The Christian Science Benevolent Association

In a letter written in 1905, and published in the Christian Science Sentinel of October 7, 1916, Mrs. Eddy states in speaking of the establishment of a Sanatorium: "Our cause demands a wider circle of means for the ends of philanthropy and charity, and better qualifications for practical purposes." Since the announcement that definite steps had been taken toward supplying this demand, The Christian Science Board of Directors, in whose charge Mrs. Eddy placed this work, as stated in another letter published in the same article, have endeavored to bring the project to fulfillment in as substantial and prompt a manner as wisdom and economy would permit.

When it was stated in the Christian Science Sentinel of December 2, 1916, that it would cost "to erect and equip the buildings and provide a maintenance fund for the first institution of The Christian Science Benevolent Association, not less than $600,000.00," it was proposed to erect immediately but one large building, and to place this on the most convenient site on the property; but subsequently it appeared clear that while such a proposition could be worked out satisfactorily it would prove in the future to be the part of wisdom and economy to begin on a comprehensive plan for a thorough development of all the property. The work was begun when building operations were at a standstill because of the war but it has proceeded without interruption, and many beautiful instances showing divine Love as the source of our supply could be related.

The plan which we are now following will eventually include eight large dormitories, an administration building, and three separate smaller buildings containing a garage, power house, laundry, electric lighting plant, and heating plant. The administration building and two of the dormitories are now nearing completion, as are also the garage, power house, laundry, electric lighting plant, and heating plant. These have been so constructed as to constitute a working center for the present buildings and those that will be established in the future. Besides this the grounds have been improved with a view to the future needs of the group of buildings, although the work involved a present expenditure of a large amount of money.

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Among the Churches
September 6, 1919

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