Workshops & Trainings
Hildebrand offers workshops and trainings tailored to address the various challenges that our families face – budgeting, housing search, parenting, stress management, building healthy relationships, healthy eating, tenancy, housekeeping, self-care, resume building, and more.
As part of our ongoing effort to support families, Hildebrand provides supplemental resources to assist clients in meeting their most basic needs - shelter, food, clothing and transportation. We also provide food cards, clothing, MBTA Charlie cards, etc.
Hildebrand understands that birthdays, holidays, back-to-school, summer camp, and other family milestones can cause financial stress on families. We work to secure in-kind donations to assist families in enjoying these family markers.
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Workshops & TrainingsHildebrand collaborates with a variety of organizations to provide workshops and trainings to families in shelter or in stabilization.
Cambridge Savings BankThe “Financial Education” series is a four week training facilitated by Cambridge Savings Bank. The topics of the workshop are as follows:
• Budgeting and Saving
• Managing a Checking Account
Community ServingsThe “Eating for Health” series is a four week workshop facilitated by Community Servings, an organization that is committed to providing nutrition education for communities and families. Classes are led by a registered dietician or nutritionist. The goal of the series is to teach families how to improve their health through their food choices. The topics include:
• Planning a Healthy Meal
• Portion Control and Weight Management
• Healthy Cooking Techniques
• Grocery Shopping on a Budget
Families First Parenting ProgramsFamilies First Parenting Programs facilitates the P.E.A.C.E. Series, a seven week parenting training. Topics include:
• Parenting without a Home
• 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
• Looking Back and Moving Forward
Project PlaceThe “Getting to Know yourself in the Workplace” series is a four week training facilitated by Project Place, an organization whose aim is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. The focus of the training is to build soft skills in order to be successful in the work place. Topics include:
• Understanding Your Strengths
• Building Confidence
• Moving Forward
Story StreamThe Healing Stories “From Surviving to Thriving” series is a six week support group that aims to help women understand themselves and their stories. Women learn hard skills such as speaking in a group, eye contact, and the ability to connect with a story as well as soft skills such as learning to be reflective and centered.
YWCAThe Health Workshop Series is a six week workshop facilitated by YW Boston, in a continuing effort to empower women and eliminate health disparities. Topics include:
• Healthy Relationships
• Sexual Health
• Breast Health
• Heart Health/Stress Management
Supplemental ResourcesCharlie Cards
Hildebrand provides pre-loaded Charlie cards to assist clients in traveling via the MBTA to attend meetings, conduct housing search, and attend workshops. Cards are distributed on a case by case basis.
Family Resource Closet
Hildebrand depends on in-kind donations and community support to operate a Family Resource Closet complete with diapers, wipes, diaper cream, basic toiletries, clothes, shoes, jackets, books, toys, and baby gear.
When families first enter shelter, they often arrive with just a few bags of belongings. If needed, families are given a grocery store gift card upon arrival to shelter to help them get started. At times, families may need support while applying for SNAP benefits (if applicable), or, emergency help during a rough month. Food cards are distributed on a case by case basis and families must engage in budgeting with their Case Managers to come up with long-term solutions for healthy nutrition. Families are also given location-specific food pantry and community dinner information.
Seasonal SupportsSupport for Children
Hildebrand works with local agencies and sets aside funding to provide camp scholarships for school-aged children. Summer camps offer families safe, engaging activities to fill the summer months.
Clothes for Kids [link to Clothes for Kids flier]
This program provides a $50 gift card to school-aged children 10 and under or a $100 gift card to children ages 11 and up to purchase clothes for the new school year. Clothes for Kids helps to promote self-esteem, reinforce self-worth and help level the playing field for children experiencing homelessness.
Holiday Gift Drive
Living in shelter is always difficult for children and families, and the stressors become even more challenging during the holiday season. Hildebrand works with generous donors, companies, and community members to be able to give each child gifts directly from their holiday wish-list. Gifts are given to parents/guardians to distribute to give a sense of ownership to the process.
Support for Families
Thanksgiving Turkeys & Fixings
Hildebrand aims to provide turkeys and fixings to all interested families that do not have a place to go to celebrate the holiday.
Hildebrand families come together to celebrate the holiday season with arts and crafts, face painting, games, bowling, dinner, dessert, and other festive activities.