• Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

  • Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

  • Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

  • Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

What We Do

Whether through previous emergency shelter programs or the current Housing First program model, at the Hildebrand we are committed to working in collaboration with families, building on strengths rather than weaknesses; and identifying ways for our families not only to survive, but also to thrive.

  • EMERGENCY SHELTER and TRANSITIONAL SUPPORT

    EMERGENCY SHELTER and TRANSITIONAL SUPPORT

    Our program is designed to help families experiencing homelessness gain more self-sufficiency on their journey. As one of the largest family shelter providers in Massachusetts, in addition to shelter, we offer case management, workshops and trainings, supplemental resources, seasonal support, and more to 126 families in shelter.

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  • STABILIZATION SERVICES

    STABILIZATION SERVICES

    The goal of Stabilization Services is to ensure once families leave shelter they have the support network and tools necessary to maintain self-sufficiency. Stabilization services supports families in identifying community resources, building and maintaining good tenant/landlord relationships, and identifying and eliminating obstacles for continued success.

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  • PERMANENT HOUSING

    PERMANENT HOUSING

    Hildebrand owns and operates a portfolio of 11 units of permanent affordable housing. As a tenant of Hildebrand permanent housing, families have access to supports, services, and resources designed to assist clients in being good neighbors, building positive landlord-tenant relationships, and remaining self-sufficient.

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Successes at Hildebrand

Meet Arianne.

Before coming to Hildebrand, Arianne was living in the Days Inn Hotel in Methuen with four of her children. She made the choice to transfer to Hildebrand because she knew the environment was not good for her children. On her advice to new families entering Hildebrand, she said, “Appreciate it, follow the rules, let the social workers guide you, follow directions to get where you want to. It’s easy – at first I was lost – Hildebrand made such a huge impact.”

Meet Lana.

"My experience with EA shelter was less than memorable prior to being placed here at Hildebrand. Since I've been working with Marc I see a tremendous difference in how people who care about their clients, and their willingness to help make such a meaningful difference in the quality of life. Not only here in shelter, but well into the future. Everyone's outgoing positive attitude is contagious and motivates me to do the best I can to help myself and others around me. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have been placed here. I really just wanted to thank the people who have helped me in such a short period of time. It has been a long journey." Check out Lana's full story here!.

Meet Robyn.

At first, she says, “I was scared because I had been through this process once before…the kids were very aggravated and stressed from all the instability.” But with the help of Cristiano, she said, “I learned how to deal with different situations, and I can present myself in a respectful manner. I can deal with life on my own terms.” While at Hildebrand, Robyn enrolled in Hi-SET (GED) classes, completed Cambridge Savings Bank budgeting workshops and “learned to advocate for myself.” Robyn and her two children successfully transitioned out of shelter and moved into permanent, affordable housing in January!

Upcoming Events

  • Housing Support Sessions - Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Housing Support Sessions - Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Families will have the opportunity to work with different Case Managers on a weekly basis to get assistance completing housing applications, performing housing searches, receive coaching and an introduction to HomeBASE and the HAND Up Fund, identify barriers to housing and gain direction towards resolving them, and touch on other housing related topics. Those who attend will also be able to exchange ideas and information with other families receiving services from Hildebrand. For more information on the Housing Support Sessions, please contact your case manager at 617-491-5752. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only*
    Parenting Essentials in A Challenging Environment (P.E.A.C.E.) - Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM beginning October 25th

    Parenting Essentials in A Challenging Environment (P.E.A.C.E.) - Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM beginning October 25th

    Families First Parenting Programs will be facilitating a 7-part training series, Parenting Essentials in A Challenging Environment (P.E.A.C.E.), at our Cambridge congregate living programs beginning Tuesday, October 25th. Discussion topics include: Parenting Without a Home, Self-Esteem, Communication Skills for Parenting and Beyond, The Importance of Positive Discipline, Effective Discipline Tools for Toddlers through Teens, The Power of Nurturing Play vs. Electronic Media, and Looking Back and Moving Forward. *Training series limited to Bishop House and Columbia House residents only.
    The Parenting Journey - Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM beginning October 27th

    The Parenting Journey - Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM beginning October 27th

    We're excited to host another cycle of The Parenting Journey, a series which helps parents become more confident by building on their strengths, resulting in a more nurturing family relationship. Many parents are often best served by first stepping back and reflecting on their own childhood experiences, before they begin to develop concrete goals for improving their relationship with their own children. Facilitated by our own Case Manager, Marisol, and Residential Manager of Morse House, Meaghan, this 12-week workshop series focuses on promoting attitudes that enhance good parenting behaviors as well as providing the tools for parents to effectively model these behaviors at home.The workshop will be held at our main office from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursdays, October 27th, November 3rd, 10th, and 17th, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, and January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. Dinner and child care will be provided each week. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand families.

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  • Housing Support Sessions - Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Housing Support Sessions - Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Families will have the opportunity to work with different Case Managers on a weekly basis to get assistance completing housing applications, performing housing searches, receive coaching and an introduction to HomeBASE and the HAND Up Fund, identify barriers to housing and gain direction towards resolving them, and touch on other housing related topics. Those who attend will also be able to exchange ideas and information with other families receiving services from Hildebrand. For more information on the Housing Support Sessions, please contact your case manager at 617-491-5752. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only*
    Parenting Essentials in A Challenging Environment (P.E.A.C.E.) - Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM beginning October 25th

    Parenting Essentials in A Challenging Environment (P.E.A.C.E.) - Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM beginning October 25th

    Families First Parenting Programs will be facilitating a 7-part training series, Parenting Essentials in A Challenging Environment (P.E.A.C.E.), at our Cambridge congregate living programs beginning Tuesday, October 25th. Discussion topics include: Parenting Without a Home, Self-Esteem, Communication Skills for Parenting and Beyond, The Importance of Positive Discipline, Effective Discipline Tools for Toddlers through Teens, The Power of Nurturing Play vs. Electronic Media, and Looking Back and Moving Forward. *Training series limited to Bishop House and Columbia House residents only.
    The Parenting Journey - Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM beginning October 27th

    The Parenting Journey - Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM beginning October 27th

    We're excited to host another cycle of The Parenting Journey, a series which helps parents become more confident by building on their strengths, resulting in a more nurturing family relationship. Many parents are often best served by first stepping back and reflecting on their own childhood experiences, before they begin to develop concrete goals for improving their relationship with their own children. Facilitated by our own Case Manager, Marisol, and Residential Manager of Morse House, Meaghan, this 12-week workshop series focuses on promoting attitudes that enhance good parenting behaviors as well as providing the tools for parents to effectively model these behaviors at home.The workshop will be held at our main office from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursdays, October 27th, November 3rd, 10th, and 17th, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, and January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. Dinner and child care will be provided each week. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand families.

    More Info

  • Housing Support Sessions - Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Housing Support Sessions - Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Families will have the opportunity to work with different Case Managers on a weekly basis to get assistance completing housing applications, performing housing searches, receive coaching and an introduction to HomeBASE and the HAND Up Fund, identify barriers to housing and gain direction towards resolving them, and touch on other housing related topics. Those who attend will also be able to exchange ideas and information with other families receiving services from Hildebrand. For more information on the Housing Support Sessions, please contact your case manager at 617-491-5752. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only*
    The Parenting Journey - Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM beginning October 27th

    The Parenting Journey - Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM beginning October 27th

    We're excited to host another cycle of The Parenting Journey, a series which helps parents become more confident by building on their strengths, resulting in a more nurturing family relationship. Many parents are often best served by first stepping back and reflecting on their own childhood experiences, before they begin to develop concrete goals for improving their relationship with their own children. Facilitated by our own Case Manager, Marisol, and Residential Manager of Morse House, Meaghan, this 12-week workshop series focuses on promoting attitudes that enhance good parenting behaviors as well as providing the tools for parents to effectively model these behaviors at home.The workshop will be held at our main office from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursdays, October 27th, November 3rd, 10th, and 17th, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, and January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. Dinner and child care will be provided each week. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand families.

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Hildebrand At-a-Glance

Last year, we sheltered 219 families comprised of 265 adults and 388 children.

Last year, we sheltered 219 families comprised of 265 adults and 388 children.


In FY'16, fifty-nine (59) families successfully transitioned out of shelter into permanent housing.

In FY'16, fifty-nine (59) families successfully transitioned out of shelter into permanent housing.


225 parents participated in various workshops and trainings.

225 parents participated in various workshops and trainings.


With the help of Birthday Wishes, we provided 176 children with presents and birthday party supplies to help their families celebrate!

With the help of Birthday Wishes, we provided 176 children with presents and birthday party supplies to help their families celebrate!


20% of the heads of household were enrolled in school or a training program while 40% were working either part-time or full-time jobs

20% of the heads of household were enrolled in school or a training program while 40% were working either part-time or full-time jobs


Contact

614 Massachusetts Avenue
Third Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

Ph: 617-491-5752
F: 617-491-2385
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Hours

Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
*congregate living programs are staffed 24/7

About Us

Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc. partners with families experiencing homelessness. We provide shelter, permanent housing, work readiness programs, and life skill development. We restore hope and build brighter futures.