Friday, April 22, 2016

Thomas Merton Center Advances Talks on Affordable Housing as Thrift Store Celebrates 20 Years

"In the Middle" hosted by Filmmaker,Chris Ivey
Thomas Merton Center, (5123 Penn) an icon itself has an iconic Thrift store located at the heart of the Garfield arts corridor. And as Pittsburgh celebrates its 200th year,"Thrifty"--a super project of the nonprofit--is celebrating its 20th year as part of the city's business community. Open to the general public in 1993, Thrifty has worked with over 100 homeless programs to give under served families vouchers to shop for their needs free of charge. On it's anniversary, Thrifty gives thanks to its store managers and volunteers who help them assist organizations like Renewal, Sojourner House, the National Urban League and others. Normally not open in the evening, Thrifty will be open for the Geek Art/Green Innovator's Festival on May 6 after their usual hours. They will open starting 10 am and stay open until 9 pm. Items will be out on the sidewalk weather permitting. Come get a recycled bargain!

Volunteer Lynne Tests some old technology
Then at 5129 Penn Avenue, Thomas Merton Center hosts "In the Middle," a discussion about gentrification and Affordable Housing. Chris Ivey, creator of the introspective film, "East of Liberty," will guild community through an exploration of race, class in the controversy arising from Pittsburgh's redevelopment.

Vol/Alice Wilson; Mgr,/Shawna Hammond; Vol,/Mig Cole; Mgr/ Shirley Gleditsch

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