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Waking from the Nightmare to a Dream Come True

Waking from the Nightmare to a Dream Come True
Lana* was laid off in March of 2015 and became homeless in May. Before coming to Hildebrand, Lana, her husband, and their daughter were placed in Emergency Assistance shelter in Central Massachusetts. “I tried to be optimistic, I wanted to follow the rules, and to go in prepared,” she said, having meticulously read rules in order to comply with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Unfortunately, however, her experience at her first shelter was extremely difficult and morally degrading. She was placed into a scattered site apartment in a complex with other families in either scattered site or subsidized...
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Why I Joined the Hildebrand Board, by Kelly Mann

Why I Joined the Hildebrand Board, by Kelly Mann
"Why I joined the Hildebrand Board" By: Guest Blogger, Kelly Mann, Chair of the Board When people ask why you joined a Board of Directors for a non-profit they are most often anticipating a heartwarming story of immediate connection with the mission of the organization.  Sitting on a Board is often not glamorous and involves a lot of agenda driven conversation, voting on motions, and reviewing an unending stream of paperwork. It would take someone whose heart is in the mission of a nonprofit to join their Board. However, if I am to be honest about why I joined the Board...
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A Guide for the Journey Home

A Guide for the Journey Home
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. Five people living in the same room makes for a stressful living situation.   “At first, [my children] had a lot of questions, ‘why weren’t we living in a house?’ – they started acting up,” Arianne said of her time in Methuen. When she first came to Hildebrand she was “excited because my kids felt like they were in a home.” At the...
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Staff Spotlight: Barbara Gaul, Residential Assistant

Staff Spotlight: Barbara Gaul, Residential Assistant
Barbara Gaul has been with Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc. since July of 2012, but that wasn’t her first experience in the realm of homelessness. “I always worked in a school, but always had a second job,” she said, working at Caspar, Inc., a homeless shelter for individuals with drug and alcohol addictions, for 5 years before working at Heading Home, Inc. née Shelter, Inc. and eventually joining Hildebrand. As her reasons for making the leap from the Boston Public School system to the homeless sector, “I wanted to make a difference.” Caspar, Inc. was a great fit for Barbara at...
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Investing in Your Staff

Investing in Your Staff
A reaction to "Lessons from Leaders," a panel at ADVANCE the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network annual conference 21 October 2015 It was a warm fall morning, bursting with traffic down route 128 and the mass pike,  the ballroom at the Sheraton Framingham was bustling with nearly 600 people employed at over 400 different nonprofits in Massachusetts. Tammy Dowley-Blackman, the Vice President of CFLeads, moderated the opening plenary, "Lessons from Leaders." She began the discussion by asking, "How do we do this work and how do we do it well?" Stewart Lanier, the Director of Consulting & Executive Transitions at Third Sector New...
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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.