Events at Hildebrand

Our upcoming events. We hope you can join us!

Upcoming Events

  • Housing Support Sessions - 3rd Thursday of the month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Housing Support Sessions - 3rd Thursday of the 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*
  • Housing Support Sessions - 3rd Thursday of the month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Housing Support Sessions - 3rd Thursday of the 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*
    Planned Parenthood: Communication Between Family, Keeping Our Children Healthy - Wednesdays, June 7th and 14th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM

    Planned Parenthood: Communication Between Family, Keeping Our Children Healthy - Wednesdays, June 7th and 14th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM

    Planned Parenthood will be hosting a two-part education series in Spanish at Strathcona House in June. On Wednesday, June 7th, the session will focus on an overview of services offered through Planned Parenthood including affordable healthcare, preventative health, sex education, birth control, breast exams, and more. The second session, held on Wednesday, June 14th will focus on how to talk to children, pre-teens, and teenagers about healthy relationships, puberty, and sex. Childcare and dinner will be provided. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only.*
    Jayden's Summer Camp Fund

    Jayden's Summer Camp Fund

    The fund is named in honor of Jayden Mclurkin, granddaughter of longtime Board Member, Wendell Bourne, who did not live long enough to reach the age of campership. We began sponsoring children for summer camp in 2015, and this program was established as a means of helping working families in need of quality summer activities for their children. School age children who are not engaged in quality summer activities tend to fall behind their peers in September, and children experiencing homelessness are particularly at high risk.

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Workshops & Trainings

Hildebrand offers workshops and trainings tailored to address the various challenges that our families face – budgeting, housing search, parenting, stress management, building healthy relationships, healthy eating, tenancy, housekeeping, self-care, resume building, and more.

Supplemental Resources

As part of our ongoing effort to support families, Hildebrand provides supplemental resources to assist clients in meeting their most basic needs - shelter, food, clothing and transportation. We also provide food cards, clothing, MBTA Charlie cards, etc.

Seasonal Supports

Hildebrand understands that birthdays, holidays, back-to-school, summer camp, and other family milestones can cause financial stress on families. We work to secure in-kind donations to assist families in enjoying these family markers.

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  • Workshops & Trainings

    Hildebrand collaborates with a variety of organizations to provide workshops and trainings to families in shelter or in stabilization.
    Workshops & Trainings
  • Cambridge Savings Bank

    The “Financial Education” series is a four week training facilitated by Cambridge Savings Bank. The topics of the workshop are as follows:
    • Budgeting and Saving
    • Managing a Checking Account
    • Credit
    • Fraud
  • Community Servings

    The “Eating for Health” series is a four week workshop facilitated by Community Servings, an organization that is committed to providing nutrition education for communities and families. Classes are led by a registered dietician or nutritionist. The goal of the series is to teach families how to improve their health through their food choices. The topics include:
    • Planning a Healthy Meal
    • Portion Control and Weight Management
    • Healthy Cooking Techniques
    • Grocery Shopping on a Budget

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  • Families First Parenting Programs

    Families First Parenting Programs facilitates the P.E.A.C.E. Series, a seven week parenting training. Topics include:
    • Parenting without a Home
    • Self-Esteem
    • Communication Skills for Parenting and Beyond
    • Importance of Positive Discipline
    • Effective Discipline Tools for Toddlers through Teens
    • The Power of Nurturing Play vs. Electronic Media
    • Looking Back and Moving Forward

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  • Project Place

    The “Getting to Know yourself in the Workplace” series is a four week training facilitated by Project Place, an organization whose aim is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. The focus of the training is to build soft skills in order to be successful in the work place. Topics include:
    • Understanding Your Strengths
    • Building Confidence
    • Assertiveness
    • Moving Forward

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  • Story Stream

    The Healing Stories “From Surviving to Thriving” series is a six week support group that aims to help women understand themselves and their stories. Women learn hard skills such as speaking in a group, eye contact, and the ability to connect with a story as well as soft skills such as learning to be reflective and centered.

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  • YWCA

    The Health Workshop Series is a six week workshop facilitated by YW Boston, in a continuing effort to empower women and eliminate health disparities. Topics include:
    • Self-esteem
    • Healthy Relationships
    • Sexual Health
    • Breast Health
    • Heart Health/Stress Management
    • Diabetes

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  • Supplemental Resources

    Charlie Cards
    Hildebrand provides pre-loaded Charlie cards to assist clients in traveling via the MBTA to attend meetings, conduct housing search, and attend workshops. Cards are distributed on a case by case basis.

    Family Resource Closet
    Hildebrand depends on in-kind donations and community support to operate a Family Resource Closet complete with diapers, wipes, diaper cream, basic toiletries, clothes, shoes, jackets, books, toys, and baby gear.

    Food Cards
    When families first enter shelter, they often arrive with just a few bags of belongings. If needed, families are given a grocery store gift card upon arrival to shelter to help them get started. At times, families may need support while applying for SNAP benefits (if applicable), or, emergency help during a rough month. Food cards are distributed on a case by case basis and families must engage in budgeting with their Case Managers to come up with long-term solutions for healthy nutrition. Families are also given location-specific food pantry and community dinner information.
    Supplemental Resources
  • Seasonal Supports

    Support for Children
    Campership Scholarships
    Hildebrand works with local agencies and sets aside funding to provide camp scholarships for school-aged children. Summer camps offer families safe, engaging activities to fill the summer months.
    Clothes for Kids [link to Clothes for Kids flier]

    This program provides a $50 gift card to school-aged children 10 and under or a $100 gift card to children ages 11 and up to purchase clothes for the new school year. Clothes for Kids helps to promote self-esteem, reinforce self-worth and help level the playing field for children experiencing homelessness. 

    Holiday Gift Drive
    Living in shelter is always difficult for children and families, and the stressors become even more challenging during the holiday season. Hildebrand works with generous donors, companies, and community members to be able to give each child gifts directly from their holiday wish-list. Gifts are given to parents/guardians to distribute to give a sense of ownership to the process.

    Support for Families
    Thanksgiving Turkeys & Fixings
    Hildebrand aims to provide turkeys and fixings to all interested families that do not have a place to go to celebrate the holiday.

    Holiday Party
    Hildebrand families come together to celebrate the holiday season with arts and crafts, face painting, games, bowling, dinner, dessert, and other festive activities.
    Seasonal Supports

Contact

614 Massachusetts Avenue
Third Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

Ph: 617-491-5752
F: 617-491-2385
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Hours

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.