All Charity Stories



Building Strength and Gaining Friendships

June 15, 2017 | By Melissa Petruzzi | Mon Valley YMCA

Sis Bethem is not a typical 88 year old woman. She has endured six fractures and seven hospital visits since 2012, including time in intensive care with her initial fracture.

What sets Bethem apart from the norm is how she decided to handle her recovery. Bethem began utilizing the Mon Valley YMCA to work out after completing physical therapy with each fracture.

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A New Day

June 13, 2017 | By Susan Gartland, edited by Delfine Bredniak | Washington City Mission

As a child, Pete started to consume alcohol when he was just six years old. He was a curious child and spent a lot of time at his grandparents home while his parents worked. His curiosity led him into trouble when he started sneaking beer from his grandfather and father. He liked the way beer tasted and especially how it made him feel.

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Saving Danny

June 12, 2017 | By Dorothy Tecklenburg | Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team "Washington County Animal Response Team"

Danny didn't have much time. The water was rising on the sinkhole he had fallen into and if he did not get out, he would drown. As the water rushed in, he struggled to climb out, but the crumbling walls would not allow him to escape. If someone could not get Danny out, he could die.

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Volker's Story

May 31, 2017 | By Dorothy Tecklenburg | Washington Area Humane Society

A huge dog with a major injury. Those are the two strikes Volker, the Great Dane mix, had against him when he arrived at the Washington County Humane Society with a broken leg. His injury was so severe, the staff had to act fast or he would die.

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All the Help They Can Get

April 17, 2017 | By Kate Pendlebury | Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Eighteen year-old Jennifer and her long-term boyfriend, Lloyd, 20, first visited Catholic Charities' Washington County Outreach in November 2016, when Jen was still in her first trimester of pregnancy. The young couple was excited about their first baby, but they were already living on a limited income and knew that they would need "all the help they can get."

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Winning the Fight

March 21, 2017 | By Steven Shrenkel | American Cancer Society

Betty Papp lived a very healthy lifestyle. She didn't smoke or drink. She always took care of her body by exercising and eating right. Cancer never ran in her family so she never considered the possibility that she would ever develop it.

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