Monthly Archives: March 2014

Akoya Proudly Supports East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM)

Pittsburgh’s East End has been served by EECM since 1970, when the leaders of 18 local faith groups joined forces to aid homeless adults and at-risk youth. Now EECM operates its initiatives – including temporary housing, feeding, recovery, drug prevention, and educational programs – out of a light-filled 56,000-square-foot community house, launched in October 2013.

Doug Cooper & Stefani Danes collaborationOccupying what was once a blighted lot, the facility boasts a LEED Platinum certification for energy and environmental design. Akoya will soon complete a five-year commitment to the $15 million capital campaign behind this extraordinary new resource. A not-to-be-missed feature is The Once and Future City, a massive 25-foot-tall mural in the gathering room. This collaboration by muralist Doug Cooper and architect Stefani Danes, who worked on the project with summer day camp youth, depicts the ever-changing nature of the East End, celebrating both its “gritty” past and dynamic future.