborhood clean-up events, coming alongside under-resourced families, hosting mission trips and volunteer teams and training experiences for the church leaders of tomorrow.
What We Do
The Pittsburgh Ministry Center is committed to strengthening communities and serving those struggling with poverty.
By working alongside local churches and organizations, the ministry center team focuses their efforts on:
Distributing care packages and food boxes to the unhoused
Conducting community outreach programs
Building relationships with local churches and organizations who are already doing the work of serving Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable populations
Pittsburgh Ministry Center Director Jake France was born and raised in Pittsburgh but lived in North Carolina, South Carolina and Illinois before returning to the city in 2021. During his time away, France led worship in varying missional roles for 12 years across countries in Asia, Europe, North America and Africa and was part of Vertical Worship as a worship leader and songwriter for 7 years. He and his wife, Lauren, are raising their two daughters, Amelia and Lydia, to be diehard Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fans.