THE removal of had environ ment-a frequent cause of the trouble in which young women find themselves-is one idea behind the plan of the Martin House Association which proposes to open a house in London where young women can live who wish to make a fresh start in life.
The Association, of which Fr. Hilary Carpenter, 0.P., Provincial, is president, met last week to discuss the plans.
Sir William Fitzgerald. K.C., Chairman of the Association, said that the words " home," " hostel," and even the blessed word " charity," were now so open to misinterpretation that it was difficult to express the idea behind the Association in a phrase.
" Our plan," he said, "is to acquire premises, there to install an experienced staff and to provide a home in the real meaning of the word for 10 to 20 young women who wish to make a fresh start in life."
They would be offered board and lodging with people who could help them; and while living in a Catholic atmosphere, they would not necessarily all be Catholics.
OWN FREE WILL
"This will not be a 'marked' house," Sir William added, " It will be undistinguishable from neighbouring houses. And no one will live there who does not do so of her own free will.
'Probation officers and other social workers from whom our lay supporters are largely drawn, assure us that a had environment is a frequent cause of the trouble in which young women find themselves. Our object is to remove the cause as a small beginning to what may become a large work."
Events planned by the Association to raise fonds include a dance at the Caxton Hall on Sept. 20; a meeting of the K.S.C. Club. Lansdowne Road. W.11, on Sept. 26; and a revue at the New Scala Theatre, London. on October 30.
The address of the Martin House Association is 9 /11 Lansdowne Road, London, W.11.