Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Chicago Home for the Friendless.

Chicago Home for the Friendless, 51st Street and Vincennes Avenue.
When the population of Chicago grew dramatically, it increased the need for social services to poor and destitute women and children. The Chicago Home for the Friendless, founded on March 18, 1858, responded to that need.
Eventually, the organization served as an orphanage, a shelter for women and children, and also cared for older people in need. From August of 1897 to 1938, the home was located near East 51st Street and South Vincennes Avenue in the Washington Park community area. In 1980, the agency changed its name to Family Care Services of Metropolitan Chicago.

Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D. 


  1. Hello,
    I as wondering if there was a listing of residence . I am trying to find some history on my family.

    Thank you,
    Francy Pinkowski

    1. You might try the Census records for the year(s) you are seeking. I found my grandmother there.


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