Our mission: Stone House makes a difference in our community by caring for and protecting adult and child survivors of domestic abuse, and helping them rebuild safe, secure, independent lives of purpose and self-fulfillment.

Stone House opened its doors in 1974 as an alternative to institutionalization for women with mental health issues. Since then, we’ve evolved into a robust, inclusive and essential home/community space for adult, child and family survivors of domestic violence.

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Like a traditional stone house, our facility provides protection, safety and an overall sense of well-being. Our tailored programs for care, assistance and personal enrichment help rebuild lives — enabling futures with enduring hope, purpose and fulfillment.

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Treating multiple traumas. Nurturing the entire being.

Domestic violence is about more than physical, emotional, sexual and psychological acts. It’s about power and control. Stone House combines the security of a safe environment with a range of programs and services — residential and community based — to support trauma recovery, personal growth and development of essential life skills. Our overarching mission is to help participants create a path to a secure, positive and fulfilling life.

The tangible difference we make: year-in and year-out.

Our new integrated supportive housing and community-based service complex is designed to provide expanded services to more than 2,000 clients and community members each year. Examples from our 2020 fiscal year include:

Adult domestic violence survivors gained the knowledge and understanding to meet personal challenges of trauma, relapse, anger and mental health.
Survivor parents enhanced their parenting skills through classes and support groups.
Children and their parents reinforced their bonds through family strengthening activities.
Households found safe haven in shelter, transitional housing or stable permanent housing.
Adult domestic violence survivors moved closer to financial stability through financial literacy counseling and classes.
Meals and 750 items of clothing to help survivors meet basic needs.

Key milestones from our legacy of innovation.

  • 1978 Opened the first domestic violence shelter that encouraged women to bring their children.

  • 1988 Our Roxbury transitional housing facility opens.

  • 1995 Extended our wraparound support services, previously only for Stone House residents, to our entire neighborhood.

  • 1997 Opened our Parent-Child Center to enhance parenting skills and childcare.

  • 1998 Financial literacy classes introduced.

  • 2007 Parenting classes extended to men.

  • 2009 First transgender resident welcomed to domestic violence shelter.

  • 2011 First male resident welcomed to transitional housing program.

  • 2013 Launched capital campaign for new building.

  • 2021 Our expanded Family Center set to open with licensed day care.

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Stone House thanks its partners who are an integral part of our work.

Cummings Foundation      United Way      Natixis      MINTZ

Jane Doe, Inc.

Stone House is a proud member of Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

The creation of this website was partially supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance through a Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) grant from the Office of Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.