Not Your Average Joe

By Audrey Prisk Point Park News Service The heavy tang of shoe polish oozes onto the sidewalk and lingers around a heavy glass door that advertises shoe shines for $1, the lowest price in downtown Pittsburgh. Nestled in brick on downtown’s Fourth Avenue beneath a five-story parking structure, Joe’s Shoe Repair shop holds shelves lined with pairs of shoes snuggled... Read More

First Presbyterian church of Pittsburgh welcomes all

Reverend Hall welcomes members of his congregation not only from downtown, but from all over the Pittsburgh area. Photo by Carl Bloss. The First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh’s first cornerstone was laid in 1903. The congregation and faith in the area dates back to the Revolutionary War. Photo by Carl Bloss. Reverend Thomas M. Hall, II stands with his wife... Read More

CRU provides outlet for student faith

By Abby Mathieu Point Park News Service As members of a Christian soft rock band began playing “None, but Jesus” in a small room set up for a Wednesday night church service in North Oakland, college students singing along raised their hands in praise of the Lord. Read More

Justice for animals thrives through shelters

By Celeste Begandy Point Park News Service Humane officer Ron Smith entered the basement of an abandoned house in Garfield. He found two dogs, a malnourished pit bull and boxer, frightened and near death. After a series of convulsions, the pit bull died en route to the veterinarian, while the skin-and-bone boxer hung on. After six months of intense physical... Read More