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Unknown, because, though many people


may remember hearing the name Hutton Settlement, most know very little about the work being done there. Amazing because of the influence, impact and change it has in the lives of young children. The Hutton Settlement is a nearly 100


year-old children’s home, providing a residential option for children from across the country in need of long-term care, to help them develop into responsible, healthy adults. Placements last a minimum of one year, or a child may remain there through high school. The program provides the stability that is difficult to achieve in short- term foster care. Children’s lives at Hutton are consistent, with brothers, sisters, friends and other meaningful adults. Hutton gives


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children a


stable


environment


to help


strengthen their growth and development. Hutton Settlement, which is one of only


a few children’s homes in the country, was started by mining magnet Levi Hutton. Orphaned at the age of 6, Hutton, “never felt a part of a family.” After making his fortune with the Hercules Mine in Wallace, Idaho, Hutton and his wife, Mae, moved to Spokane, where there were more business and social opportunities in which they could be involved. Not only did Levi and Mae have deep pockets, but they also had hearts that were particularly attuned to the needs of children. Never having felt a part of a family growing up, it had been Hutton’s dream to build a children’s home where no child would experience the isolation and


loneliness he had endured. Hutton decided to use his wealth to help the youngest of those in need in our society. He insisted the home “was to be a ‘home,’ not an institution. It had to be a secure place where families could stay together and not be shifted about.” In 1919, Hutton opened the Hutton


Settlement Children’s Home in the present- day Spokane Valley. For nine years, he regularly visited the settlement and was an intricate part of the lives of the children. Because many of them did not have a father figure in their lives before they met him, he became known as “Daddy” Hutton to the children. A wise businessman with ample assets,


Hutton had the foresight to ensure that Hutton Settlement could continue for


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