Wilderness Heals

Thank you for visiting the Wilderness Heals blog. Wilderness Heals is an all-women, three-day annual pledge hike that benefits the Elizabeth Stone House (ESH), a Boston-based emergency shelter, transitional housing program, and therapeutic community that provides services to women and children who are escaping violence and overcoming trauma. By encouraging hikers to set challenging physical, emotional, and financial goals, Wilderness Heals mirrors the experiences of hundreds of women who have sought help from the Stone House. Committing to hike is a way to grow personally while simultaneously standing in solidarity with women of the Stone House and women everywhere who are working to overcome the effects of violence in their lives.
Wilderness Heals 2011 will take place July 15-17, 2011. Registration materials may be downloaded here.
Go here to view the 2011 routes, and visit our Who's Who page to meet this year's team leaders and Recruitment Committee members.
Want to learn more? Visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Still have questions? Contact Erika Whyte, Wilderness Heals event coordinator, at 781-726-0551 or ewhyte@elizabethstone.org.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fire Displaces Elizabeth Stone House Residents

We at the Wilderness Heals blog have some sad news. Last Tuesday, a two-alarm fire consumed the top floor of a triple-decker home belonging to the Elizabeth Stone House. Located in Jamaica Plain, the building housed both the Stone House's battered women’s program and its mental health program. The fire forced the secret shelter to close, leaving seven women and their six children homeless. For the time being, residents have sought refuge in undisclosed emergency shelters throughout the area.

All residents and staff members were evacuated safely, but the building is uninhabitable. The seven staff members who worked there have been moved to the transitional housing facility in Roxbury. At this point, no decisions have been made as to whether the Stone House will choose to rebuild or move to a different location. Obviously, confidentiality is a major concern.

For additional details about the fire, read the Boston Globe story here.

Hikers who wish to help out the residents and Stone House staff may send donations directly to the Elizabeth Stone House at P.O. Box 300039, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 02130. Online donations may be made at Network for Good. For more information, call Danielle Piscatelli at 617-427-9801, ext. 415, or e-mail her at dpiscatelli@elizabethstone.org.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.
--Wilderness Heals bloggers

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was once a resident at the esh private and transitional housing program. These programs are great and really need to be continued. This helped out me and my family tramendiously after our domestic violence issue. There are more people in this workd who are going to need the support of the esh to make it though to tomorrow.