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Our Story

PitCare, Inc. grew out of a vision that two couples had for becoming good neighbors in the economically challenged town of Pitcairn, PA. By moving into Pitcairn in 2010, this vision became a reality. Pitcare, Inc. was formed and attained its 501c3 Non-Profit status in June of 2014. By March of 2015, PitCare, Inc. hired its first Executive Director, who also took up residence in Pitcairn.

From the onset PitCare, Inc. has focused its resources on empowering families, building community, and promoting economic stability to the town in Pitcairn, PA

To carry out its mission, PitCare:

  • Purchased and renovated two commercial buildings, two 3-bedroom apartments, and two single-family homes.
  • Operates the local Pitcairn Food Pantry at its Broadway Street Location. Providing food for 120 families annually.
  • Collaborates with the “St. Paul’s Meals on Wheels" Program by providing space to prepare 21,000 meals per year for 51 residents in Pitcairn and Trafford, PA
  • Provides affordable housing to three Pitcairn families,
  • Hosts weekly Girls Clubs providing homemade dinners and mentoring activities to approximately 35 elementary through high school age girls,
  • Manages a program refurbishing and giving away on average 30-35 bicycles yearly and offers maintenance workshops for the youth.
  • Sponsors and coaches a Pitcairn team for “Kids of Steel”, an award-winning, free youth physical activity, and nutrition program designed to instill lifelong, healthy habits in over 30 children annually.
  • Organizes Baking, Cooking, and Nutrition Classes for 15 residents
  • Operates a Summer Reading Program for over 80 children ages 3 through 5th grade over the summer months.

Each of the above programs has grown from modest beginnings to reaching a greater number of children and families in the community.

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Mission

Our Mission

Empowering Families

Rebuilding Community

Economic Stability

Community Engagement

Leadership Team

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Jeffrey R. Owen

Executive Director

Jeffrey R. Owen Executive Director is a founding member and former President of the Corporation. He earned his Law Degree from the Ohio State University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio after earning degrees in Political Science and English from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He has been practicing law for 33 years and has been the Managing Partner of the Cooper Owen & Renner Law Firm for the last 18 years. Jeff has served in leadership and board capacities for numerous companies and Christian ministries such as President of SeeJesus.net, a Member of the Standing Judicial Committee for the Presbyterian Church in America, and a Session Member of both Beulah Presbyterian Church and New Covenant Presbyterian Church. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Young Life Ministry’s Gateway/Franklin Regional Committee, and as a board member with Uniquely the Same. He and his wife, Dawn, have three daughters and three grandchildren. They currently reside in Pitcairn.

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Gary J. Agate

President and Director

Gary J. Agate President and Director is a founding member of PitCare. He retired from Turner Dairy Inc. as their Director of Operations. He currently acts as our Facilities Manager, runs the Next Level Retiree’s Group, the Bike Shop, and is constantly involved in all aspects of our organization. Gary is a Deacon and former Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He and his wife Carol are the parents of seven children and 21 grandchildren. They currently reside in Pitcairn.

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Dawn R. Owen

Treasurer and Director

Dawn R. Owen Treasurer and Director is a founding member of PitCare and serves on the Development Committee. She provides very valuable organizational and financial management expertise to our Organization.  Dawn earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Sciences at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa and a Paralegal Certificate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She began her career as a paralegal in the early 1990's and quickly became and remains the Office Administrator, Business Manager and Senior Paralegal for the law firm of Cooper Owen & Renner, P.C. Dawn has also served as Treasurer of New Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Development Director and Board Member for Trinity Christian School. Dawn and her husband Jeff have three daughters and three grandchildren. They currently reside in Pitcairn.

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Stephen Uber

Secretary and Director

Stephen Uber Secretary and Director earned an Associate’s Degree in Administration from Penn State, a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry from Crown College and a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry & Leadership from Liberty University.  Stephen is the Vice President and Area Director of S&T Bank. He was ordained in 2010 and became an Associate Pastor in charge of Youth at Crossroads Vineyard Church until 2013 when he left to help church plant Harvest Bible Chapel in Monroeville. Stephen and his wife Cory have three children.

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Doug Rehberg

Director

Doug Rehberg Director has served as Senior Pastor of Hebron Church since January 1991. He holds a BA in Political Science from Gordon College, a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University, a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary. Doug worked for seven years as a Policy Analyst with Metropolitan Dade County, Florida and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. before beginning his pastoral ministry in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Doug has previously served on the Board of Directors of Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of “The Blessing Board” located in Oakmont, PA. He and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters.


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Heather Luimes

Director of Operations

Heather Luimes Director of Operations comes to us from Ontario, Canada. Heather oversees the daily operations of the PitCare organization. She is passionate about building community relationships and meeting the specific needs of Pitcairn. Heather was previously employed as a Store Manager at Home Depot, and brings with her 9 years of leadership and management experience in a variety of roles. She was an active member of Talbot Street Church, serving as a member of the Worship Committee and was involved in leading worship. For eight years Heather has also participated as a member of the planning and host teams for “Serve” sites through Youth Unlimited. Heather earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Calvin College as well as a Degree in Interior Design at Sheridan College. Heather currently resides in Pitcairn.

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C. Scott Parsons

Director of Advancement

C. Scott Parsons Director of Advancement works closely with the Board through Vision Casting, and Development, as well as having oversight of the Kim Parsons Library and Community Center. Scott formerly served as PitCare’s first Executive Director. Scott earned his M.Div. degree in 1991 from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott has served as a senior pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America denomination for 26 years. He also served on the Boards of Covenant Theological Seminary, Trinity Christian School, and Mon Valley Circles. Scott and his late wife, Kim, have eight children. He and his wife Terry currently reside in Chattanooga, TN along with their three daughters.

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Carol Agate

Director of Development

Carol Agate Director of Development is a founding member of the Board of Directors and oversees our Grant Writing and Fundraising. She also acts as our Volunteer and Communications Coordinator. Carol attended The Sawyer School of Business where she graduated with a Certificate of Secretarial Science in 1985. She is a former Medical Assistant and Paralegal. She currently owns her own business Agate Services, LLC. She has previously served on the PR and Development Committees of Trinity Christian School and the Missions Committee of New Covenant Church in Monroeville, PA. She has been involved in Women’s Ministry for over 31 years, and currently serves as the Women's Ministry Director at the Presbyterian Church of Pitcairn. Carol and her husband Gary have seven children and 21 grandchildren. They currently reside in Pitcairn.

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Steff Knabe

Project Manager for the Kim Parsons Library & Community Center

Steff Knabe, joined the PitCare team in February 2018 as the Project Manager for the Kim Parsons Library and Community Center. Steff oversees a team of volunteers who are busy preparing the Library for its Grand Opening, as well as coordinating the "Build a Better World" 2018 Summer Reading Program. Steff has also been involved in fundraising efforts for PitCare. Steff graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse until retiring in 2014 as an Infection Control Practitioner from UPMC. Steff has also served as the Women's Ministry Coordinator at Hebron Presbyterian Church from 2007-2017. Prior to serving at Hebron, she spent 8 years on the Leadership Team for Community Bible Study. She has also served as a Children's Teacher and Teaching Director and Leader in her community. Steff and her husband Craig have two children and two grandchildren.

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Connected Organizations

Connected Organizations

St. Paul’s Meals on Wheels program
www.stpaulsmealsonwheels.com

Uniquely the Same
www.uniquelythesame.org

Pitcairn Assembly of God Church
www.pitcairnag.com

Presbyterian Church of Pitcairn
www.pitcairnpca.org

YoungLife Gateway
www.pittsburgheast.younglife.org