• Latest News, Announcements and Press at Hildebrand

    Latest News, Announcements and Press at Hildebrand

2020 Back to School Campaign

This year, “back to school” means something very different to students of all ages than it did last September. The COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking havoc on planning – summer plans changed; jobs changed; child care changed; grocery shopping changed; socializing and getting together changed. So much change! Not much looks the same right now as it did a year ago.   But there are still things that haven’t changed, and that you can still rely on! And Hildebrand’s connection to children and families is top of that list.   Hildebrand has always had a strong commitment to each and...
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MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO, SHIELA Y MOORE

Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center represents the lived experience of the disenfranchised, and the fight for equality.  We stand with Black Lives Matter, aligned in our commitment to improve the lives of those we serve and dismantle systemic racism, a contributing factor to homelessness. 

The fight to end homelessness is inexplicably tied to social, racial and economic justice. As sad and angry as we are about the death of George Floyd and many others, we are aware that communities of color face many forms of violence.  Homelessness is violence; poverty and hunger are violence; over- incarceration, poor education and inadequate health care are all assaults on dignity, respect, opportunity, and humanity that tear at the fabric of family and community.

The ongoing pandemic has also had a devastating and disproportionate impact on communities of color and again, reveals their lack of access to medical care which contributes to poorer health outcomes.  Hildebrand staff understands this and has been relentless in their efforts to keep families safe.

Homelessness is a condition that disproportionately effects black and brown people. Family homelessness is rooted in race and gender bias, wage inequality, unemployment, displacement (usually caused by gentrification or domestic violence), and housing discrimination and lack of affordability.  Ninety percent of the families we serve are people of color who are Black and Latinx.  We are in tough times and yet, times have always been tough for those we support. They have always faced an overwhelming confluence of issues, and Hildebrand has been the haven where families come to recover from the trauma brought on by each of these dehumanizing encounters. 

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HILDEBRAND FAMILY SELF-HELP CENTER awarded Cummings Grant; A leading family homelessness provider receives Cummings Foundation grant!

CAMBRIDGE, MAY 22, 2020 – Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center is one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program. The Cambridge-based organization was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.

Hildebrand partners with families experiencing homelessness, to help them gain more self-sufficiency on their journey. As one of the largest family shelter providers in Massachusetts, Hildebrand endeavors to break the cycle of homelessness by providing shelter, permanent housing, training and work readiness programs, and life skills development.

“Hildebrand operates 135 units of emergency shelter, and helps families overcome the barriers to securing housing,” said Shiela Y. Moore, Hildebrand’s CEO. “We approach each family’s situation as unique and believe every family has strengths upon which to build a brighter future. In the past 10 years, 763 families have moved from shelter to housing so we know our strengths-based programming truly works.  We impact the long-term housing stability of the most vulnerable members of our community.”   Hildebrand operates 11 units of permanent housing and places over 70 families a year into affordable housing throughout the Greater Boston area.

The Cummings support will allow families to continue to receive stabilization services for two years after they leave the emergency shelter program to ensure they remain stably housed. The stabilization program is designed to prevent the recurrence of homelessness. When families transition into permanent housing, Hildebrand works with the head of household to ensure they stay on course with their plan to increase economic mobility and avoid the pitfalls that may put the family’s housing at risk.  “We are so grateful for this leadership support from Cummings Foundation, who share our vision and commitment to restore hope and build brighter futures,” said Moore.

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The Free Philosophy Project: Parents in shelter gather together for philosophical discussions

Every Tuesday evening of the school year at Columbia House, you will find a group of parents seated around a kitchen table, enjoying snacks and one another’s company. While the kids are busy playing with Horizons for Homeless Children’s PALs, the parents are busy having philosophical discussions posing questions such as: What defines a miracle? How does our culture influence definitions of beauty? What value does love bring to our lives? This group discussion is led by Maité Cruz Tleugabulova, a PhD candidate of philosophy from Boston University and a member of the Free Philosophy Project. The Free Philosophy Project began...
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The Importance of Self-Care at Hildebrand

According to the Simmons School of Social Work, social services professionals are often susceptible to burnout because of the high levels of empathy required for the job. Burnout is work-related physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. In order to combat burnout in the social services field, Simmons staff suggests encouraging self-care in the human services agency. So, what is self-care? It is a way to balance activities and sustain long-term happiness in careers and relationships by being mindful of your needs and limitations. There are various ways to promote self-care in your agency, but Simmons staff also suggest including self-care activities in...
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Coming Home: A Client Success

In October, we hosted our first Open House at our administrative office here in Cambridge. We were fortunate enough to have a former client come and speak about his experience. Humbled by his experience Ibrahim had given a relatively short summary of his experience before going on to explain the long-lasting affects the circumstances that led him to Hildebrand continues to have on him and his family. In short, he escaped war-torn Sudan and seven years later is now a proud homeowner, here in Massachusetts. Read his story below: Ibrahim and his family escaped war-torn Sudan as political refugees in 2010....
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An increased focus on stabilization

Since Shiela Y. Moore took the reigns as CEO of Hildebrand in 2013, we have continued to grow and evolve in order to better support the families we serve. Under Shiela’s leadership our shelter capacity has increased from 99 families to 126; expanding the congregate living model from 23 units to 53 within two years after witnessing its increased success. She has increased our permanent housing from 5 units to 11, and finance and property management are now all conducted in house thanks to her efforts. While we continue to make great strides, family homelessness is not going away. Last year,...
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A Message from Leadership

Dear Friends, We are proud to share this report which reflects the outcomes of our work in FY’16. We are very appreciative of the support received from collaborators, donors, and fellow advocates in the fight to advance our vision that every family has a home. Hildebrand is an organization focused on permanent housing and stabilization, emergency shelter, and the provision of services that move families toward self-sufficiency. In FY’16, we placed 59 families into permanent housing and provided emergency shelter to 219 families. Despite the best efforts of our staff and providers across the state, families are the fastest growing segment...
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Increasing Therapeutic Play Opportunities

Shelter disproportionately focuses on adults and adult children ages 18 years or older. Parents are required to do 30 hours a week of job and housing search, work, school, and/or training program, and receive weekly case management where they discuss barriers to housing like credit or CORI issues, arrears, etc. as well as savings in order to help families become stabilized and, in turn, find housing. On a monthly basis, parents, adult children, and their case managers review their re-housing plans, which cover everything they need to do in order to become stabilized. These plans contain accomplishable goals that advance families...
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Welcome Our New Director of Development!

We’re excited to welcome Krystle Kelly to our team as the Director of Development! In this newly created position, Krystle will be engaging with our supporters, creating more volunteer opportunities, diversifying our funding through additional grant opportunities, and raising Hildebrand’s profile through community outreach. Krystle has over ten years’ experience working in Development and seven years’ experience working with families experiencing homelessness at Housing Families. “Initially, what drew me to Hildebrand was the mission to secure a home for every family. It’s a mission that has always been close to my heart and what drew me to the Development field ten...
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Show of Unity

Together, Boston area nonprofits are helping to ensure that all children get the support they need to build a brighter future. #kidsfirst   For more information, please visit www.weputkidsfirst.org. 
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Welcome the New Director of Operations

Please join us in welcoming the newest addition to Hildebrand’s Senior Team, Shawne K. Gillies, as the new Director of Operations. In this newly created position, Shawne will help to improve operational systems, including supporting better management reporting, information flow, business process, and organizational planning.  Leading a team of six, including three Facilities Technicians, the Facilities Coordinator, and Property and Housing Placement Manager, Shawne’s role involves managing all Hildebrand owned properties, leased residential and storage units, and office spaces and ensuring that standard best practices are in place by improving processes and policies in support of organizational goals and formulating and...
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National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2016

Yesterday marked the start of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week; I could not think of a better way to enter the holiday season. While many of us gather together to celebrate with family, it can be easy to forget about those people who are not as fortunate. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 46.7 million people in the United States are living below the poverty line and 49 million are at risk of suffering from hunger. Your neighbor, coworker, your child's best friend at school, or even their teacher could be suffering from hunger. Homelessness and hunger do...
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Organizational Values

Since Shiela Y. Moore has taken over as CEO of Hildebrand, she’s worked diligently to improve our infrastructure. Hildebrand has grown exponentially under her leadership, from a 40 person team to 70 employees, 99 units of shelter to 126 units, and increased the permanent housing capacity to 11 units. Last year, Shiela, the Board of Directors, and Senior Management shifted Hildebrand’s focus and went through a rebranding process to ensure the organization has a more accurate and adequate representation. Along with rebranding, the Board of Directors (BOD) and Senior Management (SM) collaborated to refine the organization’s vision, mission, and values.  Our...
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Strathcona at a Glance

This past April, we opened Strathcona House, the fifth congregate living program in our portfolio, which was created out of the need to accommodate larger families while providing them with consistent structure and ongoing support in hopes that it will decrease their lengths of stay in shelter. The average length of stay for families living in scattered sites is a little over 15 months, while those living in the congregate setting move out in about half that time. Families living in congregate living programs have the added benefit of residential assistants, who help with job and housing searches, life skills classes,...
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Letter from the Chief Executive Officer

Dear Friends, We envision a community in which every family has a home.     I am honored to be leading an organization that provides such essential services to families experiencing homelessness. This is my first annual report so this message encompasses my reflection on the past three years. I joined Hildebrand in 2013, and we have been solely focused on transitions, planning, program expansion, and infrastructure building - all in the midst of what was termed a crisis in homelessness.  In 2013, Massachusetts experienced an 8 percent increase in the number of families in shelter as many factors converged to...
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Just in Time for Father's Day!

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and we wanted to take the time to highlight the Nurturing Fathers Program that we’ve been running over the past 10 weeks. Our goal is to provide support in a peer group setting to fathers, who are often underappreciated. Oftentimes, boys receive mixed messaging about what fatherhood entails. Take, for instance, the portrayal of mothers vs. fathers in sitcoms and television; most often, mothers are celebrated and credited for raising the children. Even when we look at our own culture: during Mother’s Day women are given roses at restaurants and offered respite from their copious responsibilities...
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A Journey Home: One Family's Success

Before entering shelter, Esther, Wilson, and their two children, Farah and Samuel* came to Boston in the wake of the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. They lived comfortably in Haiti; Wilson was an engineer and they owned their own home. After a forced relocation, they were offered housing in a couple of friends’ apartment. Esther and Wilson both had temporary jobs at a candy factory, but were unable to live off this pay alone. Eventually, the overcrowded apartment made for a difficult living situation and their friends asked them to leave. During their first few nights of homelessness, the family...
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The Parenting Journey

We're 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. 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 managers, Marisol and 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. Marisol and Meaghan are...
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It Takes a Community...

"It Takes a Community..." by Kelly Blackburn The weather is starting to turn towards spring, but just a couple of weeks ago, we had one of those bitter cold New England weekends. For most of us, we are able to turn up the heat and stay sheltered from the weather. Especially on days like those, I think about how tough it must be if you don’t have easy access to things some of us take for granted– proper clothes, ability to pay the oil bill, a roof over your head. I remember how fortunate I am to be able to wait...
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Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
*congregate living programs are staffed 24/7

About Us

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.