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.
Our program is designed to provide respite for families experiencing homelessness. 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 117 families.
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.
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.
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.” Arianne moved into her new apartment in Roslindale on October 1st.
"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." Lana moves into her new apartment on December 1st!
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.”
Beginning Wednesday, January 13th from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM the YWCA of Boston will be hosting a 6 week series of health conscious workshops at the Hildebrand Administrative Office. The first February workshop will cover breast cancer screenings and risk. On February 10th, the workshop will cover diabetes. And the final workshop in the series will cover heart health.
P.E.A.C.E. Series from Families First Parenting Programs - Thursdays February 4th through March 31st.
Beginning on Thursday, February 4th, Families First Parenting Programs is hosting a 7 week parenting series at our Morse House in Dorchester (the series began in mid-January for our Cambridge congregate living programs). The series includes: Parenting Without a Home: Challenges and Strengths, Self-Esteem: The Core of Healthy Parenting, Communication skills for Parenting and Beyond, 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. *Please note there is no class scheduled on Thursday, February 18th
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.