Shepherd’s Heart
(recently renamed “House of Hope” )

With the assistance of Nancy Cochran who champions the development or fund raising arm of Shepherd’s Heart, I had the honor of providing artwork to Shepherd’s Heart in an effort to further enhance this ever evolving facility. It was my distinct pleasure to work with Pastor Mike Wurschmidt, the leader of Shepherd’s Heart along with his very humble and capable staff. What a wonderful organization reaching out to homeless veterans in need and doing all they can to “Leave no Veteran Behind.” Please take a moment to read about this tremendous charitable organization below.

Please take a moment to read about this tremendous charitable organization below.

Shepherd’s Heart Veteran’s Home!

Approximately 33% of Pittsburgh’s homeless are US Veterans. When Veteran’s Administration Chaplain Mike Wurschmidt left the US Air Force to begin his ministry among the poor and broken, he never knew that so many of the homeless in our nation’s cities were combat veterans from the Vietnam War. Over the next 22 years, Chaplain Mike and his wife, Tina, have been reaching out to the poor and homeless, including our veterans, in cities across our nation. Since June 1993, they have been in the trenches of Pittsburgh helping the homeless.

Shepherd’s Heart Veteran’s Home (SHVH) also known as the House of Hope (HoH) is a transitional housing for homeless Veterans. The Veteran’s Home is a collaboration between Pittsburgh Veterans Affair’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV), Comprehensive Homeless Center (CHC) and Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship, a parish of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. The collaboration aims to achieve a continuum of care for homeless Veterans. There are approximately 1500 homeless veterans on any given night in Allegheny County. In 2006, Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship was awarded a grant from the VA to renovate the second floor of the church and turn it into an “ Engagement Center”. The program aims to service male veterans who are homeless and may have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse problems, mental illness, dual diagnosis, and those who are disabled. The aim of SHVH is to restore honor and dignity to those who have served our country.


  • Outreach to those veterans living on the streets who otherwise would not seek assistance
  • 12 long-term sheltered transitional bedrooms, 3 acute care bedrooms, case management, and rehabilitation
  • Employment assistance and life skill training
  • Supported permanent housing
  • Clinical assessment and referral to needed medical treatment for physical and psychiatric disorders, including substance abuse, by partnering with the Homeless Veteran Health Care (HVHC) team

Please prayerfully consider volunteering or supporting them with a financial contribution. Plenty of great information can be found on their website

Did You Know?

Howard is a resident of Bethel Park, PA and an award-winning National Park/Nature Photographer. He has participated in many of the top juried fine art shows throughout the United States. In addition to his work with nature, he photographs his hometown of Pittsburgh. Many public and private organizations, hospitals, universities and the general public have purchased his work for over 29 years. He has also partnered with numerous non-profit entities.

His “Inspirationals” product line consists of framed photographs that are aligned with faith-based messages in the matting and have found their way into the hands of people from all walks of life including such notable preachers as Franklin Graham, Rick Warren and John MacArthur. Like most who enter this profession, his pathway has been full of twists and turns; but, God’s grace and guidance has continuously blessed him along the way. Visit his website or contact Howard directly for additional details.

Town Planner series of calendars

blichfeldt-3In 2018, I was asked to provide the artwork for the Town Planner series of calendars. This calendar was provided free of charge to over 110,000 homes in the Pittsburgh Southern suburban communities. This opportunity to reach such a large audience throughout the year was exciting, humbling and a privilege.