Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry

Saving Families. Saving Lives.

Pittsburgh, PA   |


Building hope and promoting healing and learning through faith-based counseling and support services.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Ron B. Barnes LSW

Main address

800 McKnight Park Drive Suite 802

Pittsburgh, PA 15237 USA

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Formerly known as

North Hills Youth Ministry Counseling Center



NTEE code info

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry serves children, teens, adults, and couples who are struggling in school, work, family life, relationships, and other areas of daily living. The organization addresses various issues and problems, including anxiety, depression, anger, loss/grief, low self-esteem, self care, conflict, addiction, abuse, relationship problems, peer pressure, bullying, school problems, and parenting struggles.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Counseling for Individuals and Families

Licensed counselors work personally and confidentially with individuals and families to address various issues/problems, including anxiety, depression, anger, conflict, addiction, abuse, grief, relationship problems, peer pressure/ bullying, and parenting struggles.

Population(s) Served

Certified teachers and volunteers provide one-to-one support to children with significant academic struggles. The program empowers students in grades K-12 to become more confident and independent learners by fostering skills needed for success in the classroom and beyond. Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry accepts sliding-scale fees based on household income.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Licensed therapists and community educators facilitate therapeutic, peer-to-peer support groups with populations in need, including single mothers, women struggling with self-care, parents, and bereaved widows/widowers.

Population(s) Served

Licensed therapists and community educators facilitate community presentations and workshops to address various issues and strategies in parenting and mental health.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Older adults
Young adults

Where we work


Solihten Institute 2021

Affiliations & memberships

Solihten Institute 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry's goals include:

1. Support and empower children, teens, and adults who are struggling with everyday mental health issues/problems.

2. Support and strengthen couples and families who are struggling with challenging circumstances and experiences, such as a loss of a loved one, relationship problems, and trauma.

3. Create and sustain safe and conducive spaces for populations in need to meet, connect, learn, and build trusting support networks with peers facing similar challenges.

4. Support and empower students who are struggling in grades K-12 to become more confident and independent learners.

5. Support and empower parents to use effective strategies and skills in order to foster stronger and healthier youth.

6. Ensure all community members have access to needed mental health and educational programs and services regardless of financial resources.

Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry accomplishes these goals by:

1. Increasing community awareness of the organization and the availability of mental health and educational programs and services locally through outreach to schools, churches, social media networks, and neighborhoods/communities.

2. Strengthening core programs and services by adding new specialities and components (e.g., play therapy counseling for young children).

3. Creating new therapeutic support groups (e.g., group for parents of children with ADHD) and expanding existing support groups (e.g., group for single mothers and their children) based on local needs and demands for programs and services.

4. Providing community educational presentations and workshops addressing parenting and mental health issues and strategies.

5. Targeting program/service expansions at local communities that are under-resourced and/or isolated from existing offerings by gaps in transportation and affordability.

6. Growing sliding-scale programs for clients who are uninsured, under-insured, or facing significant financial hardships through grants, special events, and other charitable contributions.

Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry is a team of licensed and experienced professionals committed to serving community members and families of all faiths and backgrounds. Our approach integrates emotional, relational, and spiritual healing with a focus on building stronger families and healthier communities.

Our mental health services are provided by Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Our academic services are provided by certified teachers, experienced classroom educators and skilled volunteers.

Since 1966, Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry has supported mental health and educational needs in our community.

Each year Anchorpoint delivers 7,600+ counseling sessions, 1,200+ tutoring/mentoring hours, and 70+ therapeutic support group sessions and workshops. Anchorpoint's continued growth is fueled in part by charitably funded programs serving community members who are uninsured, under-insured, or under-resourced. Grants and donations are used to help subsidize more than 3,300 individual, family, and group counseling sessions as well as all tutoring/mentoring sessions annually. Anchorpoint is continuously exploring new opportunities and partnerships to enhance programs/services and extend its reach/impacts to communities and population groups in need.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Community members of all ages, faiths and backgrounds, regardless of insurance or ability to pay

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on feedback, Anchorpoint recently renovated a waiting area to make it more conducive for children and families. The new space includes benches where young children can sit together with parents, workspaces and welcoming colors and decor.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    All feedback from surveys and comments is collected, analyzed and presented regularly to the Board and staff to assess trends and identify opportunities for improvements.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,


Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry

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Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Ogle


Term: 2019 - 2022

Jeffrey Gmuer


Aaron Mickens

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Ronald Pusic


Al Thomson

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Bill Dambach

UPMC Senior Communities / North Hills United Presbyterian Church

Manny Schnepp

Bureau of Disability Determination

Curtis Fleming

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Brian Hardy

Hardy & Co. LLC

Diane Zebrine

Retired School Counselor

Wayne Desbrow

Retired Marketing/Communications

Scott Kelly


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Matt Glunt

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Rose Adams

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Janey Roach

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Renee Georgi

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Jim Ogle


Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/29/2021

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.