“When I came here, it was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. I worked on the railroad for twenty years, had a catering business, then came in here one day six years ago. Volunteered for two and half years, and I’ve been on staff [at the Center for Hope in Ambridge] ever since.

I’m thankful that the Lord wakes me up everyday. I’m here to put a smile on everyone’s face who comes in that door. That’s what I’m here for. Everyone who comes in here is a blessing to us.”

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Erin Ninehouser loves photography for its ability to reveal truths and insights that are often too difficult to capture with words. She believes, as Garrison Keillor says through his troubled yet triumphant character Barbara in Pontoon, that “the only sermon that counts is the one formed by our actions.” A native of New Castle, Erin has made her home in Ambridge where she lives happily with her wonderful husband Dave, their three adorable and hilarious cats, and their “old gentleman” dog, Max. Erin is excited to help tell the stories of the people of Beaver County. You can see more of her work on Facebook and connect on Instagram or Twitter.