YWCA Cambridge honors the significant contributions of Transition House Executive Director Risa Mednick at their 20th Tribute to Outstanding Women.
Transition House is Cambridge’s domestic violence agency, providing emergency shelter, transitional and supported housing and youth prevention education to our community since 1975. Transition House created the first emergency shelter on the East Coast for women and children escaping domestic violence. The organization has been an important community resource ever since.
Transition House and its supporters have been at the forefront of developing policies and practices that support victim rights, protect the safety and privacy of those in danger, and expand the network of vital services for survivors recovering from the trauma of abuse. Over its 35 year history, Transition House has been an innovator of dynamic programs that have helped thousands of families and educated tens of thousands of youth.
Demand for Our Services
Transition House is experiencing an unprecedented demand for its services - requests for housing have increased over 30% since 2008 as the stresses of the recession have fueled a rise in domestic violence throughout the state and the nation. Transition House is a lean organization, providing safe healing space for approximately 200 people each year and community outreach and education to thousands more. Yet the needs of the community far exceed our ability to meet them.
With more people experiencing violence in relationships, living in poverty and facing homelessness or eviction, community resources are stretched increasingly thin. Transition House is responding by offering more intensive services to clients to fill in gaps caused by the ripple effects of the economic downturn that have forced other support programs our clients depend on to close, cut back, or limit access.
Our organization needs increased financial support to sustain its current operations and to adapt to meet the challenges ahead. We are committed to developing new partnerships and creative approaches to achieving our mission that emphasize both organizational and environmental sustainability.