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Hurricane Harvey Response

01 September

In response to the inquiries we have received about our involvement in Hurricane Harvey rebuilding:

Yes, we anticipate helping needy households rebuild in the Houston area in response to widespread property damage and loss due to Hurricane Harvey.  We are prayerfully considering future efforts to act, not as “first responders”, but as “primary charitable rebuilders” after the water has receded and initial recovery efforts are underway.

Hosanna Industries travels to areas of disaster to help with the mobilizing of large groups of volunteers to build and repair homes damaged by tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, or other catastrophic events to bring hope and restoration to hurting individuals and communities.   We’ve worked after multiple disasters, including Hurricanes Andrew, Floyd and Katrina, among others.   In 2005, Hosanna assisted over 500 households with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Ivan flooded parts of the Pittsburgh region.  We are currently in the midst of rebuilding Richwood, WV, after the 2016 “thousand year flood,” and have helped 32 households so far  this year, implementing the labor efforts of our staff of mission worker, skilled subcontractors, and more than 900 volunteers.

Because of our extensive and varied experience with disaster relief and rebuilding, we see disaster recovery  as a multiple phase process.  These phases, can be described  as follows:

  1. Immediate emergency intervention (rescue, emergency relocation and temporary shelter/food/medical care, etc)
  2. Initial cleanup and utility restoration following the cessation of the initial calamity
  3. Evaluation and strategic community-based consensus building
  4. Actual physical rebuilding/reconstruction/repair
  5. Continuing analysis, evaluation, and long-term recovery problem solving

Our current news media culture often depicts disaster and recovery as happening almost simultaneously or suggesting that this be so, and public expectations sometimes project the same views. In the actual field of disaster recovery, this is not the case, should not be expected to be the case, and in many ways simply cannot be the case tactically and logistically.

It will take some time for the first few phases to be complete, and some funds.  In reality, the most expensive phase is #4, and the immediate fundraising that happens after a natural disaster is often meant for  or used toward the first two phases only.  Unfortunately, our culture has a short attention span and when the time for actual  rebuilding begins, the culture and news media will have moved on to new topics, while Houston is left trying to rebuild, at costs initially estimated to be some $40 billion dollars.

 

Hosanna Industries is requesting a few things:

  1. Prayers for people affected by Hurricane Harvey
  2. Let us know if you were personally affected, or have any connections with agencies in the area that may need help with rebuilding efforts.  We are specifically looking to help under-insured or under-resourced homeowners.  (The Washington Post estimates that 80% of those affected do not have flood insurance.)
  3. Keep us in prayer as we explore the possibilities, come up with a plan, and begin fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and organizational  efforts.

About Hosanna Industries: Hosanna Industries was founded in 1990 as a faith-rooted, non-profit mission whose work involves a variety of charitable initiatives aimed at helping our needy neighbors.  By the grace of God and through the mechanical and aesthetic arts, mission workers at Hosanna Industries build and repair homes for needy households; teach and lead classes and workshops in art, nature and spirituality; and train young people in construction skills.  Since our founding in 1990 Hosanna Industries has provided around $52 million worth of charitable work to the community for around $15 million.  We depend on the generosity of others to complete our work.

 

Hosanna Industries planning West Virginia relief

30 June

HOSANNA INDUSTRIES PLANNING WEST VIRGINIA RELIEF

Charity fundraising and organizing to rebuild for impoverished households after recent flooding

 

Hosanna Industries is exploring opportunities to help relieve the horrible suffering that has resulted from the catastrophic flooding last week in West Virginia.  The mission is currently investigating possibilities and developing key relationships with local people of faith who are influential in their communities.  We will shortly be sending ambassadors to the area to identify particular needs.

Current needs:

  1. Please uphold the mission in prayer as Hosanna Industries discerns the directions we believe the Lord is leading, and please remember all of the people in the Southeastern WV region who have suffered so gravely.
  2. Donate online towards Hosanna Industries’  future work in West Virginia mail a check to 109 Rinard Lane, Rochester, PA 15074.  Mark gifts “West Virginia,” and all gifts received will go toward rebuilding efforts there.
  3. Contact Hosanna Industries (724-770-0262) if you know of anyone who was underinsured or living in poverty and was affected by the recent flooding in West Virginia.

Hosanna Industries travels to areas of disaster to help with the mobilizing of large groups of volunteers to build and repair homes damaged by tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, or other catastrophic events to bring hope and restoration to hurting individuals and communities.  In 2005, we assisted over 500 households with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Ivan flooded parts of the Pittsburgh region.  Hosanna Industries has done work after multiple disasters, including Hurricanes Andrew, Floyd and Katrina, among others.

Media and Fundraising Contact: Amanda M. Becker

About Hosanna Industries: Hosanna Industries was founded in 1990 as a faith-rooted, non-profit mission whose work involves a variety of charitable initiatives aimed at helping our impoverished neighbors.  By the grace of God and through the mechanical and aesthetic arts, mission workers at Hosanna Industries build and repair homes for needy households; teach and lead classes and workshops in art, nature and spirituality; and train young people in construction skills.  Its typical single client household last year had an income of less than $20,000 a year. Since its founding in 1990 Hosanna Industries has provided around $52 million worth of charitable work to the community for around $15 million.  It depends on the generosity of others to complete its work.

Holy Week Blitz Build 2016

12 March

BLITZ BUILD PROVIDES NEW HOME

Hosanna Industries to construct house in four days

What: Alexa and Jim, in Sandy Lake, Mercer County, will have a brand new home that is handicap accessible, where their trailer with rotting floors once stood. Due to Alexa’s health conditions, she will soon be wheelchair-bound and unable to navigate in their trailer. Hosanna Industries intends to build their home as a “blitz build”.

How: Hosanna Industries’ “blitz builds” are made possible with volunteer labor, donated and discounted materials and a uniquely organized building method which compresses the length of construction to four days. The house will be built and move-in ready; complete with furniture and appliances by the fourth day.

When: Foundation will be laid and walls will be built by Hosanna Industries staff and volunteers prior to the blitz week. Work will begin at 8am on Monday, March 21, Holy Week, and the house will be complete by Maundy Thursday, March 24. On Thursday, March 24 at 2pm, Hosanna will host a dedication of the home which is open to the public.

Who: Hosanna Industries’ staff of nine will lead the build, and approximately 60 volunteers from Illinois and Virginia who were previously scheduled with Hosanna, will assist all week. The First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown will also assist, as well as Mars National Bank.

Current needs:

  • Nearly $10,000 is still needed. Donate online or mail a check to “blitz build” 109 Rinard Lane, Rochester, PA 15074
  • Discounted or donated building materials

Rev. Dr. Donn Ed, founder and executive director of Hosanna Industries, said, “We are grateful for this Holy Week opportunity to provide new hope for another needy family in the name of the Carpenter of Nazareth who provided new hope for the whole world because of the events of the first Holy Week that happened 2000 years ago.”

Media and Fundraising Contact: Amanda Becker

New Galilee Blitz Build

04 June
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLITZ BUILD PROVIDES NEW HOME

Hosanna Industries to construct house in four days

NEW GALILEE, PA-
What: Shirley, in New Galilee, Beaver County, will have a mortgage payment for a new home that is less than what her monthly utility payments were while living in her trailer. Hosanna Industries intends to build her home as a “blitz build”.
How: Hosanna Industries’ “blitz builds” are made possible with volunteer labor, donated and discounted materials and a uniquely organized building method which compresses the length of construction to four days. The house will be built and move-in ready; complete with furniture and appliances by the fourth day.
When: Foundation will be laid and walls will be built by Hosanna Industries staff and volunteers prior to the blitz week. Work will begin at 8am on Monday, June 22 and the house will be complete by Thursday, June 25. On Thursday, June 25 at 12pm, Hosanna will host a dedication of the home which is open to the public.
Who: Hosanna Industries’ staff of 10 will lead the build, and 60 volunteers from Wisconsin and Ohio who were previously scheduled with Hosanna, will assist all week.
Current needs:
Some furniture and household items for the homeowner
Lunches and drinks for workers
Rev. Dr. Donn Ed, founder and executive director of Hosanna Industries, said “We are thrilled as a mission celebrating our 25th anniversary year of service to have this great opportunity once again to blend the gifts of faith and work together along with our hammers, hearts, and hands,  in witnessing another one of God’s needy children move from the despair of poverty housing to the dignity of a new and very affordable permanent home!”
Media and Fundraising Contact: Amanda Becker
About Hosanna Industries: Hosanna Industries, Inc. is a faith-rooted, 501 (c)3 non-profit organization in southwestern Pennsylvania. 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. Its typical single client household in 2014 had an income of less than $19,000 a year. Since its founding in 1990 Hosanna Industries has provided nearly $50 million worth of charitable work to the community for less than $14 million. It depends on the generosity of others to complete its work.

Hosanna Industries to celebrate $50 million in charitable work

20 March

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hosanna industries to celebrate nearly $50 million of charitable work
Local Nonprofit Mission Celebrates 23 Years of Service on Palm Sunday

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.

Contact: Amanda M. Becker, office phone 724-770-0262 or email [email protected]

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.

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