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Elizabeth Stone House, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Family Violence Shelters, Financial Counseling

Mission: The Elizabeth Stone House partners with adult and child survivors of domestic violence and related trauma – mental illness, housing instability and substance misuse – to achieve safety, stability, and overall wellbeing, thereby contributing to the strength, resiliency, and health of the community we serve.

Geographic areas served: Greater Boston

Programs: The Elizabeth Stone House provides: Emergency shelter for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence Transitional housing for homeless individuals and families affected by domestic violence, mental illness and substance abuse Wrap-around services including support groups and classes for both Stone House and neighborhood residents Financial literacy and job search classes Therapeutic child care, client advocacy, and family-centered activities for the children of our adult clients.

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

So many of the women who arrive at the Elizabeth Stone House fleeing domestic violence, or otherwise seeking help, arrive with children. The children are typically as traumatized as their parents. It's the work that this organization does to help these children that originally attracted me to the Stone House over 25 years ago, when my wife and I began contributing monetarily. I joined the board of the Elizabeth Stone House in 2014, just as the capital campaign for a new building was ramping up. This new building will enable the Elizabeth Stone House to obtain state day-care licensure for the Parent-Child Center, which will greatly expand the services provided to these children and their mothers. This new building will also support increased community programs as well as shelter and housing.

We also chose to support the Elizabeth Stone House because we believe contributions in the amounts we can afford to make, have a bigger impact when donated locally, rather than to a giant national organization.

Eric Peterson

Board Member

Rating: 5

Does a wonderful job of helping families really deal with all of the aspects of domestic violence. I have been doing their annual wilderness heals hike for 6+ years (next year is their 25th year) and it has been a wonderful experience that I would recommend to others. The staff is wonderful and the mission is very important. I also started serving on their Board and hope to continue to be able to help this organization grow and succeed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with the staff of ESH and helping the beneficiaries of ESH reach their self-sufficiency goals. This organization is staffed with people who work very hard for the wellbeing of not just the folks that reside at ESH, but also of the community as a whole. ESH tries, and succeeds, in teaching folks to be better informed about domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness, but also helps the children of those impacted by these societal ills to learn to stop the cycles that tend to come along when dealing with such ills. I have been involved with ESH for 5+ years now and have nothing but positive things to say about this organization. I can only hope that more folks in the Commonwealth and beyond learn about the wonderful mission of ESH and help ESH accomplish its goals.

Randy18

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been on the Board of the Elizabeth Stone House for almost ten years and I find myself believing and supporting their mission more strongly with each year. As a retired child welfare social worker I know that the trauma of family violence is forever in the psyche of the person affected by it. I truly believe that the only effective antidote is the love and care that is received after the initial pain of the event. Trust can only be restored by learning to trust again and this requires caring people like those of the Stone House to help rebuild it day by day, hour by hour in small and large acts of kindness and support. This world would be a colder place without the Elizabeth Stone House and this is why I'm proud to write this review in support of these great folks.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been on the Board of the Elizabeth Stone House since I retired as a Child Welfare Administrator eight years ago. In my previous professional endeavor I visited , evaluated, and actually funded many very good programs that dealt with the services and support so necessary to put one's life together again after the trauma of violence and homelessness. The Elizabeth Stone House is unique among them in that it turns no one away and wraps their residents in a warm blanket of care and professional services that gets them and keeps them on their feet again. I love the Elizabeth Stone House for what they do and who they are.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the board for the Elizabeth Stone House. Prior to joining, I volunteeed for 7 years. The work that they do for survivors of domestic violence and their children truly make an impact and help break the cycle of violence. In addition, the services they provide not just for their residents and their children but also to the surrounding community are helping to create better lives and opportunities for individuals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the Elizabeth Stone House for over five years. I’m currently the official Santa Claus of ESH. The children are always excited to see Santa and unwrap their presents. To know the various challenges these children have encountered with their families, and to see them experience these moments of joy during the holiday is both humbling and inspirational. It is an absolute honor and pleasure to put on the red suit and help bring some happiness to the children of ESH.

During my time at ESH, I have witnessed the tremendous care and effort the ESH staff has dedicated to the families they work with. I have seen the positive impact the Elizabeth Stone House has made in countless people’s lives.

Elizabeth Stone House is doing remarkable work for so many families in the Roxbury community. However, much help is still needed. Any monetary donations and time spent volunteering goes a long way and is greatly appreciated by the entire Elizabeth Stone House family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ESH is one of the most noteworthy and game changing organizations in the US. The mission, impact, and outcomes are profound. I highly urge any person looking to make a difference and gain meaning to consider getting involved with ESH.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been donating and volunteering with ESH (through my company's corporate sponsorship) for a little less than a year. In my short time volunteering, I have been able to see the impact that ESH has made for domestic abuse survivors. This is an organization that I am proud to contribute to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I support the Elizabeth Stone House because of their holistic approach. They help the clientele be strong where they are with focused programs that help people become survivors, leading healthy, safe lives

Emma M.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ESH is heavily involved in making the community a better place through their services and compassion. I have been attending some of their fundraising events over the past few years and I intend to continue supporting their great work!

Taylor L.3

Donor

Rating: 5

My company has decided to sponsor the ESH for the second year in a row. We believe that there are many children & woman who deserve the help they may need in order to get out of situations that are not beneficial to their well being. The ESH goes above & beyond to help these woman and children!

Donor

Rating: 5

Our company is choosing to sponsor the Elizabeth Stone House's Wilderness Heals fundraiser for a second year. We believe in the work and growth of the organization and strive to give back to communities wherever we can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our company chose to sponsor the Stone House and its annual fundraiser because we believe in its work to support survivors of domestic violence. It's important to us that we give back and make a meaningful impact whenever and wherever possible.

William Hess
General Manager
Jeremy Hiltz Excavating Inc.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member of the Elizabeth Stone House for about 2 years. I chose to serve on the board because I strongly believe in its approach to working with survivors of domestic violence and related trauma. The approach illustrates an understanding of the complex and different ways DV and related trauma shows up in a survivor's life, and a willingness/commitment to meet survivors where they are.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Elizabeth Stone House for only about 3 years. In that time, though, I have been thoroughly impressed with its people and its performance. First of all, the people that work for ESH are truly amazing and completely committed to its important mission. They know they are changing lives and even saving lives every day. I have met and/or worked with people in the management of the organization, development and program delivery. I have worked with subject matter experts who know domestic violence and how to work to help survivors, the whole family, not just the women, move forward. I also know the performance. I have met some clients of ESH and each and every one of them attest to the impact being connected to ESH has had on their lives. It has changed them and saved them. They love ESH and for good reason. The mission of ESH is so important and worthwhile. If you care about addressing DV in the city of Boston, please support the Elizabeth Stone House. Your donation is well spent and will do so much good.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I are long-term donors and supporters. I value so many things about the work ESH does, but perhaps most important is their unrelenting emphasis on caring for the children of DV survivors. The trauma of DV has the most significant impact upon the youngest survivors. Untreated, they can experience lifelong negative physical, mental, emotional, educational, and social outcomes. The therapeutic childcare and programming for kids at ESH addresses their trauma, and re-builds bonds with their non-offending parent. And I love that the new building will include intentional gross-motor space designed for healing physical play!

-Laura Peterson

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board member for over 10 years and my family's involvement with the Stone house dates back about 20 years. This organization is relatively small in size, but mighty in its effect on the communities it serves. And now ESH is about to begin construction of a new building that will allow ESH to expand to serve more than three times the number of residents and community members it currently serves, and the need is very great. I could not be more proud and gratified to be involved with the Elizabeth Stone House; the extremely dedicated and hard-working staff deserve more than the 5 stars permitted here!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board in 2006, but my family had supported ESH with donations for many years before that because we knew of the wonderful work they did. ESH and its mission have grown tremendously over the years, serving more and more people both in residence and in the community, and the impact is has on those it serves is profound. My participation on this Board is a privilege, because it enables me to see first-hand the effect ESH has on residents and their children, helping them to take control of their lives and move past some terrible experiences and difficult challenges onto a positive path forward. And ESH's community outreach and programs expand its sphere of influence to the entire community and beyond. The staff at ESH is second to none - an amazing group of committed, compassionate and extremely capable people who work tirelessly for the people they are helping. This is a top-notch organization providing invaluable services and making a real difference, as we hear all the time from former residents who have come back to visit and express that sentiment. ESH doesn't just have programs for adults - the staff works with their children, too, who have been witnesses and even victims as well. There is nothing more rewarding than having a mother tell us how well her children are doing because of what ESH has done for her and her family, because we have then helped two generations of that family and, we hope, successive ones as well. I hope anyone reading this will check out the website for more detailed information.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Elizabeth Stone House is an amazing organization that offers a broad range of services and support for the families and individuals they serve with transitional house, domestic violence shelter and other supportive services. The Stone House focuses on providing assistance to individuals and families, that assistance can range from teaching parenting skills, addiction and recovery services, financial training, and a safe place to share their stories in a loving supportive environment. I have had the privilege to serve on the board of ESH for many years and seen the organization grow and mature. By January 2019 we will break ground on a new building and facility that will ensure that the programs can be expanded and more families will benefit from the services provided by ESH.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with the Elizabeth Stone House through the Wilderness Heals women's hike. I had such a good experience that I came back for a second year and was asked to be a leader. I care about this social issue and believe in the work they do. Everyone I've met who works with the Stone House as well as the people I've talked with who use its services have a positive experience. They have created and keep fostering an incredible community I'm happy to be a part of.

Board Member

Rating: 4

This organization works so hard for the community that it serves both in everyday situations and in emergencies.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We live in a culture which throws away women & children.
What is more important than an institution which not only protects & shelters this population, but gives them the deeper sustenance to realize their value, intrinsic beauty & potential?
We all know how one kind word can make a day; The Elizabeth Stone House is full to the brim with kind words, kind actions, friendship & encouragement.
Let's give them all the support we can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about the Elizabeth Stone House in 1983 and was so impressed by their compassion, vision & success that I've been a supporter ever since.
As the years have past ESH's programs have only gotten stronger. The women they serve have had the support they need to empower themselves; their children are reborn into a life of possibilities & our entire community is enriched.
When we support the Elizabeth Stone House, we honor not just these women in need, we honor all the women in our lives.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

For seven years, I participated in Wilderness Heals, a women's 3-day hike, to raise money for the Elizabeth Stone House. The staff at the Stone House are on the ground and in the trenches on a daily basis, doing the important work of keeping women and their children safe. There are very few organizations that do anything similar to what this nonprofit is able to offer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the Elizabeth Stone House for more than 15 years. I started as a Wilderness Heals hiker, an experience that changed my life while allowing me to raise money to support the women and children of the Stone House. I've never heard of a nonprofit that provides wrap around services as effectively as they do, ensuring that women can bring their children with them whenever they're fleeing a domestic violence situation. I'll continue supporting them for many years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Do not donate to the ESH. They discriminate against children who havxe disabilities!! My son has trauma and PSTD. He was talked about by staff and made fun of by the childcare staff and later terminated from the DV program because he had trauma and used bad language as a result of his trauma. The staff uses worse language as do the residents. We were put out with no place to go. The ESH is being sued for violating ADA.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board for about 10 years, and I continue to serve because of the amazing leadership and staff there. They have had a positive impact on the lives of so many people, including not only Elizabeth Stone House residents, but also those in the surrounding areas who have benefited from ESH's community programs. I cannot say enough about the commitment of the folks working at ESH, and being associated with what they do is a great honor.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Stone House, was part of the first Wilderness Heals Hike (and 2 others), and iI work for a social service agency. The staff are so down to earth....real people...approachable and respectful. Lifelong connections are made when you are involved with this agency.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for some time, volunteering for events to reestablish women's trust in men and serving as a "big brother" to a young resident of the shelter. This is an incredible organization that does so much for its residents, giving them an escape from unsafe living situations and providing all the tools they may need to get them back on their feet. I have witnessed countless success stories and life turn-arounds and am proud to be a part of this nonprofit. The staff and other volunteers have hearts of gold and are incredibly dedicated to the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Exceptional organization providing loving and caring support to families fleeing abusive homes. The staff and volunteers here exhibit a true sense of empathy for these woman and children and I'm proud to have worked with them all.

Kate G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I well remember the annual Wilderness Heals (fundraising) hike in the White Mountains in NH I did with the ESH a few years ago. What an experience. Memorable. Delightful. Extremely well organized. Staying in the huts. Being woken up by someone gently singing w a guitar. Home-cooked meals at long group tables. Hard hiking and beautiful views everywhere.
I definitely saw the values, care, and thoroughness of the ESH organization in action. Very impressive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Elizabeth Stone House is an invaluable resource to so many families. As a volunteer, I help to raise funds for the Stone House through their annual pledge hike, and also give what I can of my own money. I know that my giving and fundraising is having an impact because it goes toward operating costs that most grants won't cover, like running the parent-child center on site. While the Stone House has a strong reach in the local community, they are currently only able to serve a relatively small portion of those experiencing domestic violence and related issues in this part of Boston. DV is SO widespread. That's why I am thrilled that they are raising funds to build a new facility that will expand their services and capacity to reach more clients. I hope that our community can support them in this effort and help to meet a critical need! Their plans for expansion seem intentional, and the clients and staff are truly worth it based on my experience interacting with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A domestic violence survivor back in 2006. The Elizabeth Stone House helped me move up and on in a supportive environment. I participated in the Wilderness Heals Hike, as well. Which only increased my internal strength and confidence, with the leadership provided.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated in the three-day pledge hike first time this year in July to raise money for the Elizabeth Stone House. It was a very well organized event that I felt proud of being a part of it. Every penny raised will go to support residents of ESH that I believe has been vital for the community to help support women and their families who had experienced hardship in their lives. I will continue to support ESH in its great effort to help support women to regain control of their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this org for over two years - the staff and mission are exemplary. I'm thoroughly impressed with the efforts, results, and momentum.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work of the Elizabeth Stone House reflects their deeply held values of believing that all people deserve respect, support, and hope on their life journeys towards healing after experiencing homelessness. Their programs both within their shelter, and in the community they serve, have mitigated the effects of violence and trauma experience by women and their children. Through their connection to the Elizabeth Stone House staff and other members of the ESH community they have restored their confidence, moved towards self-sufficiency, and found resiliency in themselves and their community. For the past 12 years I have hiked with Wilderness Heals to raise money to support their programming. I come back to hike each year because I believe in their values, programs, and to support their work with women, children and families.

Bill83

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Elizabeth Stone House provides emergency and transitional housing for families victimized by domestic abuse. If that was all it did, ESH would be wonderful. But there is so much more. ESH works with its women residents to teach them life skills to put them on the road to success. ESH takes lovingly care of its children and works to mitigate the terrible effects of the trauma they have suffered. ESH makes its residents and community stronger by using the stories and life experiences of its "graduates" to help show the paths to success and help the current residents build wonderful , meaningful lives filled with dignity and purpose.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Elizabeth Stone House is an amazing nonprofit that not only provides quick-emergency help for people but also long-term support to help them move forward!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer fundraiser for the Elizabeth Stone House through Wilderness Heals. What keeps me coming back is the fact that this organization really supports its clients, in many ways and in ways that allow individual success. The Stone House is a journey for its clients, not just a quick fix. Keep up the amazing work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been hiking to raise money for the Elizabeth Stone House through Wilderness Heals for 6 years. 4 of those years I have volunteered my time to be a team leader for the 3-day pledge hike. I have visited their facilities and spoken with people in the community the Stone House has provided services to. Whether the services are residential or non-residential programs, ESH clients are able to heal and grow so that they can reclaim control over their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No group works harder, cares more deeply or spends money more wisely and carefully. Their work changes lives for women and families by breaking the cycle of homelessness caused by many difficulties. I've participated in their Wilderness Heals hiking fundraiser for five years, proudly raising money for their honorable and beneficial efforts. They're the best!