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The Kindergartens and Day Nurseries, on Holyoke and Moore streets, on the other hand, while supported by individual benevolence from Boston, are a valuable, almost indispensable, help to Cambridge children and their overworked mothers. We owe as much to the intelligence as to the purse of Mrs. Quincy Shaw in this charity.

Next to the children the old people, those who have passed the time for self-support and have no relatives to care for them, need a helping hand.

The Cambridge Homes for Aged People is a corporation founded in November, 1887, for the purpose of providing for “respectable, aged and indigent men and women.” The only part of this scheme in operation as yet is a Home for Aged Women, made possible by the legacy of the late Caroline A. Wood and other gifts, which shelters at present eleven inmates. It was opened in November, 1891. A Home for Aged Men and a Home for Aged Couples will be added to the work of the corporation as soon as adequate funds are provided by public-spirited Cantabrigians.

The Baptist Home for Old People and the Rescue Home — the latter a branch of the Boston Citizens' Rescue League, not especially intended to help Cambridge-deserve such description as their titles may give, though it is beyond the scope of this article to treat of them more fully.

There are a number of societies for giving temporary material relief, of which it would be difficult and unnecessary to give a complete list here. Such are the Male Humane and the Female Humane Societies, the Howard Benevolent, the North Cambridge Charitable Association, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, and the benefit associations connected with business houses or with corporations of various kinds.

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