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For 125 years, Northwestern Settlement has nurtured, educated, and inspired children and families in need in Chicago. Focusing on changing lives through education, social services, and the arts, Northwestern Settlement’s programs are fully integrated to meet the complex needs of our neighbors.
Since its founding in 1891 by Northwestern University as an independent and financially separate institution, Northwestern Settlement has served Chicago’s West Town community by offering wrap-around services that meet the holistic needs of the predominantly low-income, minority, and immigrant populations we serve (our "neighbors").
Through a variety of wrap-around programs and services, Settlement staff and volunteers serve more than 40,000 neighbors each year. Current programming includes Rowe Elementary School, after school activities, year-round residential camping at House In The Wood, Head Start, Food Pantry, Emergency Service Program, Adventure Stage Chicago children's theatre, Neighborhood Bridges arts outreach, AmeriCorps, and the Golden Agers seniors club.
All programs are interwoven to provide a continuum of opportunities to the families who access our services. The Settlement provides resources to neighbors in three key areas: assistance for the immediate short-term crisis; knowledge, opportunities, and support to break out of poverty over the long-term; and access to a network of additional programs and services.