Whether through previous emergency shelter programs or the current Housing First program model, at the Hildebrand we are committed to working in collaboration with families, building on strengths rather than weaknesses; and identifying ways for our families not only to survive, but also to thrive.
Our program is designed to help families experiencing homelessness gain more self-sufficiency on their journey. As one of the largest family shelter providers in Massachusetts, in addition to shelter, we offer case management, workshops and trainings, supplemental resources, seasonal support, and more to 126 families in shelter.
The goal of Stabilization Services is to ensure once families leave shelter they have the support network and tools necessary to maintain self-sufficiency. Stabilization services supports families in identifying community resources, building and maintaining good tenant/landlord relationships, and identifying and eliminating obstacles for continued success.
Hildebrand owns and operates a portfolio of 11 units of permanent affordable housing. As a tenant of Hildebrand permanent housing, families have access to supports, services, and resources designed to assist clients in being good neighbors, building positive landlord-tenant relationships, and remaining self-sufficient.
Before coming to Hildebrand, Arianne was living in the Days Inn Hotel in Methuen with four of her children. She made the choice to transfer to Hildebrand because she knew the environment was not good for her children. On her advice to new families entering Hildebrand, she said, “Appreciate it, follow the rules, let the social workers guide you, follow directions to get where you want to. It’s easy – at first I was lost – Hildebrand made such a huge impact.”
"My experience with EA shelter was less than memorable prior to being placed here at Hildebrand. Since I've been working with Marc I see a tremendous difference in how people who care about their clients, and their willingness to help make such a meaningful difference in the quality of life. Not only here in shelter, but well into the future. Everyone's outgoing positive attitude is contagious and motivates me to do the best I can to help myself and others around me. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have been placed here. I really just wanted to thank the people who have helped me in such a short period of time. It has been a long journey." Check out Lana's full story here!.
At first, she says, “I was scared because I had been through this process once before…the kids were very aggravated and stressed from all the instability.” But with the help of Cristiano, she said, “I learned how to deal with different situations, and I can present myself in a respectful manner. I can deal with life on my own terms.” While at Hildebrand, Robyn enrolled in Hi-SET (GED) classes, completed Cambridge Savings Bank budgeting workshops and “learned to advocate for myself.” Robyn and her two children successfully transitioned out of shelter and moved into permanent, affordable housing in January!
Cooking Matters - Wednesday, November 8th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
As part of the No Kids Hungry Campaign, Cooking Matters will be hosting a one-hour workshop focused on how to eat healthy while on a budget. Participants will learn how to find healthiest options, get best value for fruits and vegetables, compare unit prices to find bargains, understand food labels, find whole grains, and stick to their budget! Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand families.
Stretching a Tight Budget and Earning More Money - Wednesday, November 15th from 5:00 to 6:30 PM
Evan Diamond of Cambridge Savings Bank is back at Hildebrand to facilitate a workshop that will cover topics ranging from stretching a tight budget, tracking expenses, creative savings, what to look for in employment, and how to find a job. Light refreshments will be served. To attend, RSVP to your case manager. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand families.
Leading The Way Home Voucher Information Sessions
Marc Jean-Jacques, Housing Search & Tenant Support Specialist, will be facilitating LTWH voucher information sessions for Hildebrand families who are voucher recipients. If you are one of those families, please send your RSVP to your case manager for one of the following dates: Friday, October 20th from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, Wednesday, November 1st from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, or Saturday, November 18th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Marc will review frequently asked questions about the voucher, how to conduct an apartment search and talk to a landlord, what to look for in an apartment, and how to be a good tenant. You will also learn about Hildebrand's stabilization services.
Housing Support Sessions - Third Thursday of every month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Families will have the opportunity to work with different Case Managers on a weekly basis to get assistance completing housing applications, performing housing searches, receive coaching and an introduction to HomeBASE and the HAND Up Fund, identify barriers to housing and gain direction towards resolving them, and touch on other housing related topics. Those who attend will also be able to exchange ideas and information with other families receiving services from Hildebrand. For more information on the Housing Support Sessions, please contact your case manager at 617-491-5752. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only*
We're excited to host another cycle of The Parenting Journey, a series which helps parents become more confident by building on their strengths, resulting in a more nurturing family relationship. Many parents are often best served by first stepping back and reflecting on their own childhood experiences, before they begin to develop concrete goals for improving their relationship with their own children. Facilitated by our own Case Manager, Marisol, and Residential Manager of Morse House, Meaghan, this 12-week workshop series focuses on promoting attitudes that enhance good parenting behaviors as well as providing the tools for parents to effectively model these behaviors at home.The workshop will be held at our main office from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Thursdays, starting September 14th. Dinner and child care will be provided each week. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand families.
Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc. partners with families experiencing homelessness. We provide shelter, permanent housing, work readiness programs, and life skill development. We restore hope and build brighter futures.