What We Do

Always local in focus and based in personal relationship, Haley House has grown organically in response to the harsh realities of social inequality and injustice. We remain committed to the important work of nurturing community which inspires and supports lasting personal and societal transformation. Never abandoning our deep roots as a house of hospitality, Haley House today addresses basic human needs through four interconnected branches.

The Four Branches

Direct Services

Our soup kitchen, food pantry, elder meal, and clothing room in the South End is run entirely by residential volunteer staff. We serve over 24,000 meals a year in the soup kitchen and distribute over 65,000 meals a year through the food pantry.


Over 100 units of permanent, affordable housing units scattered throughout our South End neighborhood make up our housing program. 24 units are reserved for formerly homeless individuals who stay an average of 8.2 years. The remaining units are reserved for low-income families.

Urban Farming

Community and school-based garden partnerships that aim to encourage healthy lifestyles, build community, and contribute to healthy and local food access.

Haley House Bakery Café

A social enterprise encompassing a full-service café, catering, and wholesale business, offering healthful, organic, affordable fare in the heart of Roxbury’s Dudley Square with extensive community-initiated programming:

  • Take Back the Kitchen (TBK): An after-school program teaching health, nutrition, and culinary arts to over 300 youth each year.
  • Transitional Employment Program (TEP): Temporary employment coupled with individualized job-training and job-placement assistance for ex-offenders.
  • Art is Life itself! (AiLi): A weekly artist performance series celebrating musicians, writers, actors, and visual artists from the surrounding Roxbury community.
  • Art Gallery: Our café walls showcase the work of many local artists, with over 46 exhibits to date.
  • Community Tables: A special weekly pay-what-you-can, 3-course Saturday evening dinner, where all of our neighbors are welcome.