In 1916, twelve women recognized a need in the community and established a day nursery for children. During these challenging times, some mothers relied on The Settlement Home to help raise their children. So began our journey to becoming an established, well-run, safe facility for children. Throughout the years we’ve grown and evolved to serve the needs of children and families in the Austin community and across the state.
We had an incredible year in 2016! As we celebrated 100 years of changing lives for good, we were able to reflect back on the highlights of the past 100 years. We appreciate our sponsors and community supporters that helped make it an incredible year. Click the button below to see pictures from our 100th anniversary celebrations.
Since 1916, generation after generation of Settlement Club women have owned, directed, and overseen the work of the Home and worked diligently to see to children’s needs. And this chain of giving has always had its equal response from the community.
Bakers give us bread. Hunters give us meat. Friends give us books and then come to teach. Doctors and dentists respond with care for the growing, precious bodies of the children, so that they may be strong for the future they will live. Young eyes sometimes need glasses and someone always gives. Young teeth sometimes need braces and someone always gives.
Ladies who quilt give us quilts. Hairdressers give our children haircuts , so that their appearance is like others. Folks who love beauty give us yardwork and flowers and trees. People who love our work give us food and computers and sofas and beds and clothes. The children needed a play scape and someone knew to give it. Families give to us in reverence for a life lived and those to be lived. Austin merchants and individual friends lovingly give us what we need to sell.
The above words were penned by our Executive Director Bobbie Mae Matthews in 1990, and are true for all 100 years. Austin is a city of givers, and to this community of givers, who have recognized the needs of children and provided bountifully, we thank you!
We invite you to experience our last 100 years by purchasing our anniversary book, which narrates and showcases the impact we have had with the Austin community. Call us at (512)836-2150 ext. 142 to order your copy or pick one up at Book People or Tarrytown Pharmacy.