Shepherd's Heart Veteran's Home
Shepherd's Heart Veteran's Home (SHVH) is a transitional housing for homeless Veterans. The Veteran's Home is a collaboration between Pittsburgh Veterans Affair's Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV), Comprehensive Homeless Center (CHC) and Shepherd's Heart Fellowship, a parish of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. The collaboration aims to achieve a continuum of care for homeless Veterans. There are approximately 1500 homeless veterans on any given night in Allegheny County. In 2006, Shepherd's Heart Fellowship was awarded a grant from the VA to renovate the second floor of the church and turn it into an " Engagement Center". The program aims to service male veterans who are homeless and may have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse problems, mental illness, dual diagnosis, and those who are disabled.
Since 1993 the outreach teams have been working on the streets of Pittsburgh. Shepherd's Heart Fellowship has been working with CHC and HCHV since 1995. Each week outreach teams visit known homeless camps around the city and under the many bridges in Pittsburgh bringing blankets, clothes, and food to the homeless. The teams encourage the homeless to receive help and over time, after establishing a sense of trust with the individuals, they begin to accept their help. Shepherd's Heart Fellowship provides initial and immediate needs such as food, clothes, toiletry items, blankets, and a place to rest. The Fellowship also offers spiritual care; however, it is not mandatory. The Fellowship connects individuals to other homeless agencies, such as the VA, to assist with long-term needs.