Hosanna Industries received a surprise donation of a Lance airplane in December, 2011. The plane will be used primarily to fly mission workers to areas of disaster and poverty. The Lance has been recently updated, inside and out, and Hosanna plans to dedicate the plane in a short service of thanksgiving. Refreshments will be served after the ribbon cutting. All are welcome and invited to Beaver County Airport 15 Piper Street Beaver, PA 15010 on Sunday, July 20th at 2:00PM. Contact Hosanna at 724-770-0262 if you have any questions.
Why I do what I do
Homewood – one of the areas in western Pennsylvania that has become an area Hosanna Industries finds itself visiting on a regular basis. We have helped a lot of households in this particular area over the past several months. One day we were working on an elderly lady’s home in Homewood, doing some drywall patching, painting, and installing laminate on her kitchen floor. I was outside cleaning out the mud pans and knives when a lady, walking up the sidewalk, happened to stop and glance at our green tool truck. She preceded to ask me who is Hosanna and what do we do. I told her that we are a non profit and help needy households. She nodded her head and continued to walk. She then stopped again, turned back around and asked me the one question that definitely got my attention, “Why do you do what you do?” I have gotten asked this question more recently than I have over the past two years of being at Hosanna. My simple response that seemed to have caught her off guard was this, “because it’s what God has called me to do, to help people who need help.” This is why I do what I do; it’s part of the ministry of Jesus.
-Katie DeJournette, mission worker
5 Common Misconceptions about Hosanna Industries
1.Our name is Hosanna Ministries
Hosanna Industries is our name, and Hosanna Ministries is actually a different ministry organization that doesn’t have much in common with us. Hosanna means “rescue me now, Lord,” and the second half is Industries because we believe in the value of hard work. We are a ministry, it’s just not a part of our name. Read the story of our founding here.
2. We are “just like Habitat” or in fact a part of Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is another nonprofit charity that also provides some charitable construction. That describes how we are similar, but there are many ways that we are different. Habitat is an international organization, with different affiliates all over the country and the world. We are the only Hosanna Industries. Many of our clients would not qualify to be Habitat clients, as they don’t have the means to provide the sweat equity or to pay for the materials. We don’t have our own lending department, and we don’t have age limits for volunteers. Basically, although Habitat is a very well-known and reputable charity, we’re not them.
3. That we only work in the spring and summer
Although the “busiest volunteer season” for us is in the warmer months, we work all year round in all types of weather. Normally we use the colder months to complete interior jobs or jobs that may not require volunteer labor. You’re welcome to come work with us anytime of the year, not just summer!
4. That we only help with poverty in the city
Poverty is not just in the city, but also in the rural areas. Many times poverty in rural areas is not as evident, and does not get much attention from funders. We help our needy neighbors, whether that is in Hazelwood or Chicora or Cranberry Twp. There is need everywhere, and God’s work is everyone’s business.
5. Our mission workers are volunteers
Our mission workers are paid staff. Many of us felt the call to serve The Lord through Hosanna after or during a time when we volunteered. There are nine of us and we all wear many hats. We don’t get paid the market rate for contractors, directors, bookkeepers, fundraisers, etc., but that allows the donated dollars to stretch further and help more needy households. We work with hundreds to thousands of volunteers every year, and we always keep in mind that some day they may be working alongside us as staff.
Churches: Let’s help each other out!
Ways that we can help you:
- Facilities: We have spaces for elder retreats or business meetings.
- Volunteer Opportunities: We’ll provide a meaningful experience for all ages & skill levels.
- Church programs or services: We’d be happy to share a minute for mission, present a program about Hosanna, answer questions at a mission committee meeting, or fill-in preach.
- Mission trip training: We’ll teach you skills & techniques specific to your upcoming construction mission trip, so you are more prepared when you get there.
- Home repair training: We’ll teach you important things about maintaining a home at our Love Your Home Seminars.
- Preaching clinic: We’ll help the pastor recharge their preaching or teach a layperson to preach.
Ways that you can help us:
- Spread the word to your church family about who we are & what we do
- Donate regularly as part of your mission budget or hold a special collection
- Volunteer your time or talent on a construction project, the Harvest canning project, or teaching the trade skill learning center
- Pray for us as we share Christ’s love with our needy neighbors
- Pray for the clients that we haven’t gotten to yet
- Participate in special events: golf outing, trap shoot, festival of trees, pie sale, gift delivery, etc.
- Host a fundraiser (bake sale, car wash, play, concert, etc.) to benefit Hosanna
- Provide lunch for a volunteer group
- Hold a collection for items that we need (canning jars, first aid supplies, etc.)
Contact me if you’d like to get your church involved with Hosanna. I’d love to give you a tour of the mission and talk about specific ways that we can help each other in ministry!
-Amanda Becker, Mission Worker
A part of the work that I enjoy the most at the mission is a bi-weekly practice I call speccing jobs. Its a time when I hop in a green truck, sometimes with another mission worker, and go out to visit with potential homeowners to determine if their situation/ conditions are a good match for receiving help from the mission. Recently while visiting one of many clients we have on a long waiting list, I experienced one of the rare times, in roughly 2000 visits, where I found myself caught up in the plight of this new friend.
“Mrs. Smith” was a divorced woman of 57 years old who was taking care of her 34 year old bi-polar son and her granddaughter. She was a polite and very receptive woman to the offer of our help in replacing her hot water tank. She described that its been tough taking sponge baths in the sink for the past 4 months with a wash cloth. This was a straight forward, “easy” spec I thought to myself as my mind was preoccupied with moving on to the next visit. We started filling out paperwork and I explained to her that due to our current schedule, help in this case should be coming in about three or four days. She described to me that it would be best to keep in touch as to when we would be arriving because she would be going into the hospital. In my hurriedness I said ok I will and could you please sign here and here.
I stood up, shook her hand, and started for the door while smiling and thanking her for the visit. I decided to ask her what she was going into the hospital for and this is when the real visit began. She calmly said she was diagnosed with cancer three days ago and had to get some more tests done. She now had my attention. Shame on me. I asked her what type of cancer it was and she said she had three baseball sized cysts in her abdomen and that it was Ovarian cancer. I tried harder than any of the other visits I have made in the past 19 years to maintain my composure, but I became almost overwhelmed with emotion and had to turn away for a moment. I cried. I had lost my mom to Ovarian cancer three years ago and it really hit home. Her spirit was broken but her strength to want to care for her kids was remarkable. She had gone without hot water for four months and just wanted to take a hot shower before her doctor’s visit the next day. I prayed with her and said I would be in touch. She had hot water that same night, on Ash Wednesday.
I was excited to share this story with the staff! I was excited to be in a position to help this child of God. I am proud to work at a mission that can bring this simple type of help immediately. We are fortunate to have relationships with businesses that are in a position to donate the materials to install it. This visit once again reminded me that poverty of spirit can hide its face and we really have to look hard for it sometimes. You see, this woman had an income of only $8,000 a year and her house was impeccable. This visit reminded me once again that the mission is a hand that can open the doors to Hope in a persons life.
-Brian Hetzer, mission worker