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The History of Baden Street Settlement

Baden Street Settlement of Rochester, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization,located in Rochester, New York. Baden Street Settlement was founded in 1901 by two women of the B’rith Kodesh Temple on Gibbs Street Therese Katz and Fannie Garson to provide cultural, practical and social education to young women of foreign birth. Since its founding, the settlement’s areas of focus have changed as its community has changed.

It has continuously and dynamically grown to provide a full range of services and facilities to improve the social, educational and cultural conditions in its community, to relieve human suffering and to foster the growth and development of its participants and community. It was Incorporated May 4, 1901 as the “Social Settlement of Rochester,” and received its initial funding from the United Way in 1918. In 1922 the Social Settlement of Rochester became Baden Street Settlement.

The goal is to persue the elimination of the causes of poverty and to reduce the level of negative social problems associated with being disadvantaged.
Today Baden Street continues to provide a full-range of services to improve the quality of life of the community served.