• 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 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 118 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

  • The Parenting Journey - Thursdays April 7th through June 23rd

    The Parenting Journey - Thursdays April 7th through June 23rd

    We're also excited to host The Parenting Journey workshop series, which helps parents to become more confident by building on their strengths, resulting in a more nurturing family relationship. This 12-week workshop series focuses on promoting attitudes that enhance good parenting behaviors and providing the tools for parents to effectively model these behaviors at home, facilitated by our own Case Managers, Marisol and Meaghan, who've also gone through the training. The workshop will be held at Hildebrand from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursdays, April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, and June 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd. Dinner and child care will be provided each week. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand families only.

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    Nurturing Fathers - Mondays (and Tuesdays if a holiday) April 11th through July 5th

    Nurturing Fathers - Mondays (and Tuesdays if a holiday) April 11th through July 5th

    We are excited to host another Nurturing Fathers workshop series here at Hildebrand, facilitated by our own Residential Manager, Marc, and Case Manager, Raychelle. All fathers are encouraged to attend Nurturing Fathers, to go on this journey to explore their own childhood and how they were raised and to discover the role that fathers play in their children's lives. At the end of this 13-week series, the fathers will participate in a graduation celebration with a guest speaker from the Department of Community and Housing Development. Friends and family are invited to join the celebration. Workshops will be held on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM (*Tuesday when there is a holiday): April 11th, *19th, and 25th, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 31st, June 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, and *July 5th. Dinner and child care will be provided each week. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand families only.
    Life Skills Training Series - Thursdays May 26th through June 16th

    Life Skills Training Series - Thursdays May 26th through June 16th

    We'll be hosting a four week Life Skills series facilitated by various members of the organization. On Thursday, May 26th, Joy Gallon, Assistant Director of Programs, will be facilitating the Fire Safety training. Tommie Harris, Facilities Manager, will be hosting the training on house-keeping, Maintaining a Clean and Safe Living Environment, the following week. Cristiano Santos, Case Manager, will be heading up the Budgeting and Creative Couponing class. And, in the final week of the series, attendees will go on a Shopping Trip to a local super market and participate in a Coupon Competition! The series is being held on Thursdays May 26th, June 2nd, 9th, and 12th at 10:30 AM at our Administrative Office, excepting the shopping trip. Refreshments and child care will be provided for the first three weeks. *Series exclusive to current Hildebrand clients.

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Hildebrand At-a-Glance

Last year, we sheltered 206 families comprised of 261 adults and 368 children.

Last year, we sheltered 206 families comprised of 261 adults and 368 children.


In FY'15, seventy-three families successfully transitioned out of shelter into permanent housing.

In FY'15, seventy-three families successfully transitioned out of shelter into permanent housing.


178 parents participated in various workshops and trainings.

178 parents participated in various workshops and trainings.


With the help of Birthday Wishes, we provided 198 children with presents and birthday party supplies to help their families celebrate!

With the help of Birthday Wishes, we provided 198 children with presents and birthday party supplies to help their families celebrate!


25% of the heads of household were enrolled in school or a training program while 41% were working either part-time or full-time jobs

25% of the heads of household were enrolled in school or a training program while 41% 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.