Military Ministries

Community Care for the Military

The mission of Community Care for Military (CCM) is to come alongside military families and veterans in our community and assist in meeting their physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs as an expression of our gratitude for their selfless sacrifice and service for us. It is our desire to help others gain an understanding of today’s military culture and experience. We have developed strong partnerships with veterans and professionals in our area.

If you know of a military family in your midst, please let them know that we are here for them. We have numerous ways you can get involved and show your appreciation and care for our service men and women in our community:

Our CCM Support Group is offered for family members whose loved ones are currently serving. We pray with one another about the challenges that come with military life. The CCM Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM at Memorial Park's Hope House.

The CCM Planning Team provides opportunities for people to participate in tangible ways. The CCM Planning Team meets on the second Thursday or each month at 7:30 PM in Memorial Park's Hope House.

CCM is a partner with Operation Strong Mind. Their mission is to maximize military community members' potential and social resilience by bridging the gap between the military experience and civilian communities through education, advocacy, and meaningful interpersonal intervention.

We have a number of ways for you to get invovled throughout the community in support of our service men and women. 
These dedicated sisters and countless volunteers send boxes to troops deployed overseas. Each month a group from Memorial Park heads over to Ellwood City to help assemble their wonderful boxes full of necessary and seasonal items. You can collect items for care packages and/or contribute to help cover shipping costs. You can also participate in their monthly packing day, which occurs on the third Tuesday of every month. Find out more at
The mission of Veterans' Breakfast Club is to create communities of listening support. Much has been learned in the past decade about the healing benefits of veterans sharing their stories. No two stories and experiences are alike. These are held monthly rotating in four areas in Pittsburgh. To register or see their schedule go their website or call 412-623-9029. Their North Hills meeting often meets at Grazie located in Wexford at the Oxford Athletic Center. You can also serve and/or cook for this thrice-annual breakfast honoring our veterans. Contact Jamie Dean for details on the Veterns' Breakfast Club schedule at Memorial Park and how to get involved.
Fleece Connection is a non-profit organization serving active duty military and veterans. Fleece Connection provides weighted fleece blankets to Veteran Association hospitals and homeless shelters across the United States. Host or attend a workshop to make blankets of comfort for veterans and soldiers. You can also make a blanket and donate it by following the instructions here. Check out the Fleece Connection website for more information.
  • Offer support to a local reservist or deployed military family and show that you care through sharing their burdens. 
  • Sign Cards for our troops to be sent out via Operation Troop Appreciate.
  • Recognize veterans for all that they have sacrificed and offer us upon their return.
  • Come alongside those who struggle with transition to civilian life and help them find their new, purpose-driven mission.
  • Pray for the troops and veterans whose struggles cause them to contemplate and/or attempt suicide. (Approximately 22 veterans a day commit suicide. #Project22 #Mission22)
Wounded Warrior Project
The WWP staff work to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in our nation's history; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. To find out how you can donate and support WWP, please visit their website for events in our area.

Military Psychological Services (Dr. Roger Brooke, Ph.D., Duquesne University)
MPS offers free counseling and support to military service members who have served or expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts (OIF/OEF), to the veterans of those conflicts, and to their families and loved ones. He helps them regain a sense of self and to deal with the stresses of war and re-entry. It is completely confidential and there is no time limit. Services are provided to those in active duty, Reserve or Guard units. Dr. Brooke states, "We provide help to any of those who might be struggling with issues related to the psychological trauma of war, as well as separations and the cycles of deployment, homecoming, and reentry to civilian life."

Stand Down Pittsburgh: Shepherd's Heart Ministries
Stand Down is a day-long homeless Veterans services fair. Each year we offer breakfast, lunch, 60 health and community service providers, entertainment, barbers, clothing, and supplies. 2014 details will be announced here as they are confirmed.

Army Strong Community Center
ASCC provides support and resources to all branches of current military members and their families as well as veterans. They serve as a "virtual installation" to assist those who are holding down the home front when their loved ones deploy. For more information or to refer someone, please contact Lisa Ellek @ 1-800-400-2650 ext. 8314