New Persons Award


Founder of Thrifty,
& Thrift Store Volunteers

2014 New Persons Award Winner

Shirley Gleditsch and the East End Community Thrift Store Family

On May 23, 2014, Shirley Gleditsch and the East End Community Thrift Store (also known as “Thrifty”) Family of volunteers were honored for their 21 years of service to our community for recycling gently used donated clothing, furniture and household items.

The award gave us the opportunity to thank these advocates for making Thrifty, a completely volunteer effort, available for low-income families and the community at-large! Funds raised from the event supported the Thomas Merton Center, which provides financial support for Thrifty, and 24 other fantastic peace and social justice projects, in the greater Pittsburgh area.

The Thomas Merton Center works to build a consciousness of values and to raise the moral questions involved in the issues of war, poverty, racism, classism, economic justice, human rights, and environmental justice. TMC engages people of diverse philosophies and faiths who find common ground in the nonviolent struggle to bring about a more peaceful and just world.