WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The roots of Wellesley Friendly Aid go back to 1881 when, at a meeting of the newly incor- porated town of Wellesley, a vote was taken to appropriate funds for the poor. It was a time of great change for the young town that had a population of roughly 2,500 residents. Wealthy businessmen were being drawn to the area because of its reputation for clean air and beautiful scenery, but so were immigrants, transients, and farmers. Over the next twenty years, the town's population would double, with some residents coming to face such extreme economic hardship that the town voted to open a "poor farm" on the current grounds of the Wellesley Country Club to provide shelter to those in need. As the town's population continued to grow, so did the need for assistance and an informal committee of residents operating under the name "Friendly Aid Committee" was formed. This group did everything from helping a family 133 f a l l 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Whatever the situation, Wellesley Friendly Aid fills a vital gap in the lives of hundreds of people in the community. M E D I A B A K E R Y

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