ALLEGHENY COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL ;INC. / CHRISTIAN LITERACY ASSOC.
ALLEGHENY VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF CHURCHES, INC.
ANCHORPOINT COUNSELING MINISTRY
EAST END COOPERATIVE MINISTRY
EAST LIBERTY FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER
HOSANNA INDUSTRIES, INC.
MARS HOME FOR YOUTH
NORTH HILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH, INC.
NORTHSIDE COMMON MINISTRIES
OFF THE FLOOR PITTSBURGH
THE OPEN DOOR
OPEN HAND MINISTRIES
THE ORR COMPASSIONATE CARE CENTER
PITTSBURGH PASTORAL INSTITUTE
PGH REGION INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRIES, INC.
SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER
SCHENLEY HEIGHTS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
SOUTH HILLS INTERFAITH MOVEMENT
VENTURES IN PEOPLE INC.
WILKINSBURG COMMUNITY MINISTRIES
The Open Door
c/o First United Presbyterian Church, Crafton Heights
50 Stratmore Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
The Open Door ministry exists to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to neighborhood young people through intentional relationships with caring adults in an environment of safety and fun.
All of our programs are free of charge and are open to any youth that fit into the specified grades for the program. In order to register, a youth’s parent or guardian must come to The Open Door to fill out a waiver/release form. Listed below are a few of our current programs, however we are always adding and changing programs, so please call us for the most up to date information.
Friday Night Recreation
What: Sports, table games, board games, computer games, arts & crafts, and food.
Who: Grades K-5 from 6:00-8:00 PM, grades 6-12 from 8:00-10:00 PM.
When: Fridays during the school year.
What: Learning fundamentals and scrimmaging.
Who: Grades 6-12 from 6:00-8:00 PM.
When: Thursdays during the school year.
What: Homework help, enrichment, free time, and snacks.
Who: Grades K-3 from 2:30-5:30 PM
When: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the school year.
What: Girls mentoring group.
Who: Girls in grades 5-8 from 6:00-7:30 PM.
When: Tuesdays during the school year.
What: Bible lesson, games, snack, and fun.
Who: Grades 6-12 from 7:00-8:30 PM
When: Sunday nights on the 3rd floor of Crafton Heights United Presbyterian Church. Please enter through the red side door.
Family Fun Night - parents are required to attend with their children.
What: Games, movies, crafts, cooking, and more.
Who: Grades K-5 and parents.
When: Different times throughout the school year. Call for more information.
Cross-Trainers Summer Day Camp
Cross-Trainers is a free six-week day camp for sixty children grades K-8. Each week the kids participate in worship, arts & crafts, Bible lessons, recreation, and field trips. The staff is comprised of caring and committed young adults from the community who develop meaningful relationships with the kids in a mentoring capacity.
The Open Door, founded in 1987, is a youth outreach that is located in Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhood of Crafton Heights. We have a direct and dynamic connection to the First United Presbyterian Church of Crafton heights and are a validated Mission Agency. The Open Door is also supported through our growing partnerships with local schools, businesses, churches, the City of Pittsburgh, charitable foundations and individual donors. To accomplish our mission, we rely heavily on our growing base of community volunteers. The Open Door is more than just a building. It is a fun and safe place for kids to hang out on a Friday night. It is a place to improve athletic ability. It is a place to share a good meal. It is a place to meet new friends. It is a place where kids meet caring adults who teach them about God. It is a place for volunteers to show their gratitude to God through service. It is a helping hand when times are tough. It is the relationships that develop between the kids and the volunteers. It is a place where God’s Love is made manifest. It is the heart of the neighborhood. In other words, it is a ministry that offers the hope found only in Jesus Christ to the kids and families of the surrounding community.
The Rev. Kristen Knouff, Executive Director
Jessica Simcox, Programming Coordinator
Melanie Newsom, Community Youth Worker
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONGREGATIONAL OR INDIVIDUAL INVOLVEMENT
Volunteer - All of our programs and special events depend primarily on volunteers. They allow us to fulfill our mission through their dedication and talent. We always welcome new volunteers who are willing to lend their time to this life-changing ministry. We can find a place for you no matter what your gifts are. There are various ways to put your talents to use in our community through crafts, sports, computer skills, cooking, and more. There are also “behind the scenes” opportunities, such as maintenance work and administrative tasks that are critical to our ministry.
Work Camps - Each year The Open Door hosts a number of work camps from different churches around the country. These volunteers either help us with improvements to our facility or work directly with our children depending upon the type of experience they are seeking. We welcome both church youth groups and adult youth groups.
Giving - We depend on financial support to maintain our current programming, but also to grow in ministering to the West End community. We encourage an annual pledge, but all donations are welcome. Please make checks payable to “The Open Door.”
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