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 provide respite for families experiencing homelessness. 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 118 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!
On Saturday, April 30th, for National Independent Bookstore Day, Porter Square Books. will have stacks of ARCs (early copies of upcoming books that publishers send out to bookstores and reviewers so we can tell you that a new book is so amazing but you can't read it for another two months) available in exchange for donations in support of the work we do here at Hildebrand! So be sure to mark your calendars!
We're also excited to host The Parenting Journey workshop series, which helps parents to become more confident by building on their strengths, resulting in a more nurturing family relationship. This 12-week workshop series focuses on promoting attitudes that enhance good parenting behaviors and providing the tools for parents to effectively model these behaviors at home, facilitated by our own Case Managers, Marisol and Meaghan, who've also gone through the training. The workshop will be held at Hildebrand from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursdays, April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, and June 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd. Dinner and child care will be provided each week. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand families only.
Nurturing Fathers - Mondays (and Tuesdays if a holiday) April 11th through July 5th
We are excited to host another Nurturing Fathers workshop series here at Hildebrand, facilitated by our own Residential Manager, Marc, and Case Manager, Raychelle. All fathers are encouraged to attend Nurturing Fathers, to go on this journey to explore their own childhood and how they were raised and to discover the role that fathers play in their children's lives. At the end of this 13-week series, the fathers will participate in a graduation celebration with a guest speaker from the Department of Community and Housing Development. Friends and family are invited to join the celebration. Workshops will be held on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM (*Tuesday when there is a holiday): April 11th, *19th, and 25th, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 31st, June 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, and *July 5th. Dinner and child care will be provided each week. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand families only.
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.