Ch. 2 Pg. 6
ettlement workers saw themselves as neighbors. Their ideals were fraternal rather than paternal. The settlements acted out their image of the ideal neighbor, working to create an integrated community by acting cooperatively with the people and indigenous organizations and institutions of a specific location.
Fire was a constant hazard in poor neighborhoods
After residents established their presence in the neighborhood they set about creating basic services such as kindergartens, playgrounds and nurseries. As reform issues emerged from their work in the community, settlement workers would then take on broader issues such as citizenship classes, trade unions and garbage collection. As historian Walter Trattner observed;
While the charity organization society agents constantly said 'don't', 'don't' settlement house residents would say -'do', 'do'.
This tenement scene is a compelling argument for reform
Usually the two movements worked with different populations. Charity workers focused mostly on the so-called indigent population, or those we refer to today as the chronically poor. The settlement movement, in contrast, devoted most of its energies in working with what we would today regard as the poorer segments of the working class, particularly immigrants.
A young "woman of the night" prepares for the evening