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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

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Elizabeth Stone House's pledge hike, Wilderness Heals, for over five years and can't imagine my life without it. They help so many people in need and have even helped me to become the person I am today. They truly are angels.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ESH is a great organization that I have enjoyed working with at various events over the years. The staff are truly committed and driven to help the residents and their mission. You can see the impact the ESH has on their residents and the community. The ESH is an amazing NFP that deserves to be recognized for all they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I write as a donor, and as a long-term volunteer for their primary fundraising event, Wilderness Heals. Over time, I have seen the event evolve to improve participant training and safety, and incorporate and adapt to new modes of publicity and communication. I will let other, better qualified, reviewers speak to the effectiveness of their programming, but as an agency they have been open, transparent and responsive. They treat me like a valued part of their community, and not just an ATM or a moving, replaceable part.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I write this review as a donor, and long-time volunteer (I've participated in, and helped organize their annual fundraising hike, Wilderness Heals, for about 15 years). Their staff have always been responsive to input and concerns, yet at the same time maintain healthy limits and boundaries around their critical program work. The Stone House keeps their focus on their mission, and on the needs of the communities they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined ESH as a volunteer with their Network of GentleMen, linking positive male role models to the families of the House with fun activities (summer BBQ) and donor support. I work for a large community foundation where my job is to closely evaluate the performance of local Boston nonprofits. The staff of ESH are responsive and dedicated to the families, and have created an excellent way to engage members of the community in their cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new volunteer at The Elizabeth Stone House, only starting 6 months ago, I have been amazed at how dedicated and passionate the Staff and Board Members are to the women and children of ESH. I recently had the pleasure of attending a dinner in honor of the beneficiaries ESH supports and hear about each and every woman's accomplishments thus far. Being present at the dinner allowed me the opportunity to see first hand how important ESH's mission is to their fellow beneficiaries. ESH is changing people's lives in a significant way and I am sincerely blessed to play a small part in this amazing organization!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the Stone House since I was in high school along with a few of my childhood friends (15 years now). It is a great organization that gives people a second chance. Watching what they do and the dedication of their staff is truly inspirational.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer. The staff really cares about the residents and what they do there

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at and donate to Elizabeth Stone House because their efforts give people a chance in life. They take people in dire circumstances, often victims of domestic abuse - women, children, and some men - and strive to not only deliver them from their predicaments but give them a foundation to succeed. And they have programs in place to help people sustain their improved lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate and occasionally volunteer with Elizabeth Stone House because the services they provide give people a shot in life. The women and children dealing with domestic violence aren't worried about acing a math test to become an engineer, practicing to become a star baseball player, or working with other community members to improve their neighborhood. They are trying to avoid the next acute trauma, they are wondering where their next meal might come from...The Elizabeth Stone House gives them a chance to live a life of freedom, rather than being controlled, a chance to thrive, rather than working hard to simply survive.