This Day In History: 1953-03-06
The American Friends Service Committee announced that they had approved the application of the Friends of the Ramapos to establish a summer work camp in the Stag Hill area to help local people construct their own homes. The Camp was scheduled to begin about June 23rd and last eight weeks. S. Allen Bacon the Director of the AFSC Work Camp Program came up from Philadelphia to announce the grant at a meeting held in Mahwah. Three preliminary meetings had been held during February each filled to overflowing. At the time of the announcement thirty families had signed up to receive housing advice and assistance. The work camp participants were expected to contribute about 5,000 hours of volunteer time for construction on homes, and, perhaps, a recreation facility. A fund campaign was slated to begin shortly, but the Mental Health Association had already donated $35 to the cause. A. Hurford Grossman of the Service Committee visited Mahwah on February 28th and 29th. He announced that he was particularly impressed by the cooperative spirit in the community. Two pioneer families, he reported, had already acquired land and were building their own houses without waiting for any assistance. Gordon Maunsell of Suffern, a member of the Volunteer Committee was seeking credit help for two families. The Committee was also seeking contributions of folding chairs and card tables for the nearly completed Community Room at the Green Valley AME Zion Church.