Partner Story: The Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle was established in ‘Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community in 2006, and is dedicated to integrating adults with special needs more fully into the broader community. The program engages children and young adults with and without special needs in a full range of social activities. The Friendship Circle aims to enrich the lives of all participants through mutually advantageous interactions, creating lasting friendships which consequently strengthen the Jewish and greater community’.

Rabbi Mordy is the Executive Director of the Friendship Circle Pittsburgh. In the following interview, he speaks about the experience partnering with PULSE.

CC:  Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

RM: We heard PULSE was a fabulous way to cultivate new talent who would appreciate our mission and that the fellows are, by and large, very capable.

CC: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?

RM: The guidance and assurance we have from the leadership at PULSE have been huge. We also have been extremely fortunate with Kahley (current PULSEr)! She fits the culture of FC and our mission like a glove.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

RM: The programs that Kahley has been involved in have developed astronomically under her leadership. I like to think she has grown a great deal as a person but the organization as a whole, and many specific programs, are better because or Kahley (and PULSE)!

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

RM: We don’t have much to compare Kahley to, but her friendliness, ability, creativity have all truly enhanced us.

CC:What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

RM: You certainly have the opportunity to find the right fitting fellow for what you are looking for, but, once you do, you can have the confidence knowing that you are cultivating a leader while getting a dedicated person on board!

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This is part of a series of posts about the Nonprofit Partner experience with PULSE. If you would like to learn more about a Nonprofit Partnership, please visit our Partner Page.

Alumni Story: Johnny Erevia

Johnny Erevia is a 2012-2013 PULSE alumnus. In this interview he discusses his experiences in PULSE in regards to living in the city, serving in a charter school, and cooking meals in his community.

 

What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you?

When I graduated from college, in rural northwest Ohio, I knew that I wanted an urban experience. PULSE was so attractive because it presented the opportunity to explore a vibrant city with a group of like-minded and adventurous people.

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

The best part of my PULSE experience was exploring Pittsburgh with my fellow PULSErs. I truly got to experience a lot: outdoor concerts, banjo night, ultimate frisbee, athletic events, and the gatherings at our own Stanton house. Also, I relished in the weekly joy and challenge of cooking a meal we sat down to share as a family.

How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?

PULSE was my first extended urban experience. It was what I desired after moving to Pittsburgh from rural northwest Ohio and it didn’t disappoint. I still love being a young professional and living in the city. I like living only a few blocks from past and current PULSErs, friends I’ve had for a long time and friends I haven’t met yet.

What kind of work do you do now?

I am currently in my fourth year as a Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officer. I work patrol in Zone 5 (the east end from Bloomfield to East Hills) and am a new Field Training Officer. I ride with probationary officers as a they work patrol for the first time and instruct/coach them along the way. I am also a member of the Special Response Team (SRT) with which I respond to mass gatherings and hazardous material incidents.

How did PULSE prepare you for what you are doing now?

My PULSE nonprofit partnership was at a charter school working as a truancy officer. In this position I routinely communicated with parents and guardians about their youth’s habitual absences. I developed truancy elimination plans and saw non-traffic citations for truancy brought before the local magistrate. This required me to interact with the population of the school and its families. I helped them find the pulse of what was causing dysfunction in their families or community and try to provide a helpful resource.

How have you stayed connected with PULSE?

I enjoy the PULSE emails and stories about past or current participants and their nonprofit partnership. I also routinely see PULSE alumni from my year and others.

 

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Partner Story: Homewood Children’s Village

Homewood Children’s Village’s mission is to ‘improve the lives of Homewood’s children and simultaneously reweave the fabric of the community in which they live’. Homewood, once a vibrant section of the city of Pittsburgh faces the challenges of poverty, isolation and disinvestment today. The Homewood Children’s Village supports the children, families, and overall community of Homewood, creating ‘opportunities for children to succeed throughout their life’.

Dr. Shannah Tharp-Gilliam is the Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation for the Homewood Children’s Center. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

CC: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

STG: HCV needed support as we restructured our research office. We wrote a very specific job description for a data analyst and submitted it to PULSE in hopes of perhaps finding a match.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

STG: We were able to attract Jimson (current PULSEr), who had just the skills we needed. This year, Jimson helped to bridge the gap as we restricted and found a more permanent solution

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

STG: Jimson’s quirky and upbeat attitude fits right in here at Homewood Children’s Village. He has a passion for people, which I think is a hallmark of the type of person who would apply for a PULSE position.

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

STG: Give PULSE a try.

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This is part of a series of posts about the Nonprofit Partner experience with PULSE. If you would like to learn more about a Nonprofit Partnership, please visit our Partner Page.

Meet the 2017-18 PULSE Fellows

Meet the 2017-18 PULSE Fellows!

PULSE is excited to welcome these 34 participants for the 2017-18 year. Hailing from 14 states, the young adults serving with PULSE next year bring an exciting mix of talents and interests to the table. Their investment in service and community, as well as the vast array of experiences and passions they represent, are only a few of the incredible things they have to offer Pittsburgh and its residents. You can read about them and their accomplishments here.

Come to the PULSE End of Year Celebration Party

PULSE End of Year Celebration Party. Come one, come all to a lunch celebrating the 2016-17 PULSErs!

 

Please join us for a time of celebration, lunch, networking, and recognition of the outstanding achievements of the 35 PULSE fellows in the 2016-17 PULSE year.

35 PULSE Fellows contributed over 50,000 hours to the city and its residents.  Come and give thanks for the many great ways our fellows have contributed to a better Pittsburgh. Hope you can make it.

Learn more about our fellows and nonprofit partners this year!

Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Location: Vietnam Veteran’s Pavilion (Schenley Park)

RSVP. Please get your free tickets here.

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