The Camden Home for Friendless Children established in 1865. By the 1890’s the institution had located at 915 Haddon Avenue in Camden NJ.
Mrs. Lucretia Read, the widow of Camden realtor William T. Read Sr. and mother of New Jersey State Senator William T. Read Jr., was very active in the affairs of the Home. Lucretia served on the Board of Managers for The Home and was later elected President. She served as President Emeritus of the Board of Managers until she died in October 1936, at the age of 83.
Shortly after World War II, in 1946, the name of the building changed to the Camden Home for Children. With its capacity of 56 children, the home eventually closed due to age and growing needs. Renamed the Camden Home for Children, the foundation operated in the 1960’s and 1970s at Kaighn Avenue and Vesper Boulevard, a facility later used by the Camden Board of Education.
When the Camden Home for Friendless Children at 915 Haddon Avenue closed sometime in the 1960’s, the building was razed, and the Camden branch of the Salvation Army built a new building at the Haddon Avenue address.
For a number of years, the Camden Home for Children organization maintained offices in Westmont, New Jersey. Although as of 2011 there is no longer any office or facility, the organization continues to serve children in need ‘behind the scenes’ and by supporting sister agencies in their missions.
The Camden Home for Friendless Children renamed to Camden Home for Children & S.P.C.C. after merger with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. John Powell, a long-time Executive Director, passed away on August 20, 2010 and was succeeded in this position by Alan L. Stedman.
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The following are excerpts from an oral interview conducted by Herbert’s daughter Anne Sampson Harrison.
A few times I have been asked by readers if a hospital ever existed next to the Ben Franklin Bridge and if so, what was its name.
THE CAMDEN HOME FOR CHILDREN is an institution located on Haddon Avenue, above Mount Vernon, the object and design of which is to afford a home, food, clothing and schooling for destitute friendless children, and, at a suitable age, to place them with respectable families to learn some useful trade or occupation. The home was…
The Camden Home for Friendless Children was established in 1865. By the 1890’s the institution had located at 915 Haddon Avenue in Camden NJ.
Built by contributions of residents of the city, the pool was officially opened yesterday for the first time this season to the delight of the children.