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Elizabeth Stone House, Inc.

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Financial Counseling, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

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

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Randy18

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

As a retired Social Worker in the fields of child abuse and domestic violence I am honored to volunteer my time to the Elizabeth Stone House. I am constantly impressed by the dedication ,skill, and compassion that the staff bring to this very difficult and challenging work everyday.
This is more than a vocation for the people that work there. It is a calling and a ministry.

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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.

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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.

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.


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 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.

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ESH supports women in gaining their independence and building strong families. A unique and successful approach

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've raised funds for the Elizabeth Stone House by participating on the Wilderness Heals hike for the past 3 summers. And I've served on the ESH Board of Directors for 1 year. The organization provides life-saving services to women and their children, and also provides programs and support to over 800 people in the community each year. It is a most exciting time for the ESH -- a new facility will eventually be built a few blocks from the current site, that will dramatically increase the programs that ESH can offer.
I am proud to be affiliated with the Elizabeth Stone House. Employees of the ESH are some of the most dedicated, professional, and caring people I've had the pleasure to meet. They are helping women change their lives, gain independence, and raise healthy, happy families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Elizabeth Stone House is a small but powerful non-profit. I started by hiking with Wilderness Heals as a way to support a small charity, but their support of volunteers is very impressive, and that's why i keep hiking.
The morning of the hike one of the recipients of the ESH speaks to the hikers. Each time it is a moving experience that leaves everyone in tears.
Wilderness Heals isn't a big event, and because of that i feel i am making a real difference in someone's life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a participant of the fundraising hike, Wilderness Heals, I have seen the hard work of the Elizabeth Stone House over the years and they are truly amazing. I dedicate every summer to raising funds because they do such amazing work and really help individuals and families get back on their feet. The organization provides such great assurance and really fits it to their client's needs.