In 1996, Hosanna House, Inc. was established through community funding and with the help of more than 500 volunteers. The four-story, 125,000 sq. ft. building was completely renovated over an 11-year period from 1995-2006. On any given day, 1,000 community residents visit the center to receive or deliver services.
In 2003, Hosanna House acquired the Sherwood Event Center property, a 14-acre green space to meet the needs of its summer recreational programming. The nine-week summer camp serves over 500 children and youth from Wilkinsburg and surrounding communities.
Hosanna House is committed to serving children, families, and adults. Primary services provided are early childhood education, youth services, health and wellness programs, rental venues for the family celebration of life events and job creation and career services, fostering entrepreneurial efforts by supporting over five minority contractors and small business overs, yearly.
Hosanna Hosue is committed to and nationally recognized for delivering the highest standard of early childhood education since 2003, accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which is the highest quality standard in childcare. Additionally, statewide recognition by the Keystone Standards Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources and Support (STARS) and maintain a STAR-4 rating.
Hosanna House invests time, energy and talent into the youth of the community providing after-school programming for elementary, middle school and high school students, which includes homework assistance, physical fitness, social skills training and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming. Hosanna House offers a nine-week summer camp, Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm for over 250 children and youth. The summer camp structure provides recreational, educational and social activities that enhance learning, physical activity, and social development. In addition, Hosanna House developed the Regional Youth Collaborative that provides opportunities for youth living in surrounding areas to experience Sherwood.
Hosanna House maintains partnerships with a number of agencies and organizations to enhance programming and fosters continuous learning for children, youth and community residents: The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, The Boys and Girls Club Wilkinsburg Branch, and Tickets for Kids (r) Charities.