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.
The Elizabeth Stone House is an enduring asset to the communities that it serves. Women in transition from the communities of Roxbury,Jamaica Plain, Dorchester,and other Boston neighborhoods will always find an open door and a helping hand at the Elizabeth Stone House.
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.
ESH supports women in gaining their independence and building strong families. A unique and successful approach
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.
I have been on the Board of the Elizabeth Stone House now for 4 years and my knowledge and admiration of the work done there continues to grow. They care deeply about the people they serve as well as their employees. To do all this for over 40 years now, they of course need to run their operations well and this is something I continue to see being done.
Elizabeth Stone House has some of the most dedicated and results-oriented staff in the non-profit world in my opinion. They are truly focused on their mission of helping both families and individuals impacted by domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness resolve their issues and become independent and productive individuals. The staff at ESH sets goals with its residents and monitors their progress. They are an important force within the Roxbury, MA community and they make a difference every day.
I've beeen involved with the Elizabeth Stone House for over four years now. First as a donor, then as a volunteer and I just became a board member this year. Elizabeth Stone House makes a difference in the lives of its clients and I've seen this first hand. One of our board members is a former resident of the Stone House and her story as well as the story of many others is inspiring. Both the staff and the board of Elizabeth Stone House are very committed individuals trying to make a difference every day in the lives of their residents and in the local community.
The Elizabeth Stone House provides a holistic approach to helping women and their children find independence. In addition to mental health and addiction treatment services, the ESH teaches fiscal responsibility and all of the practical skills needed to become productive and successful in living independently. In addition to the domestic violence shelter and transitional housing program, hundreds of community members receive support and services from the ESH. It is amazing how much the staff can do with their limited resources -- they are incredibly dedicated. I am proud to be affiliated with the ESH.
I started working with the Elizabeth Stone House (ESH) as a volunteer hiker, raising money for the organization. Through the hike, I had the opportunity to meet a few of the women whose lives had been changed by the services offered by the ESH. The personalized approach to each woman's situation and needs is really unique. I like that the goal is to help women lead independent lives, and be the best parents they can be. And the continued support for women and their children after they leave the ESH ensures long-term success.
I have been a Board member for the Elizabeth Stone House for 2 years now and I continue to be impressed by this organization's Staff and Board with regard to their commitment and skill in serving those individuals and families whose lives have been effected by domestic violence. ESH is a high functioning organization that makes a significant contribution to both its residents and its neighboring community.
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.
Since joining the board 3 year ago, I have been amazed by the staff at the stone house and the dedictaion they have for improving the lives of each and every person who walks through the door for help! It has been a pleasure to watch the stone house grow and I am looking forward to watching it develop in the furture.