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About Transition House

When Transition House opened its doors in Cambridge over 40 years ago, it was the first domestic violence shelter on the East Coast and the second in the the entire country. Since then, our programs have continued to grow and change to meet the needs of our community. Today, Transition House offers a wide range of housing resources and community support services. In the last few years alone we have built nationally groundbreaking partnerships that sustain family stability. Our whole-community approach unites resources that touch the lives of the majority of families in our city.

Mission & History

Our Mission

Transition House’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence in our community.

Our History

Sparking social change in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 1976, Transition House is an innovative organization that provides holistic support and a range of housing options for individuals and families surviving domestic and intimate partner violence. We collaborate with survivors to address the systemic and widespread impact of domestic violence; educate youth and adults to break the cycle of violence in the next generation; and build deep partnerships to create a safer, healthier community.

In its first decade, Transition House developed the first legal services program for battered women, a foster grandparent program, and pioneered school-based teen dating violence intervention curricula and programs. In 2003 and 2004, we dramatically expanded our housing services creating a continuum of safe emergency shelter, medium-term and long-term housing to facilitate recovery from trauma along with holistic support services for adults, youth and children centered on violence prevention and skill building for life long independence. In 2013, we expanded a partnership with the Cambridge Housing Authority and City of Cambridge. In 2015 that collaboration grew into the Community Support Partnership providing intensive prevention and intervention resources for people of all ages and backgrounds throughout our diverse community.

Photographs: Maria Verrier www.mariaverrier.com & Lucas Mulder www.lucasmulderphoto.com Cover image: Cristy C. Road, 2004, www.croadcore.org
Website Design by: Lucas Mulder & Kunjal Shah

United Way
Transition House receives support from the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
This website was developed with a grant from The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.