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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Victims Services

Mission: On the rise creates a community where women have the relationships,safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness. We engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.

Programs: Keep the keys/safe haven program: otr's core programming provides tangible aid and long-term, broad-based support to women, starting when they are homeless or in crisis. Safe haven: through comprehensive daytime direct services, otr engages and annually assists approximately 400 severely disenfranchised women, providing emotional, practical, and professional support that helps the women achieve and sustain extraordinary accomplishments - from improving health, to getting jobs, to finding housing. The goals of the program are to:goal 1: provide a safe space six days a week where women can find practical necessities and a supportive community to begin to explore the steps they need to take to move out of homelessness and increase their quality of life. Goal 2: provide advice, assistance, accompaniment and advocacy for women addressing housing, abuse, trauma, physical/mental health, legal, and other urgent needs and issues. Goal 3: ease women's access to and transition into specialized and single-issue programs and eventually out of homelessness. Otr relies on a collaborative network with approximately fifty other human service providers. This network helps the program facilitate a woman's access and success in programs such as battered women's services, detoxification programs, emergency and transitional shelters and housing, legal and healthcare services, and more. Otr does not duplicate other services, but fills in the cracks to make the whole system work better for women who need it the most. Many women at otr must cope with complex physical and mental health conditions. A program participant's struggle often is complicated by the fact that she cannot set a daily routine, she has no sense of place in a family or in a community, and she has little control over when and what she eats, where she can sleep, and other basic survival needs. Health access and wellness activities in the safe haven break down barriers to healthcare by facilitating access to emergency, primary and preventative healthcare through referrals, support, accompaniment and advocacy with women at community health centers, hospitals and other services. These and other strengths-based group and individual activities are critical components of otr's success. Keep the keys: otr has helped many homeless women move into housing of their own; however, women continue to struggle with addiction, mental health, parenting, financial, employment, legal, and other challenges after they have moved into housing, and they face the new responsibilities of independent living. Participants in the keep the keys program maintain their connections with otr staff and receive a range of services designed to support housing retention and to help women build the neighborhood connections and independent living skills they need to sustain their quality of life. Services include home visits, goal-setting, training in life skills, weekly meetings and gatherings at otr and limited access to the safe haven.

the community outreach and education program: integral to otr's mission is its responsibility to raise awareness and facilitate public discourse about the most vexing social issues that affect the women who participate in otr's programs. Through the community outreach and education program, otr informs the broader community about the interplay of homelessness, trauma, mental illness, addiction, and domestic violence, and helps individuals and groups participate in creating a safe, supportive space for women as they reintegrate back into the community.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 4

I'd like to think On-the Rise is the better shelters in the greater Boston area. It is relational, staff there are an interesting mix, just as the clientele. . Overall this drop in for women rates one of the best attributable to Susan. I have also many not so good reasons for on-the rise but that's inconsequential as of this review. .Miss Susan, as the organizations go to person and reasonably , affable and genuinely sincere woman of character is perhaps the organizations best representation of transparency.. Although you might have already gathered that buy the organizations brochure. This review might sound fluttered at best, the future of this organization would perhaps be most valued with a partnership of two or more shelters. Thus far, this women's shelters future planning provides a sound financial context in an accomplished environment. Due to the not so-certain fiscal cliff and political unsuitability On-the rise should look for a future of purchasing more properties for homeless women and those and for-profits and or hybrids that foster a helping hand to women in need.

2 jillie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy gardening and know how important the garden is to On The Rise. The garden is a place to remember women in the community and in OTR's community whom we have lost due to homelessness. It's important this space is clean and well maintained so people can visit and reflect. I have also volunteered at the Prepare For Winter Dinner. This event raises approx 15% of OTR's annual budget and they can always use helpers to orchestrate the evening. It's an inspiring event, too!