L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry, a Christian homeless ministry has been serving Pittsburgh’s homeless and needy in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for 10 years. Our vision is that by satisfying the needs of the oppressed, Christ’s light will rise in the darkness and Pittsburgh will become a holy city. We are dedicated to rebuilding the lives of the homeless and reconciling the relationship between man and God.
Our grassroots organization began as two young college students felt a call from God to come to Pittsburgh and serve the poor. After meeting through a mutual friend, these two began street outreach to the homeless, listening to the needs of the community, and developing meaningful relationships. As the weather turned colder in Pittsburgh, these two students stumbled upon a men's homeless shelter, where they were invited in to participate in a Bible Study. Returning every Saturday night, Mike and Charles shared their experiences with all of their friends and found many people to be interested in joining them on their adventures. After a year of serving at this one particular shelter, a decision was made to commit fully to this work of serving the homeless. In that respect, the name L.I.V.I.N.G. (Love Initiated Ventures Investing in Neglected Groups) Ministry was chosen, based on the idea that ministry should be the essence of one’s life, not just a part of it. At the same time, a decision was made to incorporate into an official non-profit organization with the hopes of being able to serve more people. For 10 years now, L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry has been caring for the social, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Pittsburgh's homeless and needy. Through regular and intentional relationships, the staff of L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry has been able to effectively engage and empower the homeless to pursue independent living. Frequent visits to homeless shelters, job coaching and placement, public awareness events, and community partnerships have all played major roles in the success of transitioning men from homelessness towards a sustainable, dignified life.