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Believe in Success is a trauma-informed, workforce development program for survivors of domestic violence, with specialized advocacy provided for LGBTQ survivors.

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.

Believe in Success offers three tiers of programming:

TIER 1 - Drop-In Model: Our introductory level to Believe In Success is where trauma informed classes/workshops meet survivors where they are at in their lives. We welcome anyone who has the desire to further themselves through their education or occupation/career.

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TIER 2 – Intensive: Our intensive level to Believe In Success is a 10-13 week workforce development program for survivors who are ready to take their next steps towards education or occupation/career by developing technical work, confidence, and mindfulness techniques in a trauma informed, community environment.

TIER 3 – Alumni Engagement: Our graduate level to Believe In Success is for alumni to continue to receive opportunities and resources to maintain or further themselves through their education or occupation/career through engaging with the other levels of our BIS community.

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.