With just over 2,000 people on a half square acre of land, Rankin is tiny. Yet despite its size, the borough’s reputation extends throughout the region. This is due in part to the good work of the Rankin Christian Center.
Founded in 1904 by the American Baptist Home Missionary Society, the Center was designed to serve as the heart of the borough’s civic, social, medical and spiritual needs. Originally the building included an auditorium, a gymnasium, and a space for various social services including classrooms and physician offices. In the beginning the emphasis was on eastern European immigrants who were settling in the area and would frequent the Center to take a shower and attend English language classes. As the community evolved the Center grew as well in implementing programs to address the changing needs of the Mon Valley.
Over the years the Rankin Christian Center has continued to grow as a vibrant community and human services organization. We provide a multitude of support services through the following programs.
Bingo at the Rankin Center
Mon Valley Support Coordination is a well-known and well-respected program that helps with locating coordinating and monitoring services that improve the quality of lives for folks diagnosed with an intellectual disability and/or Autism.
Senior on the Move Program provide older adults in the community with socialization/recreation, health and wellness programs.
Food Pantry Program distributes food to local residents who are in need of food and food products and have financial difficulties.
Children and Youth Programs provide an After School Program, Summer Camp and Youth of the Nation.
These programs provide a safe, nurturing environment that both stimulate and promote all youth to develop physically, spiritually, intellectually, socially and emotionally. The After School targets ages 6-12 and the Youth of the Nation works with youth ages 13-18. The After School Program works with APOST, STEAM, STEM and partners with the Swissvale Library and provide a warm meal every day. Summer Camp is full of fun educational and physical activities and exciting fieldtrips. Our Youth of a Nation works on life skills, community service projects and team building. All youth programs encourage, support the growing needs of our youth to make a better tomorrow.
A N Minney Scholarship award graduating seniors in the Woodland Hills School District who have enrolled in either a College or Trade School. We also award students who are currently enrolled in a College Degree or Trade School Program a smaller scholarship as well. Since 1970 the Center has raised thousands of dollars through private donations to make these scholarships possible.
The Rankin Christian Center is a vibrant organization working in a vibrant and diverse community. Our staff, volunteers, and donors are the essence of the organization, without who our great work would not be possible. Over the years our visions has remained true and our doors have remained open to the wonderful heritage we represent. As our Executive Director Darlene McGregor would say “Our Goal…Our Motto…Our Mission…Because nice matters.”