Northside Common Ministries is a non-sectarian, non-profit, community-based organization established in 1982 by a collaboration of 30 local churches to meet the increasing needs of the homeless population. At Northside Common Ministries we are committed to building that bridges that connect our neighbors in need to an improved quality of life while tearing down the walls that keep the hungry and homeless from success.
An affiliate unit of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, NCM operates the Pleasant Valley Emergency Shelter for men who are homeless, the Northside Community Food Pantry, and a Permanent Housing Program for men with disabilities.
Our work is supported and facilitated by hundreds of volunteers, including members of more than 60 church congregations who provide evening meals for Shelter residents throughout the year.


Our Mission

NCM’s mission answers the call “to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and receive the stranger,” and the prophet’s call to “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.”
“Then the Righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
~ Matthew 25: 37-40

How You Can Help

In addition to financial contributions and participation in our fundraising activities, there is always a need for collections of much needed items.  Consider coordinating a food drive, housewares drive or toiletries drive at your church, school, community group or office.
Details about organizing these drives can be found on our Get Involved page or by contacting Jay Poliziani, Executive Director of Northside Common Ministries, at 412-323-1163 or


Northside Common Ministries Board Members (2018-2019)

Advisory Board Chair
Lynn Landis
Vice Chair
Mark Nootbaar
Josh Blum
Director of Northside Common Ministries
Jay Poliziani
Board Members
Mark  Bibro
Jennifer Behun
Pat Bibro
Rev John Cawkins
Linda Andrews Ehrlich
Loleda Moman
Patrick Reilly
Wendy L Roehrich Hall
Barbara Simpson
Saima Sitwat
Eugene Thomas
Linda Ulrich
Emeritus Members
Becky Coger
Bill English
Kerri Harmicar
Mike  Sparlin


Staff Representatives:
Ella Holsinger, VP of Human Services, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Jay Poliziani, Director of Northside Common Ministries
Mike Smith, President/CEO, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Eric Yenerall, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania