Volume 22 Issue 1, Fall & Winter 2015-16
Part 3: After Sixteen Years, the Mission Comes to an End
At the time the Weatogue Neighborhood House was founded in 1905, the area was experiencing an influx of immigrants from Europe, drawn by hopes of a better life through employment on local tobacco farms and in the safety fuse factories of the Ensign-Bickford Company. At first, the primary focus was welcoming and helping to assimilate these workers, but before long its mission expanded to include projects that reached out to the needy in Hartford and beyond. While the people of the Weatogue section of Simsbury were unquestionably the mainstay of the Neighborhood House, it also attracted supporters from far afield.
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