Annual Report of the Refuge in the City of Boston and the Bethesda Society, 1912 [selected pages]

Files

Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912_cover 01 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912_Time Schedule p12 02 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912 p13 02 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912_p 14 03 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912_p 15 03 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912_ p16 04 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912_ p17 04 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912_p18 05 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912_p19 05 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912 p20_06 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912 p21_06 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912_p22 07 rsz.jpg
Simmons_Refuge and Bethesda Society_AR_1912_p23 07 rsz.jpg

Title

Annual Report of the Refuge in the City of Boston and the Bethesda Society, 1912 [selected pages]

Description

This document details information regarding the Refuge's and the Bethesda Society’s yearly financial expenses, donations, and membership, while also documenting the number of “refugees” under their care.
Additionally, this annual report and the annual report of 1911 (also available in the Image Portal), display the mission statements of the two societies and explain how, though being two separate organizations, their specific goals function in harmony with one another. 

A "Time Schedule" (p. 12) outlines daily activities by day of the week, including sewing, school, gymnastics  and recreation.

Excerpts: 
p. 17 "However beset with difficulties any human life may be, whether from evil inheritance or corrupt surroundings, we believe there is no human being who with the grace of God cannot be reformed, if that grace be accompanied by human forces. This belief must always be the foundation stone of all successful efforts against evil in this world, and it is nowhere more needed than in just the work we are trying to do here." 
"The great motive of all our efforts is to reform the transgressor, not to punish."

p. 18 "We offer them first of all a cheerful, comfortable and refined home, and bring them under the influence of kind and judicious matrons....Here are combined the influences of a home, a school, a church--the three great forces of changing character."

p. 20 "During their sewing hours, and often in the evening, the matrons read aloud to the girls from books which are received from the Pulic Library Deposit Station--fifty books of suitable reading matter being left at a time, that the girls may be supplied with desirable books which they can read during their leisure hours."

pp. 20-21 "To secure the best results, it is considered necessary for the girls to remain with us at least two years and then, unless relatives or friends have provided for them they are not allowed to leave our home until desirable situations are found for them where they can still be under our watchful care."

Creator

Refuge and Bethesda Society

Date

1912

Contributor

Simmons University Library

Rights

NO COPYRIGHT - NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY

This Work has been digitized in a public-private partnership. As part of this partnership, the partners have agreed to limit commercial uses of this digital representation of the Work by third parties. You can, without permission, copy, modify, distribute, display, or perform the Item, for non-commercial uses. For any other permissible uses, please review the terms and conditions of the organization that has made the Item available. 
http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-NC/1.0/

Notes

Learn more: 
Guide to the The Orchard Home School (Boston, Mass.) records, 1828-1948, Simmons University Library 
Penitent Females' Refuge and Bethesda Societies publications, Google Books 
Fallen Women. A Directory of the Charitable and Beneficient Organizations of Boston, 1886, HathiTrust

Citation

Refuge and Bethesda Society, “Annual Report of the Refuge in the City of Boston and the Bethesda Society, 1912 [selected pages],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed October 14, 2019, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/423.