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Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.                       — Albert Schweitzer

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) calls drug abuse a “complex but treatable brain disease.” As private agency, we are free to find new, effective solutions to treat the unique problems associated with drug abuse.         If you’d like to help us treat this insidious disease, you can become part of the Alpha House community by making a contribution. There are several ways to do this. You can contribute by mail, through payroll deduction, or on-line, or you can contribute items on our wish list. All contributions are tax-deductible. 

If you cannot make a monetary contribution, consider contributing your time. We have numerous volunteer opportunities.

Contribute by mail 

If you’d like to contribute by mail, please make your check payable to Alpha House, Inc. and send it to:


Contribute through payroll deduction

If your company participates in the annual United Way campaign, you can make a donation that will go directly to Alpha House by checking number 356 in the Contributor Choice section of your United Way pledge form.         Each pay period, you can have a few dollars deducted from your paycheck. Those few dollars add up and go a long way in helping us to meet the complicated challenges of addiction.

In addition, Alpha House is a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) eligible charity. The CFC provides all federal employees the opportunity to “improve the quality of life for all…through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective.”         If your are a federal employee, you can donate to Alpha House through your CFC annual workplace giving campaign by designating CFC code 8962.

Contribute on-line

You can contribute to Alpha House on-line through United Way anytime. Just go to the United Way Web site at www.unitedwaypittsburgh.org and click “Click here to donate now.”         There are five simple steps to complete, starting with creating a user name and password. Each step includes easy to follow instructions.

You will designate that you want your donation to go to Alpha House in Step 3, Distribution. First, under “Please choose from the options below”, you must click the circle next to “No, Let me choose the organization(s) or another United Way organization”.         Towards the middle of the page, in the “My Agencies” section, click “Add an Agency”. You can either enter in the top half of the screen Alpha House, Inc and Pennsylvania and click “Search”, or you can enter in the bottom half of the screen Alpha House’s agency code 356.

This is a quick way to help our clients overcome their addiction problems.

Contribute items from our Wish List

Alpha House always needs linens and household items for our residents.         If you would like to contribute new items from the wish list that follows, you can send or drop them off at Alpha House, 435 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. If you do not want to shop for the items, but would like to take part in making our community more comfortable for our residents, consider contributing a gift certificate from a store like K-mart and we’ll do the shopping for you.

Wish list

35 Uniform bedspreads
35 Uniform twin set sheets
35 Pillows
35 Blankets
10 Area rugs
10 Fans
10 Battery operated alarm clocks
6 Irons/ironing boards with covers
Kitchen utensils (pots, pans, ladles, large forks, knives)
Aprons/pot holders/dishcloths
Vacuum cleaners


Volunteers are needed for mentoring, tutoring, taking care of the grounds and helping with building maintenance.  If you are interested, please contact:

Abdelhadi Elamin, Residential Director

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