Above: J&L’s South Side Works, 1988, photographed by The Pittsburgh Press Sunday Magazine.
In the early 1980s, steel mills and factories throughout the Mon Valley were closing and being abandoned. A national research organization said the region was facing the same devastation as a community that had been overwhelmed by a natural disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake.
In a cover story, the Pittsburgh Press Sunday Magazine asked, “Who can save the Mon Valley?”
On Dec. 1, 1988, a coalition of community development groups, founded by residents and business owners who were concerned about the future of their hometowns — who wondered if their hometowns even had a future — came together to create the Mon Valley Initiative.
This Dec. 1, Mon Valley Initiative will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Although there are still many challenges, the answer to the question, “Who can save the Mon Valley?” has turned out to be, “All of us, working together.”
Over the past 10 years alone, MVI real estate projects represent more than $40 million in direct investment in participating communities.
Every year, we provide first-time homebuyer counseling to about 300 people, and financial coaching and job-searching assistance to another 300 people.
And if someone enrolls in our innovative workforce program and completes it, we have more than a 60 percent success rate of helping them find a new or better job. That includes people who have overcome serious personal challenges, such as addictions, divorces and criminal backgrounds.
If you haven’t yet made a pledge to our annual giving campaign, why not consider making a donation of $30 in celebration of our 30th anniversary?
P.S.: If you prefer to send a check or money order, please make it payable to “Mon Valley Initiative” and send it to Mon Valley Initiative, 305 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, PA 15120. Please, do not send cash: Mon Valley Initiative donation form
Above: 1307 Bell Ave., North Braddock, before and after MVI rehab.
Mon Valley Initiative is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of Internal Revenue Code, and your gift may therefore be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution where permitted by law. Consult the IRS or a tax professional for information.