Jane Addams

Jane AddamsFor Women’s History Month, we’re showcasing notable women throughout the history of Metropolitan Family Services who have dedicated their lives to strengthening families in the Chicago area.  Jane Addams, born in Cedarville, IL, first witnessed true poverty on a visit to London. Upon returning to Chicago, she opened the doors to the Hull House (the first social settlement in Chicago) in 1889 with Ellen Gates Starr.  In 1894, she helped create the Chicago Bureau of Charities, which later merged with the Chicago Relief & Aid Society to form The United Charities (now known as Metropolitan Family Services).

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