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118 Years of ‘Kids First’ Traditions

Sarah Heinz House is a Pittsburgh institution, serving the area’s youth for 118 years running. Started as the Covode House in 1901 by Howard Heinz, son of Heinz Corporation founder H.J. Heinz, the organization was an innovative recreational and social facility for boys. In 1903, the Covode House became the first organization of its kind to permit girls. By 1913, the club had become so successful that it outgrew its space. A new building was constructed and named in memory of Howard’s mother, Sarah. In the 1930’s, Sarah Heinz House became one of the first members the national Boys and Girls Clubs of America, an affiliation which continues. The building still stands at our current location and features a brick and stone exterior with stained glass windows depicting the concepts of character and virtue.

 Today SHH offers well over 100 programs for youth from age 3-18, as well as Silver Sneakers and adult fitness programs. After-School membership, for an annual fee of just $25, is available to all school-age children and teens and includes fitness and social wellness programs, free meals daily, and access to many drop-in programs and areas. Members and non-members may also sign up for electives like sports leagues, swim lessons, and robotics for low costs. We also offer robust summer programming, including at our resident camp facility near Ellwood City, where campers have enjoyed the outdoors for 90+ years.

Whether you are a teen looking for a part-time job or a cool place to hang out, a parent looking for swim lessons for a preschooler, or an adult looking for a community to connect with as a volunteer or donor, we want to invite you to our House!