Believe in Success

people working on laptopsBelieve in Success is a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) job- and educational-readiness program for survivors of domestic violence or other trauma–especially low-income women and LGBTQ people. The mission of this 20-hour-per-week classroom/experiential program is to provide a set of skills that enable participants to be successful in taking their next step in life, whether that’s entry-level work, a skills-based training program, or two- or four-year college.

Believe in Success focuses on “success skills” such as professionalism, good oral and written communication, teamwork/collaboration, problem solving, and self-advocacy.  Partner organizations will provide additional life skills training opportunities in parenting, financial literacy, and other areas.

We eliminate barriers to successful program completion by providing childcare, transportation to and from class, and a constellation of services such as counseling, housing advocacy, accompaniment to appointments (legal, immigration, school, etc.), art therapy for children and adults, ESL/citizenship classes, support groups, and opportunities for social gatherings.

After participants complete the training/education program, and in collaboration with partner agencies, we will offer next-step placement assistance to jobs, vocational training or schools. In addition, the UU Urban Ministry is developing a pipeline to jobs/internships through our vast network of connections to Boston-area Unitarian Universalist congregation members.

Believe in Success launched in fall 2017 and our sessions begin in September and February. If you would like to complete an intake for the upcoming session, or have any questions at all, please be in touch with our Believe in Success office the UUUM (Director of Believe in Success, Hannah Stohler, at hstohler @ or (617) 318-6010 x226, or Career Specialist/Lead Teacher, Jaquelina Dabo, at jdabo @ or (617) 318-6010 x216).


We invite you to partner with us in this important new program! We need:

  • Volunteers to serve in a number of roles, both one-time and ongoing, such as mentor, teacher, career coach, career panel participant, yoga instructor, wellness program leader, childcare provider, and workshop leaders on a variety of subjects.
  • Boston-area nonprofits, schools and other organizations that can refer clients to us, and to which we can refer clients after graduation for skills-based training or education.
  • Corporate sponsors that can provide financial support, and offer internships to program participants or engage in one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunities.