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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Preschools, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: Ellis Memorial, Boston’s first settlement house, has been caring for children, disabled adults, elders, and families who live and work in the South End and adjacent neighborhoods since 1885. We offer high quality educational, social, and health support services to individuals and families in need within a safe, nurturing, diverse environment.

Geographic areas served: boston area

Programs: Adult day health program - serves frail, elderly, and disabled adults in a group setting using a medically based model providing nutritional, social and medical services as prevention for those at risk of otherwise being institutionalized. 93% of funding for this program was provided by third-party medicaid reimbursements. The program served 47 adults and their families for the fiscal year ending 6/30/14.

preschool - serves children between the ages of 2. 9 years and 5 years old providing early education in a classroom setting along with nutritional, social, emotional and family support services. 61% of funding for this program was provided by government contracts. The program served 86 children and 56 families for the fiscal year ending 6/30/14.

infants and toddlers - serves children under the age of 3 years providing early education along with nutritional, social, emotional and family support services. 61% of funding for this program was provided by private payers. The program served 89 children and 60 families for the fiscal year ending on 6/30/14.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I got to volunteer at the Ellis Memorial, which consisted of doing arts and crafts with these wonderful children and then I got to obverse them open there present from Frosty Friends. This was so special to me, to see the joy and excitement that one extra present the child got to open for the holiday was breathtaking. It's been a year and i still talk about it, I can't wait to participate again this year!! The people who spend there days watching over these kids were so friendly, this is truly a great organization!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for Ellis over 12 years ago, and I cannot think of a more rewarding experience! To see the bright, eager faces of the youngsters who are so eager to learn, and who are thus enabled to do so thhrough the Ellis programs, provides a payback that no amount of monetary compensation could ever approach. Thanks to the staff and all of the "Ellis Family" for allowing me this priviledge!!

Zarina T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had 2 kids in the Ellis early education program. My son attended from 14 months until he started school this year. My 26 month old daughter has been there since she was 4 months old. Their early education program is fantastic. The way that they combine children from varied culture, economic and family backgrounds in every classroom makes for a very balanced 'real world' environment and enriches the experience of all the children. My daughter is excited about seeing her friends every day, and is always excited about what she has been doing when I pick her up. Both teachers and management are extremely dedicated and caring. Over the years I have seen how Ellis supports families, whether it is a hug from a teacher for a child who is sad when they arrive in the morning, supporting learning difficulties, or helping out a family in need with clothing donations. The staff always go the extra mile to help their 'families' get the most out of their children's early years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son started at Ellis two-days a week to get him interacting with other kids his age. He loved it from the very beginning! His teachers have always been very involved in his development and are very well respected by the kids. Our son has graduated from the Toddler room and began this school year in Preschool 1. We have had nothing but good things to say about the program and his teachers. Ellis is a great hidden secret in the South End. We love that we can walk to school!


Client Served

Rating: 5

My first daughter began attending Ellis's Toddler I program at age 14months. Since then she has gone on to the Toddler II program and then into their preschool 1 program. In addition, my second daughter started in the infant program at age 3 months. The care is wonderful; the caregivers are warm, friendly and loving and beyond capable. My children both love going each day and I never have to worry about their happiness and welfare, which is a great relief to a parent. In addition, Ellis is located downtown and an affordable option, two important issues in our life since we both work downtown and childcare is so expensive. We love the socio, ethnic and economic diversity in each classroom. It is of great importance to my husband and I that our children grow up without prejudice and instead with a love for all people. Ellis is key in getting that philosophy underway for us. We also donate to the school and I promote it to other parents, to get the word around the Boston area. There should be more resources available like Ellis.



Rating: 5

I am a supporter of their capital campaign which is renovating two beautiful, historical buildings in the South End in Boston. This project will truly make a major difference in our community and expand services to families seeking quality child care and elder care.