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Our Mission at Jeremiah’s Place

Jeremiah’s Place will protect children and strengthen families by providing a safe haven of respite, health, renewal, and support for children and families during times of crisis.  We strive to serve as a leading voice for child abuse prevention thereby transforming the community into a place that is safe, stable, and loving for all children.

Our Team

Our History

Jeremiah’s Place is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization which was incorporated in April of 2011. It began with a small group of individuals and has grown to an amazing Board of Directors and a strong volunteer corps named “Jeremiah Serves.”

We opened our doors on Monday, April 21, 2014 for daytime care from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. After receiving our overnight care license from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW), on May 12, 2014, we expanded our hours of operation to 24/7 to all children ages 6 and under for free, temporary short-term care when families are in crises or experiencing an emergency situation and need safe care for their children. That crisis may be emergency medical care, urgent childcare needs, and care of children at risk for child abuse.

We look forward to serving the needs of all families when they have no other safe option for childcare.

There are several reasons why Pittsburgh needs a crisis nursery, including to help families prevent child abuse, address the needs of homeless children, and provide safe child care when families have no other options.

Our Timeline

The case for a place like Jeremiah’s Place

We know that children who are exposed to violence and adverse childhood events during their early childhood are at risk for later mental health disorders, substance abuse problems, as well as common medical illnesses including diabetes and heart disease.  It is imperative to start securing a healthy future for our society by preventing instances of trauma in early childhood. Take at look at some interesting statistics about our region:

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In 2010, there were over 1500 reports of child abuse in Allegheny County, and 70% of abused children are under the age of 4

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Over the past 10 years, more than 400 children have died as a result of child abuse in Pennsylvania.

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In addition, over the course of a year, 720 children in Allegheny County under the age of 6 experience homelessness and encounter a homeless shelter or program.  However, these shelters are unable to provide care for children while the parents try to find jobs or new housing arrangements.

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Furthermore, in a survey of families in the East End, over 60% of caregivers indicated that they have trouble finding child care.

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Of these, 14% of caregivers admitted to leaving their children in high-risk situations and 9% of parents indicated that their child was hurt or had big behavioral problems after these situations.

Our Team

Lisa J. Perry

Executive Director

Lisa J. Perry is a collaborative, servant leader with over 25 years of experience in non-profit management, development, and the field of education. She is a warrior for women and girls and routinely brings her passion and compassion for serving the needs of others into her work.

Ms. Perry is also a writer, creative, lifelong learner and student of life. She enjoys empowering others to set their lives on fire with joy that rises up to greet them each day.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lisa earned a BA degree in Communications from Thiel College in Greenville, PA and a Master’s of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

lperry@jeremiahsplace.org

Kristen A. Glass, MSW, LSW

Social Worker

Kristen Ariel Glass is a Licensed Social Worker who earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Carlow University where she also minored in counseling and was awarded Academic Excellence in Social Work. Kristen earned her Masters of Social Work and her Children Youth and Families Certification from the University of Pittsburgh and has spent her career giving back to her community through her volunteer work at several nonprofit organizations.

At a young age Kristen earned the reputation of being a good listener with a natural ability to help friends and perfect strangers alike resolve personal difficulties. She has worked with a wide variety of populations, including people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and inner city youth. As the sister of two siblings with profound disabilities, she has spent her life around people with challenges and has volunteered at various agencies serving people with disabilities.

A strong advocate for families and children, Kristen has a demonstrated talent for helping families build on their strengths to create a safe, stable, and healthy home environment. In her spare time Kristen, who resides in Pittsburgh, PA, thoroughly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is passionate about her work, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi:

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

family@jeremiahsplace.org

Jordan R. Shoenberger

Program Manager

 

Jordan R. Shoenberger comes to Jeremiah’s Place with many years of experience working with children with special needs and at-risk families in the foster care and adoption field, where he served in both direct practice and in program supervision. Mr. Shoenberger has a passion and interest in providing for the children around him, so much so that he and his wife serve as foster parents and have adopted two children. He helps run a foster parent support group and speaks publicly about his experiences as a foster and adoptive parent.

Mr. Shoenberger views that his role of a manager is to serve those he supervises while keeping a focus on the best needs of the agency so that they have what they need to provide good work.

Mr. Shoenberger is a native of the South Hills of Pittsburgh, where he still resides with his family. He earned his B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and his M.A. degree in Human Services Business from Liberty University.

jshoenberger@jeremiahsplace.org
Our Board of Directors

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I love this place, they’re great! The ladies that work there are so nice and friendly and good to my kids.

I’m a single mother of two young children. I brought my children there for the first time recently. It was a huge relief to know that my children would be safe and taken care of while here. The staff is super nice! I didn’t feel any sort of judgement. My children had FUN! I think they even took naps while in JP’s care!

It’s incredibly hard to verbalize how appreciative I am. Leaving my children with anyone is hard and I don’t do it often – it’s awesome to know that when I need to get something done or be without my children it is possible.