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Charles C
250 East Ohio Street
(Central Northside)
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ALIVE 2017 was great!

the project

Each year the Northside Homeless has committed itself to meeting the needs of the homeless by holding a community celebration event every November known as ALIVE. This event brings together the homeless as they celebrate life, listen to live music, play games, receive an abundance of warm winter clothes and prizes, as well as enjoy a delicious hot meal. Over the years, this event has increased in popularity as many of the homeless are shown dignity and respect, simply being treated like ‘normal’ people. It is also a great opportunity for homeless families to enjoy time together without worrying about the public’s opinion of them. Last year’s event we saw over 500 people come out and enjoy the day. This year, we expect around 600 people attend. 

the steps

ALIVE 2017 will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 9 AM to 2 PM in Allegheny Commons Park on the Northside  of Pittsburgh. For the past 3 months we have been planing the event by bringing together partners, collecting donations of food and clothing, and connecting with neighbors. Leading up to the event, we will be sorting all of the donated clothing, prepping and cooking most of the turkey pot pie, and getting the park ready for the awesome event. 

why we're doing it

ALIVE has a dramatic impact on the lives of everyone it touches. From volunteers, to the homeless, everyone feels appreciated, valued and many dedicate themselves to getting back on their feet. From this event, other programs have been created that benefit the homeless such as regular street outreaches, a mobile employment center, and a crowdrising social media platform designed to assist the homeless. ALIVE is a great way to break down the barriers that separate the homeless from the rest of society. It is for this reason that we are so excited about this year’s event.


Original Budget:

360              Portajohns

125              Special Event permit

820              Food  (turkey, potatoes, vegetables, gravy, bread, etc)

95                 Drinks

350              Supplies (games, paper products, trash bags, cutlery, etc)

250              Door prizes

Project Subtotal =  $2,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $60
Total to raise on ioby = $2,095

Disbursed Budget:


$245 Portajohns,

$125 Special Event permit

$800 Food (turkey, potatoes, vegetables, gravy, bread, etc)

$60 Drinks

$206 Supplies (games, paper products, trash bags, cutlery, etc)

$150 Door prizes

$375 t-shirts for leaders

Total = $1961


$195 Ioby

$891 cash donations from volunteers

$400 in-kind food donation Light of Life

$250 giftcard donation (Giant Eagle, Costco, Shop N Save)

$75 in-kind food donation Panera Bread

$150 in-kind food donation Natrona Bottling Company

Total = 1,961

RAISED = $195.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $5.68



ALIVE 2017 was great!

Hello everyone,

Thank you so much for helping at ALIVE last month! Here are some stats to show how much your hard work paid off!




350 guests in attendance

250 volunteers

239 bags of clothing

20 pans of turkey potpie

45 haircuts

4 people received Christ (at least)


We always appreciate your feedback to help make this event better! To fill out the quick survey, CLICK HERE


Finally, we have many photos to share with you guys. Please feel free to share these in hopes of raising awareness around the event. To view the photos, CLICK HERE


If you are interested in getting involved with any of the participating organizations throughout the year, please let us know and we would be more than happy to get you guys connected.


We hope to see you all next year!


Emily Rabatin

Light of Life Rescue Mission

Outreach Coordinator


412-258-6162 Direct

412-258-6164 Fax

412-258-6100 Main


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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