Learn about our 125 years of Transforming Communities, Lives, and Hearts.

The United Methodist Church Union has been in existence and serving the Pittsburgh community for over 125 years. Across its history, United Methodist Church Union has established the following Social Services Agencies in Allegheny County:

  • Northside Day Nursery, North side of Pittsburgh

  • Epworth Woods Fresh Air Camp, Warrendale

  • Robert Boyd Ward Home for Children, Mt. Lebanon

  • Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh, South Side

  • John Munhall Neighborhood House, Munhall

  • Bethany House Ministries, Northview Hts. And St. Clair Village

  • Methouse, Munhall

  • M.U.S.A., Homestead

  • Metowers, Avalon

  • Methousing North, Northside of Pittsburgh

The United Methodist Church Union has also assisted many congregations in Western Pennsylvania. This congregational support has included financial grants, loan guarantees, land purchases, and administrative services. Other missionary activities included:

  • Grace Chapel Mission 1894

  • Robinson Street Mission 1895

  • Italian Mission, Wylie Avenue 1904

  • Polish Mission, Southside 1908

  • Trinity Temple, Smallman Street 1908

  • Becks Run Mission, 1913

The United Methodist Church Union has developed and sustained many ministries during this timeframe, including:

  • The Pittsburgh Parish, an association of several urban United Methodist Churches in the Pittsburgh district. With support from Church Union, these churches connected for seasonal worship and social and management experiences.

  • Our Daily Bread (formerly the Northside Congregate Feeding Program) provides meals and other services on a weekly basis to the underserved and unemployed on Pittsburgh’s Northside.

  • 8th Avenue Place, which provides drop in services and support in Homestead, collaborated with United Methodist Church Union during 8th Avenue’s development.

  • Manchester Reading Program, a reading and mentoring program, was developed by United Methodist Church Union to serve the under-privileged children in the Manchester Elementary School in Pittsburgh’s Northside.

  • Work Teams are organized by United Methodist Church Union to provide hands-on services such as clean-up, building, and technical support to areas devastated by natural disasters or blighted by poverty.

  • Kids Meal Network was developed by the United Methodist Church Union to connect children with summer meals in some of Pittsburgh’s most underserved neighborhoods.