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75 YEARS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
|help with their adjustment to life in the United
States. Bremer believed that this new program should recognize the
importance of the immigrant community in the life of the immigrant girl.
She cautioned against the dangers of isolating the individual from the
community and of straining relations between the generations. "The
community," wrote Bremer, "must be understood, sympathized with, and dealt
with as a part of treating the individual."
Bremer understood that individuals rooted in the cultures and languages of the immigrants would be the most trusted and effective. For this reason, she advocated that the workers be recruited and, if necessary, trained from those communities being served. These workers became known as "nationality secretaries."
Because of its YWCA sponsorship, Bremer felt that the Institute should provide a complete program for the immigrant girl by offering not only English classes, but all the activities of a regular local YWCA, adapted to the needs and interests of the foreign born. By the time of the first World War, this "experiment" had become an integral part of the YWCA and spread to other cities across the United States where major immigrant populations resided.
In December of 1915,
the Northeast Field
The national office sent representatives to Lowell to help organize the local efforts. It was hoped that with changes at the local level, there would be an increase in the number of volunteer
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