Once COVID-19 hit Pittsburgh, we realized our Amachi Pittsburgh families were going to be hit harder because of what we already know about families impacted by incarceration. Our family needs assessment report indicated that there was not only an alarming need for various types of resources but also for emotional support and a focus on self-care to help families through the crisis. Sharing these findings with our community partners, donors, and supporters resulted in an influx of donations including food boxes and care packages for our families which we were incredibly grateful to receive and distribute with the help of our amazing mentors.
We also started a weekly Zoom “Wellness Wednesday” series, where parents and all Amachi staff learn about and practice self-care and maintain connections with one another. During times of adversity, we believe there is always a silver lining, and Amachi Pittsburgh’s silver lining has been re-engaging and developing stronger connections with the families we serve. What we have learned is that even though the trauma of a pandemic has the potential to disconnect us, healing most definitely happens in relationships.
– Kristina DiDiano, Program Coordinator, Amachi Pittsburgh
JOIN AMACHI PITTSBURGH & WEISSHOUSE TO WELCOME WORLD-RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER GEORGE LANGE BACK TO PITTSBURGH ON NOVEMBER 14, 2019
On October 23, 2019, Amachi Pittsburgh was the recipient of the largest grant at the second annual New Philanthropic Leaders pitch party! The pitches were from three local nonprofit organizations working to disrupt the school to prison pipeline — Amachi Pittsburgh, CASA of Allegheny County and Youth Enrichment Services — each selected to receive a grant from the New Philanthropic Leaders for their programming.
Amachi Mentors and Mentees attended the October 6, 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers game with Pittsburgh Police
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