OUR MISSION

We transform lives through the love of Christ by providing food, shelter, and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction.

OUR VISION

We are a model community dedicated to providing services to meet the complex and challenging needs of our community’s most vulnerable by creating an environment where life transformation occurs from the inside out through the power of the Gospel.

OUR PURPOSE

To provide those we serve hope and life transformation through the love of Christ.

OUR VALUES

We Honor God

We practice Goldy disciplines of prayer, confession, sharing of testimonies and reading God's word.

We Love Well

By seeking the best interest of both the person and the community, we believe that we are all broken and in need of healing and growth to achieve wholeness.

We Embrace Growth

We seek God's grace to use innovation and creativity to continually improve programs and services.

We Value Diversity

We commit to building a diverse workspace that reflects the clients and community we serve.

OUR STORY

Serving Pittsburgh’s homeless and hurting since 1952

1952

Light of Life opens its doors as a soup kitchen for the first time and expands services to include men’s recovery programming.

1979

Light of Life opens its first emergency shelter on North Avenue to bring safe housing to the homeless men of Pittsburgh.

1989

Light of Life expands services to include women and children’s programming.

2017

Light of Life opens Sister’s House to provide housing for single women.

2018

Light of Life opens a food pantry to serve families and individuals experiencing food insecurity on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

2021

Light of Life opens Voeghtly Street Shelter to expand its emergency services, including its first shelter for women and children.

2022

Light of Life Celebrates 70 years at the Mission.

2023

Ridge Recovery Place opens and becomes the new home for all of Light of Life’s long-term programming.

OUR PEOPLE

Leadership Team

Rev. Jerrel T. Gilliam

Executive Director

Doug Smith

Assistant Executive Director

Tamiko Dawkins

Director of Programs

Karl Sauereisen

Director of Human Resources

David Wadsworth

Manager of Men’s Program

Colleen McKerley

Development Manager

Annie Cairns

Sr. Marketing & Communications Manager

Dean Robinson

Shelter Supervisor

Our Board

Board of Directors

NATALIE KRETER, ESQ., CHAIRMAN

UPMC Health Plan, Inc. – Assistant Counsel

REBECCA FATICA, VICE-CHAIR

Citizens – Head of Specialized Financing, Business Banking

CHRIS CHANEY, SECRETARY

Fort Pitt Capital Group – Vice President

RACHEL SCHMIEDLIN, TREASURER

Holsinger, P.C. – Audit Manager

Board Members

GASH ABEBE

Veriown

TOM DORAN

Highmark Health Plan – EVP and COO

ROSALYN FREEMAN

MK3 HR Consulting – CEO

RITA HUCKLE

Primerica – National Sales Director

DR. EDWIN J KAIRIS

The Health Plan of West Virginia – Chief Medical Officer

James Rimmel

Rimmel Mehaffen Pessy Wealth Consulting – Managing Director of Wealth Management

FALCO ANTHONY MUSCANTE II

Associate at K&L Gates LLP

DEBORAH PATTERSON

Sanofi - Medical Science Liason

ADAM LUCAS

Guidehouse Director

DONALD TUCKER

Allegheny Center Alliance Church – Pastor of Pastoral Care

WILLIAM WOLFE

Retired

Dr. Cathy Sigmund

North Side Christian Health Center – Chief Behavioral Health Officer

Honorary Members

DONALD L. FOSTER

Principal at Manor Associates

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