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FEBRUARY 4, 1918
FIFTY-FIFTH ANNUAL REPORT
NEW YORK CATHOLIC PROTECTORY
NEW YORK, June 30, 1917 To the Honorable, the Legislature of the State of New York and
the Board of Aldermen of the City of New York: The Board of Managers of The New York Catholic Protectory have the honor to present herewith their Fifty-fifth Annual Report. The number of Children in Institution on June 30. 1916, was.
Received on Commitments: From New York City (Courts).
931 From New York City (Dep. of Public Charities).
275 From Westchester County..
61 From other Counties of the State.
22 Boarders and Free Received..
24 Returned from Trial, Hospital, etc.
Total cared for during the year..
35 294 102
Of whom there were
In accordance with the rules of the State Board of Charities, making the fiscal year end on June 30 in each year, this report covers the year commencing July 1, 1916, and terminating June 30, 1917.
The tabulated statement of the population of the Institution cannot well be compared with our last report which was for a period of nine months only. However, the general average shows little change; the settled policy of the Managers and Reverend Directors in each branch to keep children as short a time as possible consistent with the child's welfare, has been rigidly carried out, and the usual practice of supervision after discharge maintained.
The careful training of the larger boys in useful trades has continued to progress and broaden-indeed the excellent condition of the buildings is due in a great measure to the work of our “Mechanics in Training,” aided by their instructors, thus giving them practical as well as theoretical experience.
The vocational training heretofore enumerated as being carried on in the Girls' Department still continues, with pronounced success and most satisfaetory results.
The Boy Farmers at Lincolndale continue to show great progress in their work, and the results obtained are up to expectations.
The Placing-Out Bureau and St. Philip's Home, for after care of the boys, continue to do excellent work.
The financial condition of the Institution is a matter of grave concern to its Board of Managers, who constantly face an ever-increasing deficit, as it is absolutely impossible to maintain, much less improve, upon its present standard, with the per capita allowance granted by the City of New York. Only the generosity of its friends has enabled it to cope with the increased cost of commodities thus far.
It is earnestly hoped that some way will be found whereby the per capita allowance granted us will be increased to an amount sufficient to enable us to maintain our Institution in a manner which will be satisfactory to you in all respects, and will render it unnecessary for us to depend upon outside assistance for its needs and necessities.
The health of the inmates for the past year has been most excellent. Not one death occurred from contagious disease, and there was not a single case of infantile paralysis in the Institution.
As heretofore, our relations with the City and State authorities and the different Courts have been entirely satisfactory, and we look forward to a continuance of the same.