Who We Are

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 combines the security of a safe home with a range of programs and services around personal growth, life-skill building and trauma recovery – all designed to help participants create a path to
a fulfilling and positive life.


Stone House was founded as Elizabeth Stone House in 1974 as a residential alternative to institutionalization for women with mental illness. We believed there was a better way to aid these women and created a robust center for recovery and safe harbor for them. Our footprint extended to opening a domestic violence shelter—the first in the nation where women were encouraged to bring their children with them—and then, a transitional housing facility in Roxbury. Both are still in operation today.

Wrap-around support services, previously provided only to Stone House residents, were extended to all neighborhood residents in 1995. Two years later, the agency opened a Parent-Child Center to provide even better care for the children of adult clients. Financial literacy classes became a part of the agency’s programming in 1998. Parenting classes were extended to men in 2007. The shelter bucked convention in 2009 by welcoming its first transgender resident, and in 2011, the agency’s residential programming went co-ed as we welcomed the first male resident into the transitional housing program.

This history and concurrent momentum is now in the final construction and completion of our new home. We plan to move in during 2021. The new Stone House will have an integrated supportive housing and community-based service complex that can offer expanded services to more than 2,000 clients and community members each year.

During the 2020 fiscal year at Stone House:
• 440 adult domestic violence survivors increased their self-efficacy by gaining knowledge and understanding of personal challenges (trauma, relapse, anger, and mental health) and how to meet them by participating in Stone House services.
• 86 survivor parents gained parenting skills from parenting classes and support groups.
• 258 children and their parents reinforced the bonds between them by participating in family strengthening activities. (Once the pandemic struck, children’s services had to be curtailed, but we look forward to opening our Family Center with its licensed day care center in 2021.)
• 51 households found safe haven in shelter, transitional housing or stable permanent housing. 
• 47 adult domestic violence survivors moved closer to financial stability through financial literacy counseling and classes.
• Stone House met survivors’ basic needs with 4,235 meals and 750 items of clothing.

Contact Us:
Stone House
PO Box 300039
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Main Line: 617-427-9801
Fax: 617-427-6252

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