In the belief that more could be done to improve the quality of neighborhood life by working together, FNC was formed in 1906 as a voluntary, nonprofit association by Philadelphia’s settlement house community. For more than 100 years, these neighborhood centers have been critical to the well-being of inner city children, youth, adults, seniors and families. Over the years, the centers have helped thousands of families find and keep homes, learn English, be trained to gain and keep employment, enhance their children’s educational achievement, recognize and encourage many exceptional young people, and work towards having safer and more nurturing environments for all their fellow neighbors. Through the FNC’s support and fostering of collaboration, much has been accomplished in building and rebuilding safer, healthier neighborhoods where families have a better chance at flourishing.
For a much more in-depth history of the Philadelphia settlement house movement, please click this link to view Rosina McAvoy Ryan’s article in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.