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History

East End Neighborhood House was founded in 1907 by Miss Hedwig Kosbab, who offered sewing classes to immigrant women in her mother’s home. The classes quickly expanded to include others, and Miss Kosbab’s program was moved to larger quarters on several occasions. It found its final home on the Van Sweringen estate in 1916.

East End followed the concept of traditional service delivery provided by other settlement houses. While services were provided on an individual basis, its overall concept was to foster community pride and identity and assist the community in collectively resolving their own problems.

Today, under the leadership of CEO Zulma Zabala—JD. MPA., EENH services 2500 individuals per year with various services: Early Learning and Youth Leadership Development; Senior Support/Advocacy inclusive of an intergenerational program with youth; Parent Support and Leadership services for ALL parents. Specialized services are available for: those with children that face behavioral/mental health challenges; and those seeking Culturally Competent Family Preservation tools to keep from foster care system involvement and to help families already in the system reunify with children when it is in the best interest of the children.

east end neighborhood house 1917

The East End Neighborhood House in 1907.

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