Saturday, June 21, 2008

Centennial of Service

The Christamore House Guild celebrates its 100th birthday this year.

The guild (formerly called the Christamore Aid Society), founded in 1908 by Martha Stewart Carey, provides volunteer services and financial support for the Christamore Settlement House in Indianapolis.

It has grown from a small group of young women working with immigrants who settled in Indy, to a thriving service organization of more than 300 active and associate members.

The Guild, an incorporated, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization, provides more than one thousand volunteer service hours per year to the Christamore house and the annual fundraiser is the largest funding source for the Christamore House annual budget.

Guild members also coordinate a Christmas Family adoption program annually. In 2007 this program, Christmas at Christamore, assisted 146 families at Christmas.

The Guild manages the annual Book and Author Benefit which provides scholarship money and funding for educational programs at the Christamore House.

The mission of Christamore House, founded in 1905, is to promote the general welfare of residents in the Haughville neighborhood. Its many programs focus on the personal and family development of area residents, and include a preschool, adolescent recreation, adult education, seniors activities, counseling, emergency clothing, food and infant supplies, dental and well child clinics.

Christamore House is a United Way agency. It moved to its present location at 502 North Tremont Street, Indianapolis, in 1924, and is listed on the National Historic Register.

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