Heinz House, as members from my era called it. I was an active member there for 10 years and it influenced me tremendously, shaping my values and providing a pathway to developing leadership and collaborative skills that I use on an every day basis today. The program exposed you to many different types of activities - from sports to public speaking to running events and leading a tent-full of campers. The greatest strength of Heinz House is the path the develop for you - as a young member you get introduced to structure while having a ton of fun - both during regular activities and at summer camp. As you continue through the program, you quickly begin to value the concept of service, responsibility and the duty for assuming a leadership role in helping the younger members. This institution carries many multi-generational families - including mine - and the one common trait every member possesses after being a member there is the idea of respect and servitude for "the House".
"It takes a village to raise a child." Bob, Jen, Charlie, Dave, Chris, Chuck, Lynn, Cathy, Mr. P., Val, Paul, Kyle, Dan, Gary, Cindy, Mr. and Mrs. Basil, Miss Kitty, Miss Dee and Mr. Bill, Phyllis, Jim, Gary and the hundreds of others that have touched our lives, Those mentioned are the staff, volunteers and Board members of Sarah Heinz House that have helped in raising our two boys. Without each of you (and all of those not mentioned) Liam and Nick would not be who they are today. THANK YOU.
Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation
When our children first brought home the application for Heinz House our initial thought was, "This is a big time commitment, but let's give it a try." Three years later, I don't know what we would do without this place!!! We are at Heinz House every single night of the week participating in activities such as swim team, robotics, gymnastics, swim lessons, and design factory. The staff is friendly, encouraging, and loving. They take a true interest in our children and our children love the activities and spending time with their peers outside of school. The summer camps are as awesome as the programs that are offered during the school year. If you want to find a facility where your child can try many different activities, this is it! The choices are abundant!
Once a year I attend the Hamburger and Steak Dinner sponsored by SSS. I am amazed at the childrens' behavior complete with a greeting and a wide smile; their engaging attitude always ready to show interest in you; the etiquette that the children demonstrate at the table ready to use the correct tableware and carry on an interesting conversation. I look forward every year to attend the dinner and "Catch Up" with the students to evaluate their growth (both physical! and maturity.)