For over a century, Ellis has worked to strengthen Boston's inner-city working families with high quality education and care for children, youth and vulnerable adults. The goal of all our programs is to engage, educate and empower.
We were founded in 1885 as one of Boston’s first settlement houses. Located in poor urban areas, settlement houses were led and staffed by volunteers and patrons who had the time and financial resources to help improve the living conditions of working families living in poverty. Education was one of the most important services they provided.
Throughout our history, we have maintained the commitment and philosophy of the settlement house movement to build a stronger community by addressing the unmet needs of our city’s working families, especially with regard to education.
We are committed to the healthy development of preschool children, success in school for elementary and middle school students, and the emotional and physical well-being of elderly and disabled adults.
Ellis programs are located in two historic buildings we own at 58 and 66 Berkeley Street in Boston’s South End, and in leased space on Chandler Street and at Madison Park in Roxbury.