settlement house


: an institution providing various community services especially to large city populations

Examples of settlement house in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And its productions also traveled to prisons, reformatories, settlement houses and psychiatric hospitals. Adam Hochschild, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 After graduating from college in 1919, Liebes studied weaving at Chicago’s Hull-House, a settlement house co-founded by reformers Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr that hosted practical and artistic classes. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2023 Karamu’s origins go back to 1915 when it was founded as a settlement house. Joey Morona, cleveland, 14 July 2023 In the statement issued on Sunday, Jordan and the United States said that Israel had committed not to discuss the construction of new settlement houses for a period of four months, and not to authorize any new settlement outposts for a period of six months. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2023 Despite its leaky roof and gutted interior marred by vandals, a neighboring Gary church wants to transform the old settlement house, first established by Methodist women, into a vibrant community center. Carole Carlson,, 22 Oct. 2021 Walker also donated money to philanthropic organizations, including the St. Louis Colored Orphans’ Home and the Flanner Settlement House in Indianapolis, which became the first settlement house for Black people in the city. Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 29 Aug. 2022 Friendship House was a settlement house, one of many that popped up across the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 The settlement house’s history dates back to Gary’s early days when Methodist Episcopal church women established another building on Washington Street in 1912 to guide immigrants entering the city for work at U.S. Steel toward a Christian life. Carole Carlson,, 22 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of settlement house was in 1907

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“Settlement house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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settlement house

: an institution providing various community services to people in a crowded part of a city

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