On The Rise, Inc.

Cause Area

  • Crisis Support
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Hunger
  • Women


341 BroadwayCambridge, MA 02139 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

On The Rise supports the initiative and strength of women and transgender/nonbinary individuals living in crisis or homelessness. In a physically and psychologically safe environment, we build the relationships and provide the tools that each participant needs to rise to their potential.


On The Rise’s work begins with individuals experiencing homelessness, and continues if and when they secure housing. From our origin as a women’s organization, our programs have evolved toward inclusion of those historically and structurally oppressed on the basis of gender. For those with the fewest options, we cultivate long-term relationships that foster safety and belonging. Guided by the strength and initiative of our program participants, we join their journey to wellbeing, as skilled partners and advocates. Throughout this journey, we engage with the people, programs and systems that most affect our participants, working to build a society that nourishes their wellbeing.

Each year, 350+ individuals have contact with On The Rise, and 150 to 200 work with us in-depth for an extended period. Since our programming began in 1996, On The Rise has helped more than 750 women and gender-diverse individuals find safety and discover new possibilities. What we do is different, and it works. We are innovative, we are effective, and we are accountable.


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