Since 1885, Ellis Memorial, Boston’s first settlement house, has been caring for children, youth, and frail, elderly or disabled adults who live and work in Boston’s South End and adjacent neighborhoods. We offer high quality educational, social and health support services to individuals and families in need within a safe, nurturing, and diverse environment.

Ellis Memorial is committed to improving the quality of life for children, adults, and the community it serves. For over 125 years, Ellis has been a recognized leader both nationally and locally. Our emphasis is on preserving family stability by providing effective, responsive prevention and intervention services that help all family members make the most of their potential.

Ellis Memorial’s core programs include:Early Education (infant, toddler and preschool), Youth Programs for elementary and middle school students during out of school time, Family Support Services,  and an Adult Day Health Program.  Our strong tradition of supporting working families has made us a leader in developing innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of our community.