Pittsburgh

Contact Information

Pittsburgh House
3400 Iowa Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States
Tel: 412-930-0877
Email:  pittsburgh@bruderhof.com

Established: 2016

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About Us:
In 2016, we founded a small house community in the city of Pittsburgh, which is a 1 ½ hour drive north of our two larger communities, New Meadow Run and Spring Valley. By establishing a house here we can more readily interact with our many friends in the Pittsburgh area, and be an urban touch point for our more rural locations. Currently our community is made up of one married couple and several young adults.

Setting:
We are located in the historic Schenley Heights neighborhood, adjacent to Oakland and within walking distance of the main Pittsburgh universities and hospitals. We have a deck overlooking the city, a perfect spot to relax after a day of work or study. We have a small back yard as well, which provides an ideal space to gather for worship meetings, hold Bible studies, or to welcome our neighbors and friends for a barbecue. A few blocks up the hill is a reservoir, one of the highest points in the city, and a favorite destination of ours where we can walk and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Pittsburgh.

Connecting with Neighbors:
We live in an ethnically diverse neighborhood with a wonderful mix of families and students from all parts of the world. Our neighbors have welcomed us warmly, and we enjoy interacting with them as much as we can. We appreciate the opportunities to participate in local church services, street festivals, concerts, and various other events in our neighborhood. Members volunteer with civic or charitable organizations such as the Open Hands Ministry, the Salvation Army Family Shelter, the Jubilee Soup Kitchen, and local hospitals.

Point of Interest:
Our house is a beautiful 100 years old, reminding us of the history of this area. A couple blocks away is the setting of the 2016 film Fences, produced and directed by Denzel Washington, starring himself and Viola Davis. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson, a Pittsburgh native, and depicts the life and racial struggles of the 1950s.

Pirates fans will enjoy the fact that we live a few houses down from where Roberto Clemente lived and our neighbors tell us fascinating stories about his life and legacy.

Several current residents describe life at the Pittsburgh Bruderhof:
Naomi Meier

Naomi: I am twenty-eight and live at an intentional Christian community house here in Pittsburgh’s Upper Hill district. Like the other eight students living together here, I study at the University of Pittsburgh, PA. I walk fifteen minutes every morning to the Pitt School of Dental Medicine where I am in the third year class. My days are interesting and variable, and center around providing patient care in the main Dental School clinic and its associated Pediatric, Emergency, and Special Needs Departments. I have developed some good friendships with classmates through the ups and downs of dental school, and enjoy inviting them home to our house for dinner or a seasonal barbecue and game of corn hole out back. A highlight of my week is attending a Friday night Bible study, dinner, and ice-breaker activity on campus with students from other programs. So far my most memorable activity was our Pumpkin Derby, an activity which involved carving pumpkin “cars” and racing them down a ramp! Who said college students couldn’t have fun?

Peter Clement

Peter: My wife, Francisca, and I are house parents in a small Christian community here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We are both in our fifties, and most of our six children are away from home now. So we really enjoy living together here with several young people who work here in the city or attend school. Our intentional community consists of our main house and two small apartments close by. Being in close proximity to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and other institutions gives us many opportunities to interact with students and staff from all over the world, and work with various civic and faith related organizations. We have also enjoyed making many new friends in our immediate neighborhood. One event that affected our house community was the shooting at the nearby Tree of Life synagogue. As tragic as this event was, we saw how the people of our city came together in solidarity, and we were privileged to spend many hours at the makeshift memorial, standing with those who have suffered so much. This spirit of community continues on today. We feel blessed and privileged to be able to have this opportunity to connect with and support those around us who are working to further the cause of justice, peace, fellowship, in the service of God here in our city.

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