East End Neighborhood House

In 1907, Hedwig Kosbab, a Hungarian immigrant's daughter, began teaching English to children on her porch. Four years later her organization was incorporated and became the East End Neighborhood House. The organization served the Buckeye, Woodland, and Woodhill areas and was led by influential board members such as Samuel Mather, Rollin White (founder of White Consolidated Industries, co-founder of American Ball Bearing Company, and founder of Baker Motor Vehicle Company), and O.P. Van Sweringen. In addition to ongoing English classes for children, the East End Neighborhood House began other clubs, summer programs, and craft classes. Two classes for adults entitled "Understanding Your Child" and "Home Nursing" were created in 1959. A new "Taking Off Pounds Sensibly" program began in 1961 that had group therapy discussions every week. The East End Neighborhood House also collaborated with other organizations and groups to put on events such as Circus Day and the Soap Box Derby. The organization increasingly became a self-help group. It also gained an African American focus because of racial transitions in the Buckeye neighborhood beginning in the 1940s. Prior to this, the area had held many Hungarian, Slovak, and Italian community members.

East End Neighborhood House moved into its building at 2749 Woodhill Road in 1916. The organization is one of the few settlement houses in Cleveland that remained fairly constant in its location. A $100,000 addition was built in 1950. The sum was raised over a two year period. Philip L. Small was the architect. The president of the East End Neighborhood House at the time was Frank L. McFarlane. The addition contained a large room with a stage, lounges with a kitchen, sewing rooms, woodworking and ceramic rooms, craft rooms, and a photographic dark room. The East End Neighborhood House served more than 4,000 people at that time and had a daycare for children and older individuals, programs for children, transportation, a gardening center, music and art programs, and vocational training for high school dropouts.

Today, the East End Neighborhood House remains in its 2749 Woodhill Road location and is thriving. It still offers daycare and after-school programs for children and services to the elderly. The organization now offers home visits for children at risk and hosts Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

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