The S.W.A.N. Society
in Boston, Inc.


Beacon Hill Village: A non-profit organization that relies solely on donations to sustain itself, Beacon Hill Village provides individuals a membership to access a host of services including transportation services, health services, home repairs, educational programs, etc.

S.W.A.N. Society funds are used specifically for their membership plus programs, which provides geriatric care management for the elderly including coordinating homecare, rides, advocating with landlords and oil companies to stop evictions and shut offs and organizing life sustaining programs to counter isolation and depression. We have been able to support memberships for 1/3rd of the current people in the program.

Hearth: Hearth, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving men and women in the Greater Boston area who are at least 50 years old and homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. Hearth’s mission to eliminate elder homelessness is accomplished through a unique blend of prevention, placement, and housing programs all designed to help elders find and succeed in homes of their own. To prevent, reduce, and ultimately end elder homelessness, Hearth provides service-enriched housing for homeless and low-income older adults, and outreach services to prepare, place, and stabilize homeless elders in permanent housing.

The S.W.A.N Society Funds have provided support for the pressing needs of low-income elderly women who are Hearth residents or Hearth outreach clients.

Women's Lunch Place: An organization that specializes in meeting over 1,000 poor and homeless woman’s individual needs annually in a safe and comfortable environment. The Women’s Lunch Place provides its’ guests with a myriad of core services that include daily nutritious meals, advocacy and legal assistance. The Women's Lunch Place also provides access to health services and wellness resources and assists homeless women in obtaining permanent housing.

S.W.A.N. Society funds have not only helped to pay for meals, but assisted in paying for over the counter medications, housing needs and groceries for elderly women.

Health Care Without Walls: A non-profit organization providing free medical care, education and advocacy to homeless or marginally housed women. This includes care, supplies, training costs and follow-up. Their funding is all private.

S.W.A.N. Society funds last year were used to support the elderly community which accounts for 18% of those they serve.

H.O.M.E.: A non-profit agency which helps individuals facing displacements. 85% of H.O.M.E. clients are single elderly women. The average age is 80 years old and average income is $15,000. A 20-year old non-profit agency, H.O.M.E. is dedicated to protecting the equity of low and moderate income elder homeowners. As an independent third party, H.O.M.E. receives no fees whatsoever for any loans generated. This allows H.O.M.E. counselors to focus solely on H.O.M.E.’s mission.

North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (ABCD): A senior center providing hot meals to Boston Elders. The organization also operates a food pantry at the West End Library and an organized shuttle bus service to local supermarkets. Volunteers visit elders and serve as medical escorts.

Friendship Works: An organization seeking to reduce isolation and improve quality of life for older adults in Boston.

ESAC: ESAC provides solutions to the elderly through a senior home repair program, foreclosure preventing counseling, advocacy and health care solutions.