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on month. a under hearing. will low- of a busy found refused years all 23. Friendly Town Works 2 by BOB Z.VMC This is the time of year when many suburban families are making plans for their summer vacations. Whether the family is vacationing at home or "on the road" or ·both, it can still include Friendly Town into its plans, r.-iendly Town is a program arranged for inner-city children to visit with suburban host families for a two-week vacation during the summer. It gives the suburban family the opportunity to share its summer joy with a child from the inner city. Rolling Meadows and Palatine churches will be working directly with the Kenwood Mothers Club of Chicago's south side in this summer's Friendly Town program. Host families are still needed. H o s t familys may designate the age (from 7 to 12) and sex of the child or children they wish and may select the time period most convenient for them from the following two week sessions: July 5-19, July 19 to August 2 and Aug. 2 to 16. THE FRIENDLY TOWN program began in 1961 when 11 inner city children were sent on the first Friendly Town visits. In the summer of 1968, 2,400 children enjoyed suburban vacations in Illinois and other participating states. The purpose of Friendly Town is to enrich the appreciation for diversity within the human family. Each year, the program has surpassed itself in the number of children placed in homes. The majority of the children are between 5 and 12 years of age but some range up to IB. A great many are Negroes, but there is a sizeable portion of Puerto Ricans and whites. Orphans are rare, but about half of the children are fatherless. All are poor and live under miserably closed conditions, and few have ever been outside the city. Before they are released to host families, all children are carefully screened by reliable social agencies and are given h e a l t h examinations. Although real delinquents are eliminated, few, if any of the youngsters, can be called model children. "The chances of getting a 'perfect child' are one in a thousand," a brochure published by one program says, and "the chances of your getting an 'impossible child' are one in a thousand." MOST HOST FAMILIES are allowed to specify the age and the sex of the children they take, but specification of race and religion are discouraged and in the case of many programs, flatly prohibited. Some host families ask for only one child at a time, but it is not uncommon to iask for and be given two and perhaps three, provided they are not siblings. In the beginning, Friendly Town was a one-way operation. The inner-city child spent a vacation with a suburban family. However, in some areas, a two-way operation has been started this year. As much as suburban host families would like it, there is difficulty in sending their children into the inner city because, one or both of the child's parents works during the day. 1 Friendly Town costs the agencies approximately $10 per child. Contributions from churches, groups, host families and individuals make the continuation of Friendly Town possible. The agency provides a sickness and ac- cident policy on each child with benefits to $2,500. If the hosts do not carry public liability, the agency will provide it for the period the Friendly Town children are with the host family. B E C A U S E THE AGENCY works through churches and synagogues, a min- iser, priest or rabbi must sign the application. At least three familids from a community need to be in the program. In 1968, Rolling Meadows had 24 families participate in Friendly Town. An agency representative said Friendly Town children change markedly as a re- sult of their visits with white families. said that apart from the obvious benefits of having grassy yards to play in and going to fun places, they also see and things that can change and motivate entire families. She said many times the children's mannerisms change for the better. In so iways they are introduced to a different iway of life. · The representative also said that one Ithe most important benefits to the Us that he becomes a special individual (Continued on Page 2) Kids Interested by MARIANNE BRETSNYDER "Winners never quit" seems to be the philosophy of the teens in the Palatine Township Youth Organization (PTYO). "We came out ahead on the Jog for the Joint," said Bill Hake, president of the PTYO. Even if we would have lost money, we got the kids interested, to see if they want a teen center. Hake thought this is the most important thing. The bond drive will continue through the month of June, on a more individual basis, said Sue Veatty, PTYO secretary. She was disappointed that people weren't more receptive, but was thankful to people who bought bonds. "I THINK IT is kind of a rewarding thing, I feel good after I do something like covering Palatine daily during the summer. Now we are looking for direction, have to go back to the older teens for support," she said. The Joint serves a five-school area, is the place where kids will be able meet. Demos by ED MURNANE Suburban Democratic organizations are likely to remain in the shadow of their Republican counterparts unless they seriously

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 10 Jun 1969, Tue,
  3. Page 26

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