Local Charity Suffers Major Flood Damage

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Those in need rely on local charities during the holiday season, but one organization needs some major help of its own.

The downtown Pittsburgh offices of Catholic Charities sustained massive flood damage after a third-floor sprinkler malfunction at its Ninth Street building.

It happened Tuesday and went undetected for hours. Tens of thousands of gallons of water tore apart ceilings, gushed through walls and soaked carpeting.

Most of the damage was to the Free Health Care Center and the Susan Zubik Welcome Center, which assists local refugees.

Those two venues are closed until further notice, but the staff is still serving clients and patients over the phone, and with referrals to other Catholic Charities locations.

Public relations Director Clare Kushma told KDKA-TV’s Kym Gable, “At this time of year when it is that giving time of the year, we ask for prayer, not just for Catholic Charities, but for those we serve. It’s a difficult time.”

Catholic Charities is the primary social service agency of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

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  1. BB says:

    Gee, maybe some of the proceeds from Vatican Splendors, or some help from the wealthiest church in the world could help them out.

  2. Constance says:

    DITTO BB, VERY on point, couldn’t have said it better.

  3. Mr. Hop says:

    Did the save the chior boys?

  4. Allen Wolk says:

    What ever you may think of the Catholic Church and its hierarchy, the local sisters do wonderful and necessary work. It is THEIR efforts which should be lauded and rewarded.

  5. The FloodDoctor says:

    Catholic Charities does great work for the needy in the community! What a lousy time for this to happen.

    I see from a water damage prospective (my business) they appear to be doing everything right way to dry out there offices. Hopefully the building has insurance for this loss. It would be a shame if the money for repairs has to come out from their budget (which goes to the needy).

    I wish Catholic Charities well and to keep up the good work! Their work is very much appreciated.

    The Flood Doctor
    http://www.puritanflood.com

  6. CYRIL LUKAS says:

    ITS SAD IT HAPPENED I AM SURE THERE IS INSURANCE OF SOME KIND AND THE CATHOLIC REALM IS NOT HURTING FOR MONEY AFTER ALL THE GOOD WORK THEY DO IS BECAUSE OTHERS GIVE TO THEM OK MAINLY FOR TAX PURPOSES……I AM SURE ALL THE DAMAGE WILL GET FIXED I WOULD LIKE TO BE THE CONTRACTOR THAT GETS THIS JOB…CYRIL

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