Max Henius


Danish organizations, Old People’s Homes, Denmark


At present, two Danish Old People’s Homes (beyond those discussed in the chapters on the two church synods) have been established in the United States—one in Brooklyn and one in Chicago, which is the oldest. On March 12, 1891, a small group of women gathered in Chicago and founded an organization with the goal of establishing a home for poor Danish women. Following ten years of dedicated work, they raised $15,000 and planned to begin the Home’s construction. An extra meeting was called, at which time it was voted to allow men to be members of the organization and as residents of the home.