"South Side Settlement is committed to creating a community of culture and concern rooted in economic and social justice. We believe that society is improved through the conflict, struggle and sharing that occur in all our activities, and that our lives should celebrate the richness of difference that is our human heritage. We recognize that freedom and responsibility are inseparable, and that individual freedoms are balanced by responsibilities to society.
We strive for excellence but reject the intolerance that comes from demanding perfection. We reject self-centered greed, in word and deed, that divides society into unequal classes in which the weak are without rights and basic necessities while the strong indulge in excesses.We believe that the needs and potential of individuals can be fulfilled in community, and by coming together in community we have an opportunity to create structures of belief and action that will enrich and improve the quality of our lives.