Operation Safety Net http://wesa.fm en Annual Candlelight Vigil to Remember Homeless Deaths http://wesa.fm/post/annual-candlelight-vigil-remember-homeless-deaths <p>As a part of National Homeless Persons Memorial Day, a Pittsburgh nonprofit is hosting a candlelight vigil to remember those who have died homeless in 2013.</p><p>Operation Safety Net, a program by Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, will host the vigil under the bridge that connects Grant Street to Fort Pitt Boulevard in downtown on Saturday, Dec. 21, the longest night of the year.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:15:42 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 21466 at http://wesa.fm Operation Safety Net Emergency Shelter Opens Early http://wesa.fm/post/operation-safety-net-emergency-shelter-opens-early <p>Operation Safety Net’s Severe Weather Emergency Shelter opened two days early this year with more than four times the expected turnout.</p><p>When the temperature drops down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s Operation Safety Net opens a Severe Weather Emergency Shelter at the Smithfield United Church of Christ in downtown Pittsburgh to protect homeless people from the cold.</p><p>The shelter has overnight accommodations, social services and medical care.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:50:35 +0000 Jessica Nath 20030 at http://wesa.fm As Temperatures Rise, City's Homeless Population Especially at Risk http://wesa.fm/post/temperatures-rise-citys-homeless-population-especially-risk <p>With the heat reaching 90 degrees all this week, the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have been opening and extending the hours of cooling centers for the elderly — but what about the homeless?</p><p>Dr. Jim Withers, medical director and founder of Operation Safety Net, said the homeless, especially those who are elderly, are at risk during the heat.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:52:20 +0000 Jessica Nath 13337 at http://wesa.fm