Sisters Place, Groupon Grassroots team up to help local families

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Eleven single-parent families transitioning from homelessness to self efficiency will be provided with vital cleaning supplies to spruce up their newly acquired homes thanks to a partnership between Sisters Place Inc. and Groupon Grassroots.

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The families will receive a vacuum cleaner, broom,mop, dust pan, sponge, household cleaning products, laundry basket, kitchen towels set, bath towels and toiletries.

“The cleaning supplies are a component of comprehensive goal planning and case management that is provided for the families of Sisters Place,” explained Sisters Place Inc. Development Director Melissa Ferraro.

“The upkeep of their home is an important element of our programming. We believe this will help our residents to succeed. We recognize that need that extends beyond simply providing homeless families with housing. We strive to help our families to safely and successfully transition to independent housing.”

Located on Mitchell Avenue in Clairton, Sisters Place Inc. was founded in 1993 by a group of 14 Catholic religious communities who chose to serve the needs of the poor by providing housing and supportive services to single mothers and their children.

In 2011, Sisters Place Inc. has assisted a total of 49 families with housing; 16 with transitional housing and 33 with permanent housing. Since taking in its first family in 1997, the organization has helped more than 210 families overcome homelessness.

Although Sisters Place Inc. has helped so many Mon Valley families, organizers still felt there was a segment of the population that was not aware of the vital services that Sisters Place Inc. provides.

That’s why it teamed up with Groupon Grassroots.

According to Kyle Klatt, supervisor, Groupon was created out of a group action fundraising platform called The Point. As the Groupon community grew, the company’s collective consumer power helped people get great deals and discover fun ways to experience their cities. Since the summer of 2010, Groupon Grassroots connects Groupon users to people in their communities who want to do good, have fun and make a real impact in their communities.

The initiative provides people with several week-long community projects people can get in. Since its inception, Groupon Grassroots has teamed up with various Pittsburgh-based organizations including Tree Pittsburgh, Cancer Caring Center and the East End Cooperative Ministry.

“Like most people, we were familiar with the goods and deals that are provided by Groupon so when we discovered Groupon Grassroots we contacted them to see how an organization gets involved and we were delighted that they were interested in helping Sisters Place Inc.,” Ferraro said.

For Groupon Grassroots, helping Sisters Place Inc. was a no-brainer.

“Sisters Place had a unique campaign idea that has not be done in the Pittsburgh area done for Groupon Grassroots,” Klatt said. “Along with that, their project had an impact on the local community—something we are always looking for with Grassroots campaigns.”

From Nov. 5-11, the campaign raised $1,640.

“The campaign surpassed our expectations! We are overwhelmed with the generosity. This is the first time we have ever done anything like this. In order for non-profits to continue to provide the services that are so vital to our community, we need to become more creative about how we look for friends and funding,” Ferraro said.

Any non-profit organization interested in running a fundraising campaign using Groupon Grassroots, visit http://www.grassroots.groupon.com.

(For more information about Sisters Place Inc. should visit http://www.sistersplace.org.)

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