The Worcester Area Mission Society (WAMSworks) was originally created in the 1800s during the height of the Religious Social Progressive Movement, a period of time known for its remarkable degree of collaboration between academics, Protestant clergy and prominent community figures. Witnessing a crisis of inequality, poverty, physical deprivation, hunger and worker abuses, these leaders dedicated themselves to providing the moral leadership they believed necessary to encourage direct action. The Worcester Area Mission Society, similar to other well known “settlement houses” was created to offer workers services and classes as well as a place of respite and community.