Hull House

For immigrants, an open house; Chicago: A settlement building founded 100 years ago continues to provide neighbors with support, education and camaraderie.

CHICAGO -- The words come from a manuscript called "From One Volunteer to Another," the reminiscences of an unnamed early worker at Association House, which celebrated its 100th birthday this month.

The author of "From One Volunteer to Another" goes on to explain the concept of settlement houses, places such as Jane Addams' slightly earlier, somewhat better-known Hull House. They were outposts of the American way of life in immigrant neighborhoods, places and people offering the vocational, language and citizenship classes that would help "foreigners" fully share in the promise of this nation.

The settlement idea emphasizes that the process is a...