Thomas & Katherine Detre Library Archives Treasures: "Making Good"


By December of 1913, an inmate discharged from the Allegheny County Workhouse could be given a business card printed with an address: 32 Lacock Street, North Side. There, a four-story building containing bedrooms, lounge areas, and a kitchen offered what might have been the only shelter available to those without family connections or employment prospects. Opened officially in January 1914, the Pittsburgh Parting of the Ways Home served thousands of recent ex-offenders in its 33 years of operation, providing meals, a bed, and a clean suit until their first paycheck could bring independence.

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