The original progenitor of the Family Service Center, 730 E. Vine St., was the Home for the Friendless, a residential facility for children and destitute women that was created in 1863. The home operated at Seventh Street and South Grand Avenue, next door to the Family Service Center’s current offices.
A series of mergers over the past 150 years gradually expanded the center’s scope and services. Some of the center’s predecessor organizations are cited in this index. However, for a fuller account, the Family Service Center has a comprehensive history of its growth on its home page.
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