Charities & Welfares


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Precious Find On The Doorstep

   The first card is a very rare Kraemer card that seems to show a baby that was left on a doorstep of this home.
   The first two groups of cards I thought were perfectly suited to each other. Orphans and the elderly, the alpha and omega in the cycle of life both needing the care of others to survive. All of these organizations were started by people in the various religions of the area, hence their inclusion in this section.



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                                                                                                                             Not a postcard

  The home moved to this site on West Ninth Street in 1878, where it remained for 40 years. It was founded in the West End in 1864 by Quaker Murray Shipley who named it the Penn Mission. Due to the Civil War many children were in dire straits. Shipley was determined to help them regardless of their social standing or race and he used his own money to open this home.



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Not a postcard


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526 Sycamore St.  Center card shows ad for their magazine.



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   Located next door to the City Workhouse in Camp Washington. This was really one of the early reformatories that opened in 1850, but also included unwanted children.


German Orphan Home.jpg (85775 bytes)   or   Prot Orphan Home-aa.jpg (102054 bytes)    Protestant Orphan Asylum.jpg (100192 bytes)    German Prot. Orphans House.jpg (58389 bytes)
German Orphan Home                                               General  (German) Protestant Home                                        

   Occupying the block bounded by Highland, Melish, and Burnet Avenues and Donahue Street., the German Orphans Home was founded in 1849 as the German General Protestant Orphan Home after a cholera epidemic swept thru Cincinnati leaving countless children as orphans. The name was changed to Beech Acres in 1950.


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St Aloysius Orphan Home 4721 Reading Rd. in Bond Hill

   The St. Aloysius Orphanage was established in 1837 thus becoming the first such institution in the Cincinnati area. The large central structure seen in the cards above and below surmounted by a dome and cross replaced the original buildings in 1861. The two story building was added in 1910 and the Chapel was built in 1922. The card below is mis-named, I believe, since I can find no information about the orphanage changing its name. The home was run for 130 years by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
   The future for this complex is now in doubt. It is now being run as a non-profit organization with counselors, therapists, and caseworkers who help kids with severe mental and behavioral problems and their families. They also train foster parents, run a school for troubled kids, and operates a temporary respite home for children with acute psychiatric problems. The problem is the building is so old it needs major renovations in order to comply with current school  standards. 
   A major $19.5 million renovation and expansion of the facilities is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.With this expansion the number of children it serves will increase from 600 to 800. On September 27, 2012 the orphanage was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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St. Mary's Orphan Asylum
(see above)


St Vincent Home for Boys.jpg (95665 bytes)        Presbyterian Orphans Home.jpg (116977 bytes)
 St. Vincent Home for Boys          Presbyterian Orphans     
                                                    Home. Mt. Auburn



St. Joseph Foundling Asylum.jpg (364040 bytes)        St. Joseph Infant Asylum.jpg (94258 bytes)*    St Joseph Infant Assylum invite.jpg (289478 bytes)
                                         Dinner           and           Lunch    

   The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati established the St. Joseph Infant Asylum in 1873 on Reading Road at Tennessee Ave. to serve as a maternity home for young women as well as a foundling home for infants. It also included a maternity hospital. According to their archives, in the first 100 years, they had cared for 15,000 babies and 10,000 young women. When the maternity hospital closed in 1954, the name was changed to St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home. In 1967 the facilities moved to Wyscarver Road in Sharonville and added a high school for young women waiting to give birth so they could continue to earn a degree. In 1990 the name was changed to St. Joseph Home.




   The Altenheim or German Old Men's Home is located in Avondale at Burnet and Elland Avenues.  (See City Hospital cards)

German Old Men's Home 3.jpg (87325 bytes)                Cinti Altenheim front.jpg (204928 bytes)    Cinti Altenheim back.jpg (212194 bytes)
    Dynamite explosion                     Annual Spring Festival held at The Altenheim 6/6/26

   On March 18, 1907 250 lbs. of dynamite that was stored next door to the Altenheim on the site of the new General Hospital that was being built at Burnet and Goodman Avenues. It had been ignited, supposedly, by a disgruntled employee. The blast heard as far away as Fort Thomas, Kentucky left a hole 15 feet across and 10 feet deep with splinters from the wooden shed found embedded in trees a block away. The Altenheim sustained $10,000 in damages and had to asked for public donations. An estimated 50,000 people came to view the damage. At the time there was no laws governing the storage of dynamite.


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Same image

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   Organized in 1891 as a home for elderly German men by many influential Germans living in Cincinnati. As a result of the first World War the Altenheim's name was changed to the Cincinnati Old Men's Home, and then later it became the Home for Aged Men. After the building was acquired by the Children's Hospital in 1966, it was demolished.



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Laying the cornerstone

Methodist Home for the Aged 1.jpg (118946 bytes)        RP Methodist Home.jpg (304985 bytes)        Methodist Home for the Aged 3.jpg (104088 bytes)        Methodist Old Folks Home C.jpg (243646 bytes)

Meth Home-Family group.jpg (102899 bytes)    Meth Home-Fine group.jpg (102176 bytes)    Meth Home-Under watchful care.jpg (90651 bytes)    Methodist Home for the Aged 2.jpg (92497 bytes)

Methodist Home for the Aged, College Hill.jpg (45825 bytes)    Wilson Chapel.jpg (215402 bytes)            Meth Home-Art Room.jpg (96065 bytes)        Methodist Home-New Hall.jpg (674617 bytes)
                    Wilson Chapel                                                    Art Room                        New Residence Hall

   In 1903 publisher Obed J. Wilson donated his family's summer home in College Hill to the United Methodist Home for the Aged along with 20 acres and $10,000. The first institution of its kind in Ohio had burned to the ground in 1902 and needed a new location. The building that temporarily housed the home in Granville, Ohio, also caught fire so a lot of attention was made to insure the new building was constructed with fire protection in mind. Wilson later donated $70,000 more plus building an art gallery into which he donated his art collection. The Wilson Chapel and Art Room, seen above, are still part of the home.

Methodist Home-RP.jpg (252650 bytes)        Methodist Home for the Aged 4.jpg (85950 bytes)        Methodist Home for the Aged 5.jpg (115452 bytes)        Methodist Home-n1.jpg (494772 bytes)
5343 Hamilton Ave, College Hill

   In 1939 a new, south wing, was constructed giving it a second tower and thus became known as The Twin Towers seen in the cards directly above.


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Little Sisters of the Poor. Home for Old Folks
Montgomery Road                                       476  Riddle Road in Clifton                    





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