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5:31 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Settlement Houses Then And Now: Fulfilling The Needs Of Their Community

Photo circa 1940s, Caroline Mission, Lafayette Park in St. Louis a settlement house now known as Neighborhood Houses
(Photo Courtesy: Neighborhood Houses)

When settlement houses were founded in the United States in the late 19th century, the idea was for educated middle-class or upper-class individuals to settle in impoverished areas, and through their influence and resources help lift their neighbors out of poverty.

Perhaps the most famous American Settlement House was Chicago's  Hull House, founded by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Star in 1889.

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