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Strange Fruit: How Cabbage Patch Settlement House Helps Louisville's At-Risk Kids


The Cabbage Patch Settlement House provides all kinds of programming for at-risk kids in Louisville: tutoring, clubs, sports, music, college preps and scholarships, and even emotional counseling. And a recent grant from the Humana Foundation means they'll be opening their doors on Saturdays, too.


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We wanted to learn more about the Patch and what they do, so this week we talked to Executive Director Tracy Holladay and Educational Opportunities Specialist Kanisha Ford about the history of the house (a long story—it's been around since 1910!), and the work they do.

Settlement houses were part of the settlement movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and were built in poor urban areas to provide daycare, healthcare and education to those who couldn't afford it. Many of these folks were immigrants who needed help "settling" and succeeding in their new homes, and assistance from the government was scarce. Immigrants also played a role in the Cabbage Patch getting its name; according to the Patch, the neighborhood they started in was nicknamed the Cabbage Patch because it was populated largely with immigrants who grew cabbages in backyard vegetable gardens. It's now called Park Hill.

In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, two guest co-hosts, Louisville activists Darryl Young, Jr. and Sarah Zarantollo, weigh in on the backlash against VH1's Sorority Sisters, and the LAPD spoof song about the killing of Michael Brown, leaked to TMZ earlier this week.


(Photos courtesy of cabbagepatch.org)

Laura is LPM's Director of Podcasts & Special Projects. Email Laura at lellis@lpm.org.