It came either through a settlement house or through the generosity of some interested private patron.
Her dream was to live at the settlement house and give all her time to the work.
Here the telephone served to put her into communication with her superior at settlement house.
All I knew was learned at the settlement house, or from books.
I'm down here on the Earth, and in our settlement house, safe and sound.
"The whole system is corrupt from top to bottom," said the head of one settlement house to me.
They arrived at the settlement house and Mrs. Harris ordered tea to be brought to her sitting-room.
Why, one Christmas, we at the settlement house had a tree and gifts that cost hundreds of dollars.
I'm down here on the Earth and in our settlement house, safe and sound.
The next day they came to a party at the settlement house togged up in their plunder.
an inner-city institution providing educational, recreational, and social services to a large community
1620s, "act of fixing or steadying;" from settle (v.) + -ment. Meaning "a colony," especially a new one, "tract of country newly developed" is attested from 1690s; that of "small village on the frontier" is from 1827, American English. Sense of "payment of an account" is from 1729; legal sense "a settling of arrangements" (of divorce, property transfer, etc.) is from 1670s.