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 200 individuals and (ii) a community garden. The food pantry, under the leadership of Donna Taylor, works to reduce hunger and support healthy living. During the pandemic, it is critically needed as many families face recent job loss and anxieties about family sustenance.
BTCC’s priority is to protect the public health and safety of the Homewood and broader Allegheny County community. BTCC serves individuals and families with varying incomes and psychosocial backgrounds, but most of its served individuals and families are low income and considered a minority, particularly of African American ancestry. All age groups are served. We hope that you will join us in being a resource for our community.

How Can I Help?

EDUCATION

Start an avocado orchard, send a child to school or invest in a single

HEALTH

Discover how far your investment dollars can go to assist families and vulnerable

FOOD

Our support creates self-sustaining, powered communities

Why Choose Us?

The purpose of the BTC Center Garden called Planted in Homewood (PIH), is to provide gardeners (of all ages) with access to fresh foods, exercise, knowledge of gardening, and tips on healthy food preparation. The garden, was initially started by Aftyn Giles, Ashley Byrd, and Karla Byrd, they transformed a vacant lot into an urban green space.

Eating locally produced food and having access to green space can significantly restore the well-being of a community. In 2018-2019, the garden harvested an assortment of greens, peas, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, beets, and herbs and met our goal to provide healthy organic food to families. Some of the vegetables were served to those attending the Baptist Temple church’s community Thanksgiving dinner.

With the pandemic we realized we needed to expand the garden and use it to serve the community with fresh produce, education for the community and help feed the homeless. Under the leadership of Missy Terrell, support from Aftyn Giles and the community we have exceeded our expectation.

Please check our calendar frequently for upcoming events.

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Become A Volunteer

When a community gets access to clean water, it can change just about everything. It can improve health
increase access to food, grow local sio economies, and help kids.

Vision Statement

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!