We, Pittsburgh Mercy and Trinity Health, serve together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming, healing presence within our communities.
Operation Safety Net®
Donations raised by Pittsburgh Mercy will benefit Operation Safety Net. Operation Safety Net is our innovative, award-winning medical and social service outreach program for persons who are experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.
In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers, an internal medicine physician at Pittsburgh Mercy, partnered with street-savvy individuals who were formerly homeless. Together, they made "house calls" to persons who live on the streets of Pittsburgh. They made street rounds at night, in the alleys and under the bridges of the city. Operation Safety Net and the concept of street medicine were born. The program received start-up funding through a Pittsburgh Mercy Care for the Poor Fund grant. Operation Safety Net became an official Pittsburgh Mercy outreach program in 1993. Dr. Withers continues to serve as the program's full-time medical director.
Today, in addition to street outreach services, we also offer:
- A mobile medical unit
- Wellspring Drop-In Center (a daytime drop-in center)
- A Winter Shelter
- Housing and care management services
- Physical health services
- Legal assistance
- Referrals to other Pittsburgh Mercy services
- Referrals to other community resources
About Pittsburgh Mercy
Pittsburgh Mercy is a person-centered, population-based, trauma-informed community health and wellness provider. We're a health care home and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). We have an enduring legacy and steadfast mission: to be a compassionate and transforming, healing presence within our communities. We reach out and meet you where you are in life. We welcome you. We place you at the center of your care. We empower you to make the decisions that you believe are best for your situation. We address your needs -- body, mind, and spirit. We strive to deliver an exceptional experience to you and -- to every person we serve. All of our services are community-based. The variety and depth of services we offer helps us to serve your needs in a complete and continuous way. Whether you need help with your recovery, housing, or to find a job, we're here to help.