The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: Serenity Living Transitional Home

Serenity Living Transitional Home provides shelter for young women between the ages of 18 and 23 who are at risk of homelessness.

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $20,000 to Serenity Living Transitional Home in 2021. Born out of a youth mentoring program hosted by a husband and wife in their backyard, this organization provides social supports and shelter to young women between the ages of 18 and 23 who are at risk of homelessness.

Founded in 2007, Serenity Living Transitional Home’s mission is to educate, equip and empower at-risk women and girls with the tools to overcome life’s obstacles to success. Serenity Living Transitional Home offers two core services. The first is providing housing for young women who are at risk of homelessness, experiencing truancy and/or involvement with the child welfare system. Second is the Taking Youth Higher Mentoring Program, which offers workshops on topics such as financial literacy, goal planning, job readiness and conflict resolution and provides items such as clothing for job interviews and school supplies. The grant will allow Serenity Living’s current programming and operations to continue as it prepares to move into its new location in Wilkinsburg in June 2022.  

The Small and Mighty grants program focuses on grant seeking for small nonprofits that are meeting basic needs in our region. Since 2016, the program has awarded funding to many nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000. A list of all Small and Mighty Grantees is on the Foundation’s website

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