Organizations: Lady Bountiful

In 1866, 30 Boston matrons gathered in the home of Mrs. Henry Durant to discuss the plight of friendless working girls arriving in the city without a home.

Their solution was to create the Young Women's Christian Association, which was to provide young maidens with a safe, inexpensive and decent place to live and protect them against "the pestilence that walketh in darkness and the destruction that wasteth at noonday."

Maidens may not need much protection from pestilence these days, but the Y.W. is still the lady bountiful helping young girls in need. From its modest beginnings, the Y.W. has grown...

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