Over 90 years serving Slavic Village

 

1924

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Wilber I. Newstetter moves to Cleveland and enrolls in social science courses at Western Reserve University (known today as Case Western Reserve University).

 


 

1925

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Mr. Newstetter’s experimental research project in Southeast Cleveland is approved by WRU. He becomes an Assistant Professor in the program. Mr. Newstetter is considered the founder of University Settlement.


 

1926

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1926 is considered the official start of University Settlement. Four resident facilities are rented and used for group work and community organizing.


 

1936

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University Settlement becomes incorporated.

Funding was provided by Mrs. Dudley S. Blossom (right).

 

 

Services focus on social clubs, dramatics, citizenship, and community projects.


 

1938

University Settlement closes due to pressure from the Great Depression.


 

1939

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University Settlement reopens due to high need

Services are focused on recreational activities.


 

1940s

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In the 1940s, the Willow Freeway (I-77) is constructed and effectively splits the neighborhood.

 

University Settlement opens Brecksville Camp. The camp features a lodge, kitchen, outdoor fireplace, and two sleeping cabins.

 


 

1952

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Ground breaks for new building at 7311 Fleet Avenue.


 

1953

The new building opens, featuring 3 club rooms, a craft shop, kitchen and meeting rooms.


 

1960s

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Race Riots occur in Slavic Village. Neighborhood Centers shift goals to help changing neighborhoods needs.


 

1975

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Partnership with Kent State nursing students begins.


 
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1976

The Broadway Golden Hours senior center opens.


 

1983

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University Settlement moves main location to 4800 Broadway Avenue.

 

The Settlement starts a nursery school, catering and carpentry businesses.


 

1987

University Settlement purchases the Panek Building which boasts 3 storefronts and 8 apartments. The settlement operates a donut shop and a laundromat in the building.


 

1988

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University Settlement begins to offer homeless services.


 

1990

Mead House, a 16-bed assisted living facility, opens.


 

1990s

Services include Weatherization, Adult Daycare, Drug Counseling, Home Repair, Child Care, and Evening meals.


 

1997

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University Settlement owns 25 homes for housing program.

 
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Fleet building operates during second shift; Day care is open until midnight


 

1998

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The Settlement begins offering GED programming.

 
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Family to Family Neighborhood Foster Care Program begins.


 

1999

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Hunger Center begins delivery food to homebound seniors.


 

2000

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Operate Step One Career Kids Program to offer career opportunities to youth.


 

2002

University Settlement hosts its first Back to School Resource Fair.


 

2014

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University Settlement partners with Literacy Cooperative to create AmeriCorps NEO Skill Corps.


 

2014

Building Strong Families becomes the umbrella program for Fatherhood Connections and Strengthening Families.


 

2016

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University Settlement implements the Uniform Voucher Program.


 

Current

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University Settlement continues a heritage of supporting the needs of the Slavic Village community by serving over 15,000 individuals annually.