|Charles Settlement House makes our neighborhood better|
In the middle of a neighborhood overwhelmed by gangs, the Charles Settlement House is a popular, safe place that neighborhood kids can go to escape the rough streets outside.
At the Charles Settlement House – located at 445 Jay Street, I found that the most important thing to these children is just a little recognition. In the offices hang beautiful murals that the children have created. It really brightens up the whole atmosphere. I posted a picture of one of the murals to the left.
The staff at Charles Settlement told me that many of the kids really grow up within the walls of the center. They usually start in the Ready Set Grow program, move onto the After School Program, and then onto Teen Club which is a right of passage for most of these kids. Not only does Charles Settlement help these kids with school work and getting them involved in activities like the Photography club or Step Team it also helps make their families stronger. That’s because most of the parents are pretty involved with the activities that their kids are taking a part in. The center actually requires the parents to either attend an art show or a game that their child is involved in.
Right before school started this year, there were eight lucky kids from the After School Program, Teen Club, and students from Jefferson who went on a trip to Lake George. It was an all expense trip that rewarded them for doing such a great job during the last school year. The students visited the Capital, received some valuable history lessons, and then got to let loose at Great Escape, an amusement park, the next day.
This year celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Charles Settlement House in our community. They have touched the lives of thousands of people who live here, and I know they will continue to work our neighborhoods a better place.