Update from Garfield Jubilee Association Inc – YouthBuild Program

Hello all,

As the Coronavirus continues to affect us, Garfield Jubilee Association, Inc. continues to remain closed through April 30th.   We are following steps that have been mandated by Governor Wolf and Mayor Peduto.  GJA has developed a Comprehensive Emergency Plan to ensure safety and financial security of our staff and students.  Also, GJA is working on a plan to continue to engage our students in educational and occupational instruction, case management and supportive services.

For students currently enrolled in our YouthBuild Program, we are expanding our on-line educational and occupational classes.  For the past six years, GJA has utilized on-line classes for high school preparation classes, through Smart Horizons.  Our staff is working hard to expand our on-line classes for GED, customer service, construction, and job/readiness classes. GJA is conducting daily morning afternoon sessions with students and contacting students daily to provide case management services and needed supportive services. Students will continue to receive stipends for participation in on-line morning sessions and educational and occupational classes. It is important that students log in to the Program and remain connected.  If you are having problems doing this, please contact Dion Jones, Program Coordinator at dionjones@garfieldjubilee.org.

GJA understands the need to ensure financial security for staff during the emergency work stoppage. All salaried employees who have regular standard hours and hourly employees will continue to be paid during the closure.  Paydays will continue to follow the 2020 payroll schedule.

I was taking Lexapro for about a year or even more. I stopped taking it gradually reducing the dose. After cancellation I felt some flashes in the mind, but that was okay. The next week was spent in a depressed state and I was crying sometimes. Now it is about five months after the cancellation. The most amazing thing is that I began to appreciate the real effect of lexapro only after the cancellation. The anxiety has reduced and tremor has disappeared.

GJA has also collaborated with a number of organizations in Garfield such as Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, Thomas Merton Center, Garland Land Trust, Valley View Presbyterian church, Garfield Lurentian Hall to distribute food and other needed supportive services to community residents and our YouthBuild students. If you are in need of food and other supportive services please contact Dr. Staci Flint, GJA Case Manager Supervisor at stacie@garfieldjubilee.org.

To the Community, the following resources are available:

Salvation Army – 800-454-1156

Utility Assistance (including electric and heating bills) as well as free food

Heating Assistance LIHEAP

You can apply in person, online using COMPASS, and on paper

https://www.compass.state.pa.us

LIHEAP Hotline – 1-866-857-7095

Rental Assistance

Urban League   412-227-4805

Emergency rental assistance and cash grants.

It is for families facing eviction or at risk of becoming homeless.  Funds may be used for paying security deposits or first month’s rent.

Pittsburgh Presbyterian Lazarus Fund   412-323-1400

Get a few hundreds dollars to pay rent, mortgage, or medical bills.

Community Human Services – 412-246-1640   – 2525 Liberty Ave. Pgh., PA  15222

Assist individuals and families in a housing crisis obtain and remain in housing.

  • Who they serve
  • Anyone over 18 years of age in Allegheny County who is either precariously housed or has lost their housing and needs to obtain new permanent housing
  • Request for assistance will be done within 10 business days upon receipt of an application

Helppgh.org

Food Assistance and locations are listed on this website as well as other resources. 

There is also an interactive link where you see where food distribution locations are occurring.  KDKA.com and WPXI have this up on their websites. 

Marcia Crews