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United South End Settlements harnesses the power of our diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families.
Originally founded as Andover House in 1892, United South End Settlements (USES) was the first settlement house in Boston and the fourth in the United States. The Settlement Houses of the South End were founded by men and women who moved into struggling communities and worked alongside residents to address social justice issues, with the ultimate goal of strengthening families and building community.
The settlement houses sought to help people boost themselves out of poverty. To assist their neighbors, the houses established a range of programs; some began to specialize. Harriet Tubman House focused on housing and programs for young black women, many from the South. Camp Hale provided a place where neighborhood children would have a safe place to play and get access to fresh air and nature. The Children’s Art Centre provided exhibits and classes to expose children to paintings and sculptures.
Five Houses – Andover/South End (1892), Hale and Camp Hale (1895, 1900), Lincoln (1892), Harriet Tubman (1904), and the Children’s Art Centre (1914) -merged in 1959 to form United South End Settlements.