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Believe in Success is a trauma-informed workforce development program for survivors of domestic violence. The mission of this 13-week, 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 building technical, confidence, and mindfulness skills — and it is all done in a community setting. Our technical skills classes include career development, financial mobility, and Tech Goes Home, a technical-skills-building curriculum that culminates with each participant receiving a laptop. We incorporate mindfulness activities into each day including yoga and creative art, all with a goal of building a personal self-care toolkit.


After participants complete the training/education program, and in collaboration with partner agencies, we offer next-step placement assistance to jobs, vocational training or schools.

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We run two semesters of Believe in Success each year, beginning in February and September. 

Want to make a referral or learn more? Email Peter Tam, Director of Programs at ptam@uuum.org.

Renewal House is a domestic violence shelter for individuals and families who are fleeing from domestic violence. 


In operation since 1980, Renewal House was one of the first domestic violence shelters in the state to provide shelter for male survivors, and we now work closely with programs across Greater Boston in order to bring culturally-responsive and LGBTQ-inclusive advocacy and counseling to those we serve. 


Renewal House Hotline


Our 24-hour confidential hotline is available to those seeking shelter or in need of support with safety planning or counseling.

Reach our trained hotline counselors at (617) 566-6881.

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Renewal House is partially supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) funding, administered by the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA). 

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Renewal House is a member of The Greater Boston Food Bank.


All of our domestic violence services are free and confidential.

The Urban Ministry's domestic violence programs are proud members of Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic violence.