For Immediate Release – NEW SEWICKLEY, PA – On Palm Sunday 23 years ago, Hosanna Industries was founded. Three mission workers, a used donated pickup truck, and a budget of $30 thousand allowed for 13 projects completed that first year. Now, starting its 24th year, Hosanna Industries has done nearly $50 million of charitable construction work for a cost of less than $14 million.
“We are profoundly grateful for the many ways in which the Lord has used the gifts, skills, and generosity of so many people in our world to allow us privilege of helping those in need during the past 23 years,” says Reverend Dr. Donn D. Ed, executive director of the mission.
On Palm Sunday, March 24th, at four thirty in the afternoon, Hosanna will host a short service in the Morledge Chapel on their campus in New Sewickley Township. Here, the 10 full-time mission workers will be recommissioned for service to the needy, like many of them have done for multiple years in a row now. Afterward, the Community Center on Hosanna’s campus will be dedicated to the Glory of God in memory of Bob and Bernie Kennedy, with an informal reception to follow.
In the past 23 years, many lives have been changed by Hosanna Industries. Over 2500 impoverished homeowners have been helped with free home repairs, over 150 houses have been built for those in need, 143 mission workers and over 150,000 volunteers have learned the construction trades and the benefits of providing hope. Two and a half million miles have been travelled, and over 50,000 tons of materials have been used, while approximately 10 former mission workers are now running their own companies with training that they received from Hosanna Industries. Countless individuals, churches, businesses, and foundations have provided for the success of the mission.
About Hosanna Industries:
Hosanna Industries, Inc. is a faith-rooted, 501 (c)3 non-profit organization in southwestern Pennsylvania that was founded in 1990. The mission includes new construction and repair/rehabilitation services for low income homeowners; leading volunteers in disaster recovery; and training young people in the trade skills to give them a hope for the future. Their typical single client household in 2012 had an income of less than $13 thousand a year. Hosanna Industries depends on the generosity of others to complete their work. For more information please visit www.hosannaindustries.org.