November 2, 1908
The doors of the girls' hotel will be thrown open this morning. This enterprise, undertaken by the Council of Women's Clubs of Kansas City, promises to fill a vacancy long felt in this field of work. It is the purpose of the founders of this hotel to provide, at a reasonable rate, a home where the young woman who is alone in the world or compelled by force of circumstances to earn her own livelihood, may feel the pure atmosphere of home life. The hotel is not intended as a house of refuge.
Working girls who can satisfy the board of directors as to their qualifications for entering the hotel family well be kept on a charge of $2.50 a week. The hotel opens this morning with three boarders and the home is in charge of the matron, Mrs. Annie Hall.
"We are looking forward with great hopes for the success of the working girls' hotel," said Mrs. E. L. Chambliss, president of the Council of Women's Clubs. "The building at 900 West Thirteenth street is partly furnished and donations are arriving every day. The merchants have responded generously and within a few days we expect to have everything in smooth working order. We are anxious to make this institution a home where the more sordid things of life may be lost sight of and where high and ennobling ideals may be formed."
A committee has been appointed from among the members of the various women's clubs in the city to solicit monthly subscriptions for the maintenance of this work. Later it is hoped that the hotel may become self-supporting, but at present it must be kept up by those interested in the work.