The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: Open Hand Ministries

Open Hand Ministries, Inc.

Open Hand Ministries, Inc., has been awarded $15,000 by The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Small and Mighty program. This grant program, a result of the 100 Percent Pittsburgh operating principle, aims to streamline the grant-seeking process for nonprofit organizations with annual budgets of less than $600,000. Open Hand Ministries operates annually with a budget of $391,000.

Comprised of four churches in Garfield and East Liberty, the organization promotes home ownership by helping local families to become “wealth-builders” through debt reduction, budgeting, saving and investing as they work to become mortgage-ready. Open Hand also transforms vacant or abandoned properties into safe, energy-efficient and affordable homes for its clients to purchase and provides up to three years of affordable and safe rental housing for clients while they improve their credit, develop a budget, build savings and qualify for a mortgage. This grant funds 12-week “circles” that match client families to allies who provide support, act as a safety net during the wealth-building process and mentor clients as they work to achieve their goals. 

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