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Our story…

Open Hand Ministries builds community!  Here’s how:

We meet weekly to network, build trust, learn financial best practices, create community goals and learn from each other. We meet weekly in East Liberty to rehab houses, clean properties, set retaining walls, and eat pizza.

We meet annually to participate in the Pittsburgh Marathon. OHM Walks the Lake Together is our event for this year and our community is excited to walk together around North Park Lake, safely in this pandemic, to get in shape, get fresh air, be with friends, and raise funds for Open Hand Ministries through our group participation.

We invite you to join us - as a walker - or as a donor. Sponsor any one of us or our whole team! Help us build welcoming community in Pittsburgh.

Thanks !


Help us raise money for participating in 2021 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend


Team members

Click on one of our team members below to make a donation.

e.g., John, Smith, or jsmith@example.com

Laura Ristau

Raised: $500.38

Kate Fissell

Raised: $297.14

Team captain

Betticlare Shimada

Raised: $269.65

Will Hignett

Raised: $108.20

Michael Strunck

Raised: $0.00

Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
May 27 Frederica Fissell Good luck with the project, thank you for your service $27.48
May 20 Anonymous Go Team OHM Walks the Lake! Go OHM Community! Undisclosed amount
May 15 Anonymous $54.10
May 15 Anonymous We APPRECIATE YOU Will!! Your OHM Community Family $300.00
May 14 Gary and Gina Ristau $107.35
May 14 Naomi Shimada $54.10
May 14 Koji Shimada $54.10
May 14 Kenji and Betticlare Shimada $107.35
May 11 Tiffany and furry friends Woohooo!!!! Go team Laura :) $22.15
May 10 Anonymous Undisclosed amount