Who We Are

BTC Center, Inc. is a non-profit community resource and operates as a 501(c)(3). Its projects include (i) A food pantry serving approximately 300 individuals. Under the leadership of Donna Taylor, the food pantry works to reduce hunger and support healthy living. (ii) A community garden, Planted in Homewood serves over 200 individuals a season. Under the leadership of Melissa Terrell, the PIH garden provides fresh vegetables, classes on how to grow and maintain a garden for all ages and is Autism friendly. (iii) Senior programs provide educational classes on several topics, including computers and healthy living.

BTCC’s priority is to protect the public health and safety of Homewood and the broader Allegheny County community. During the pandemic, the services BTCC offers are critically needed as many families face recent job loss and anxieties about family sustenance.

BTCC serves individuals and families with varying incomes and psychosocial backgrounds, but most of its served individuals and families are low income and minority, particularly of African American ancestry. BTCC serves all age groups. We hope that you will join us in being a resource for our community.

Why Choose Us?

At the BTC Center Inc., we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our cause. Since 2000, we’ve been supporting our community members in a variety of ways and measuring our success not by monetary size, but by more qualitative measurements such as the scale and effectiveness of our efforts. Just imagine what we can achieve together!

Our mission is to help BUILD THE COMMUNITY by addressing food insecurity, public health and safety issues that are the result of health and social disparities and other identified needs of disadvantaged communities.

In 2020-2021 the BTC Center, Inc. developed programs to address community needs during the ongoing COVID pandemic. While continuing to meet the needs of our community by alleviating food insecurity through our Food Pantry and PIH community garden. In addition to community outreach efforts to address identified gaps in the Black community, including COVID vaccination and the technology divide, particularly with seniors. 

To help eliminate isolation some of the seniors might have experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic, we offered free basic computer skills training to community residents. Classes were geared to individuals with limited or no background in using computers. The seniors learned about operating a computer, using the internet, and accessing on-line platforms such as Zoom. Additionally, the classes include how to use computer applications such as Microsoft Word.