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New York City Housing Authority Ingersoll Community Center

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New York City Housing Authority Ingersoll Community Center

The Bronx

New York, United States

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177 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States, New York, The Bronx 11201

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At the turn of the century, the Lower East Side was flooded with new immigrants living in poverty, nurturing a dream, and struggling to adapt to their new country. University Settlement Society of New York HistoryInto this overcrowded urban neighborhood came a group of reformers — people like Stanton Coit, Charles B. Stover and Carl Schurz — who settled in the community, became intimately acquainted with its problems, and recognized a need for change. They didn't believe the answer to the immigrant's poverty was a hand out or paternalistic charity. Instead, in 1886, the three men established University Settlement — a physical, psychological and spiritual haven where people of all ages, from all countries and every walk of life could seek advice, assistance, education or a simple respite from the harsh realities of everyday life. With University Settlement, the American settlement house movement was born and other settlement houses soon followed, on the Lower East Side, in Chicago and across the country.

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