Bulletin Newspaper Archives May 7 1959, Page 13

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Chicago Bulletin (Newspaper) - May 7, 1959, Chicago, Illinois Parkway director describes needs a newcomer to the West Woodlawn Community spoke some very powerful words last week about the area he serves 3 director of the Parkway Community House he talked about the plight of Low income families in the area recreation facilities residents attitudes i Thomas Burress social worker recently arrived Here from Philadelphia said there Are a lot of people in West Woodlawn who urgently need the Benefit of organized social activity. But there is Little physical Unity to meet that need and not too much Volunteer cooperation from residents he said. V presently Center activities operate from a Small office at 6301 Rhodes. But the Center has recently acquire its own building at 500 a 67th. Former site of a filling station. Duress said he is hopeful the new quarters will be ready for occupancy by Parkway within the next few months. Established facilities within the Community for organized group activity Are sorely lacking Burress said. Three or four vacant lots presently use As play areas Are in badly rundown condition. But one vacant area in the 6300 Rhodes Block the social worker states is being Beauty. Fully maintained by the Block club As a Small it is enclosed by a Fence. The Gate is locked. The Only available space in the Community sufficient to j accommodate Large audiences is in Mccosh school. But Bur Ress said the Board of education has limited use of the school auditorium by placing it under a $50-per-evening rental program. A for non profit organizations such As Parkway Quot. Burress commented Quot this can be a tremendous a West Woodlawn is malmost4 three communities in one Quot the social worker asserts an upper income Community a a a striving Middle income Community and a Community of aged people including Low income residents. L the latter group Burress said is posing a real problem. Many elderly people in West Woodlawn have been organized Over the past two years in a a Golden age club. But Burress stated the activities of this group Are still limited in terms of special of Parkway House in behalf of these people is Quot to give them a feeling of usefulness Quot the West Woodlawn effect la group the people with the guidance for pre teen youngsters in 8 of it a Akmed the area Burress suggests a highly developed program in a Basic concern of the Park music and Art appreciation. W a Center is providing family Art for its own Sake for activity. Daily we become those who want he said i More and More cognizant of the we Are not so much concerned need to do something about with turning out craftsmen As the loss in modern society with instilling in a Lor of Young % of family Impact Quot he added i s. Here is the future Home of the Parkway a new building. West Woodlawn is Community House. It Quot a / sorely Locking in recreational facile the new Buljina at 500 e. 67th will he tapes residents will Volunteer nouse Parkway s two full time and two use of their Homes for organized group part time workers but Thomas Burress w activity. Director of the Center says even with Burress is negotiating with the City transit authority to acquire special transportation rates for members of the Golden age club so that they can travel j More frequently. Many of them Burress said Are Quot on very stated there Are Many illegally converted basement apartments in the area and Quot some pretty badly Cut up aged people living on pensions he said must accept these kinds of dwellings because Quot rents Are so limited Many of High they have no place else to them live alone in multiple unit i dwellings scattered throughout m Buress offered still the Community. R with these people in mind. 09 and considering the substantial number of add cases in the Community Quot Burress said he feels the Community has a Quot definite need for Low income or Public several years ago the City acquired property at 63rd and South Parkway to be used As the site of a Low Rise Public housing project. West Woodlawn civic leaders have since been contesting the proposed construction chiefly on the grounds that it would cause serious overcrowding in the Mccosh school. Records of the Board of education show that Mccosh is already considerably overcrowded. In connection with the Public another advantage of Public. Housing in the Community Quot in. Addition to that of Quot combating a critical Low income housing need in the City of he said economic integration is essential to the Well being of a Community in that Quot it provides responsible capable talented leadership in All for example he stated that in communities which Are chiefly Low income there is Quot Little Chance of finding Good civic and social West Woodlawn Community leaders Burress said Mare very much concerned with growing Beautiful a lawns and what they mail to realize he commented is that a this Community has no Walls around Quot there is nothing to prevent crab grass from blowing in from neighbouring communities. Quot thus Quot provision must be made in All communities for the underprivileged among us who will inevitably make slums on our door Steps unless we give them a Home within our Parkway Community House presently has a staff of two full time and two part time serve an area of More than 15,000 people. Burress stated his immediate project As that of Quot educating the Community to assume responsibility. Within their own Block groups perhaps for making available physical facilities and trained leadership in the end of people an interest in the arts. Then we can pick out those with real Talent and give them a hand in going if leadership for this program cannot be found within the Community Burress said he will Mgo to professional schools in the City and ask for Volunteer Aid from he Parkway Community House its director asserts is Quot actually right Back to the Point at which neighbourhood activity programs were begun about 75 cars ago programming without facilities.,# but he said that in Many re spent this is a Good thing because m it brings the social worker out into the Community whore he belongs right out into the heart of the problems in the area lie must a the result of the a new old Type Quot of settlement he said might be an operation of True jeffersonian democracy a situation in which Quot the responsibility for the people is placed wholly in the hands of however that the juvenile delinquency problem in West Woodlawn is at a relatively Low Peak compared with that of other Chicago communities and in neighbourhoods All Over the nation. Quot Good organized family activity can help us maintain our Fine Burress 37 years of age b a Gan his career As a social worker while he was still doing undergraduate work at Texas state to diversify where he majored in psychology. His graduate work in sociology was done at the diversity of Pennsylvania. Most recently he has been director of a Large social Agency in Philadelphia. Burress Hopes that the people of West Woodlawn will get away from the old concept of a settlement House As an institution set up to Deal Only with Quot the poor the underprivileged. In so Many Middle class neighbourhoods he said Quot there exists the feeling that presence of a settlement Means characterization of the neighbourhood As an Are for the poor and continued on Page 4. Made to order for modest budgets director asserts. Presently. Housing question. Burress %0-s a amp a v.-, Jim pro ving bit find furniture nud not to costly to to stylish and Dur dbl Midland Offort this Quality built 3-pc. 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