Northwestern University Settlement House Association provides resources that help individuals and families to take control of their lives. It operates on the principle of individual and family self-help, and the philosophy that every person deserves to maximize his or her potential to become a productive member of society. Through more than 70 programs and services, the Settlement staff and volunteers serve approximately 7,500 low-income neighbors each year with crisis assistance, learning opportunities, and support to break out of poverty over the long-term. The majority of programs fall into three main categories: Youth, Arts, and Social Services. Education is woven into all areas.
Short-term crisis programs include a food pantry—helping 2,000 individuals and families each year; financial assistance for rent, utilities, and medical emergencies; scholarships for grammar school, high school and college students; consulting and advocacy for crime victims, immigration needs, financial problems; and Christmas baskets provided each year to families with food, toys & clothing.
In April 1998, the City of Chicago granted a charter to Northwestern University Settlement House Association to open a small public charter high school. Noble Street Charter High School is situated in the Settlement House building. Noble provides educational alternatives within the public school system for all Chicago students willing to learn in a rigorous academic environment. The curriculum focuses primarily on developing excellent reading, writing, and math skills, with strong environmental science and foreign language components in addition to the use of art to help teach. Technology is integrated into all subject areas, and many extracurricular activities are offered. The school graduated its first senior class in 2003.
One of their important youth programs is House In The Wood Camp. Located on Lake Delavan in rural Wisconsin, the Camp provides an opportunity for children and teens from economically disadvantaged families in Chicago to benefit from the outdoor camp experience. Using traditional camp activities, it offers campers positive alternatives to negative urban lifestyles. Special attention is given to leadership development.
Additional programming includes a pre-school, an after-school program, a teen program, an arts-in-education program that partners with more than 50 public schools, an AmeriCorps program, a senior citizens club, a mothers club, and English as a Second Language and computer-based adult education classes.
Northwestern University Settlement House
Ron Manderschied, President
1400 Augusta Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60622
Published on December 16, 2003