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Chicago, IL (May 14, 2016) – Northwestern Settlement celebrated 125 years of service in West Town and the greater Chicago community. Founded in 1891, the Settlement has spent more than a century working to break the cycle the generational poverty in Chicago, and open doors to better futures.
On Saturday evening Settlement staff, Board members, Auxiliary Board members, and supporters came together to celebrate the success of Settlement programs and toasted to another 125 years of nurturing, educating and inspiring children and families across Chicago.
Ron Manderschied, President of the Settlement said, “The Settlement has had a long history, and has been there for the West Town community through so much – from two wars and a depression, to the recent recession, we’ve watched the neighborhood change, and we’ve changed right along with it. We love being a part of this community, and the city, and we’re looking forward to another 125 years of creating better futures for everyone who walks through our door.”
During the event, Manderschied announced the launch of a capital campaign to raise $13 million. The campaign, in honor of the Settlement’s 125 years, will allow the organization to expand its capacity and services offered. To date, the Settlement has raised $11.6 million.
Through integrated programming to serve children and families, the Settlement has been successful by innovating and adapting with the changing times. Current programs include: early childhood education and Rowe Elementary charter school, which will graduate its first class of 8th graders in June; Adventure Stage Chicago, a professional theater for young people, telling heroic stories that youth in Chicago experience, is the only North American theater invited to participate in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Home Away festival in October; the Settlement has been providing a food pantry and emergency services to West Town residents from the beginning and currently serves more than 3,900 individuals; AmeriCorps Project YES!, puts mentors and volunteers in Settlement programs to enhance and increase their capacity; and House In The Wood, connects 1,100 children year-round with nature through hands-on STEM experiences in a traditional camp environment.
About Northwestern Settlement: The Northwestern University Settlement House opened its doors to its neighbors in 1891 in order to provide an opportunity for a better future. The Settlement’s success results from a commitment to treating every person who enters its doors with dignity and respect, while supporting them with transformational programming designed to interrupt the cycle of poverty. While the mission has remained the same, the programs offered has changed and adapted in response to changes in the community, economy and society. The Settlement has led the way in innovative programming by offering residential science and environmental education for inner-city youth, launching successful charter schools and adding a theater so children and teens have a forum for expressing their life experiences. Learn more at www.northwesternsettlement.org.