Established in 1865, The Camden Home for Friendless Children found its roots at 915 Haddon Avenue in Camden, NJ, by the 1890s. Mrs. Lucretia Read, widow of prominent Camden realtor William T. Read Sr. and mother of New Jersey State Senator William T. Read Jr., played a vital role in the institution. Actively engaged in the Home’s affairs, Lucretia served on the Board of Managers and later assumed the position of President. Even after her passing in October 1936 at the age of 83, she held the title of President Emeritus of the Board.
Post-World War II, in 1946, the institution underwent a name change to the Camden Home for Children. Operating at 56 children’s capacity, the home eventually closed due to age-related constraints and the escalating needs of the community. Renamed as the Camden Home for Children, the foundation operated during the 1960s and 1970s at Kaighn Avenue and Vesper Boulevard, a facility subsequently utilized by the Camden Board of Education.
The original facility at 915 Haddon Avenue faced closure in the 1960s, leading to its demolition. In its stead, the Camden branch of the Salvation Army erected a new building at the same Haddon Avenue location.
In more recent years, the Camden Home for Children organization maintained offices in Westmont, New Jersey. Although, as of 2011, no physical office or facility remains, the organization continues its mission by serving children in need behind the scenes and supporting sister agencies in their endeavors.
Following a merger with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, The Camden Home for Friendless Children underwent a name change to Camden Home for Children & S.P.C.C. In August 2010, John Powell, a longstanding Executive Director, passed away, and Alan L. Stedman succeeded him in this position.
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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…
Established in 1865, The Camden Home for Friendless Children found its roots at 915 Haddon Avenue in Camden, NJ, by the 1890s.
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.