Our Story

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 those 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 and male-identifying individuals age 18 and older, the Northside Food Pantry, and a Permanent Housing Program for those 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

  • Volunteering
  • Financial Contributions
  • Fundraising Events
  • Donation Drives (as needed items)

For more information on how to get involved in these efforts, visit our Get Involved page or by contacting us at 412-323-1163 or info@ncmin.org; Northside Food Pantry, at 412-323-1170 or volunteer@goodwillswpa.org; or Pleasant Valley Shelter, at 412-321-4272 or info@ncmin.org.

Northside Common Ministries Board Members (2021-2022)

  • Chair: Linda Ulrich
  • Vice Chair: Mark Bibro
  • Secretary: Pat Bibro


  • Kim Evert
  • Todd Hall
  • Keinna Johnson
  • Robert Koehler
  • Denise Moore
  • Mishaal I Paniwala
  • Eva Shaltes
  • Ebony Taylor

Emeritus Board Member/Committee Assistants

Becky Coger

Bill English

Mike Sparlin

Staff Representatives:

Monique McIntosh, President/CEO, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Robert Stape, Chief Operating Officer, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Elaine Malcolm, Development Coordinator, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Rebekah Fombelle, Vice President of Human Services, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Kwabena Danso-Ayesu, Senior Director of Housing and Community Services, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania