Victory Programs

Victory Programs has helped individuals and families in crisis for over 40 years. Some 3,200 people turn to us yearly for shelter, sustenance, recovery, care, and professional, compassionate support. Most struggle with substance use and mental health, and many live with HIV/AIDS. When other organizations will not or cannot take them in, we do.


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Behind our red doors, individuals and families in crisis find housing, health, recovery, and hope. In this 30-minute recording of our Keep Our Red Doors Open Virtual Fundraiser you’ll learn about all Victory Programs is doing to keep our clients healthy, safe, and stable through the COVID-19 pandemic.

You’ll also hear inspiring stories a Victory Programs graduate, a Boston Living Center staff person, and Sarah Porter, Victory Programs Executive Director.

Very special thanks to our generous corporate sponsors. Click here to download the event’s Program Book with the full list of sponsors.


Victory Programs is deemed an essential services provider in Massachusetts under Governor Baker’s March 23, 2020 Emergency Order. As always, the health and safety or our clients and staff continues to be our top priority.

Visit our COVID-19 Updates page to learn more about what we are doing to Keep Our Red Doors Open. Victory Programs greatly appreciates your support during these challenging and unprecedented times.


Right now, the entire world is preoccupied with questions of exposure and protection — and our clients, very understandably, feel more exposed and less safe than anyone ever should.

The red doors, our doors, remain open. But we need your support now more than ever as we face significantly increased operating expenses – for staffing, cleaning, protective gear, and more – and to help cover the loss of revenue we’re experiencing, especially from cancelled fundraising events.

Homeless, with a great many living with substance use disorders and/or chronic health issues like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and mental illness, we need to do all we can to keep our red doors open so we can help them cope and remain healthy, stable, and safe.


Responding to health crises has been part of our line of work for decades, and each time, our red doors have remained opened. This time won’t be an exception.We have developed a multi-staged response that adopts guidelines issued by public health officials and allows us to continue to foster a welcoming environment to those in need. As the situation unfolds, we will continue to be responsive and strategic.  In this time of great uncertainty, I do know this for sure: We need to stay together, take care of one another, and look after our communities.

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Victory Programs opens doors to recovery, hope, and community for individuals and families facing homelessness, addiction or other chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS.


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Our clients share their experiences with Victory Programs in this moving video.

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Celebrate our past an invest in the future of Victory Programs to honor Founder & President Emeritus, Jonathan Scott, and his 43 years of Victories.

Please, click here to learn more about the Jonathan Scott Future Victories Fund.

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We are truly inspired and grateful for the continued support we've received from caring individuals, foundations, and corporations to ensure our staff and our clients remain safe and well through the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to visit our Be Inspired! page and help us acknowledge those who have supported us thus far and hopefully be inspired to take action yourself! During this time of isolation, it helps our staff and clients to know that they are not alone — that their community cares about them.

Image result for coronavirus cdc March 13, 2020 Dear Victory Programs' community, I am reaching out to share some updates about Victory Programs’ response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Responding to health crises has been part of our line of work for decades, and each time, our red doors have remained opened. This time won’t be an exception. The health and safety of those accessing services, staff, friends, and supporters, continue to be our top priorities. We have developed a multi-staged response that adopts guidelines issued by public health officials and allows us to continue to foster a welcoming environment to those in need. We provide services to more than 3,200 individuals in Greater Boston each year – many of whom have immune systems that can be easily compromised and are disproportionally burdened by health crises. Victory Programs is built on the idea that everyone should have access to services in times of personal or community crises. In light of this pandemic, we uphold that mission and plan to continue to provide the safety, help, and resources, individuals need.  To date, there are no confirmed cases within any of our 19 programs, many of which function 24/7. We are adopting the suggested actions from the CDC, Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health, and the Boston Public Health Commission including:

  • Increased cleaning protocols and access to additional supplies as need be.
  • Instructing employees to stay home if they feel sick and developing options for telecommuting when possible or additional leave when necessary.  At the same time, generating plans to ensure there is no disruption in service provision.
  • Reminding everyone of the importance of hand-washing, universal precautions, and other guidance to limit their COVID-19 risk.
  • Reducing the number of non-essential gatherings including trainings, meetings and events.
  • Engaging those outside of care, including at street-level, on universal precautions while continuing outreach aimed at mitigating other epidemics amidst this outbreak.
  • Limiting the number of “outside” guests including volunteers, interns, supporters and friends who visit programs during this time.
As the situation unfolds, we will continue to be responsive and strategic.  In this time of great uncertainty, I do know this for sure: We need to stay together, take care of one another, and look after our communities. Thank you for your ongoing partnership, continued support, and compassion for those experiencing hardship. Sincerely view.image.png Sarah Porter | Executive Director  

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Image Description: Sarah Porter speaking at the New Joelyn's Home program opening in 2017.December 4, 2019 Dear friends and partners of Victory Programs: We are pleased to announce Sarah Porter as Executive Director of Victory Programs, Inc. after both a thorough interview process and a unanimous vote by the Board in support of Sarah’s appointment. Sarah is well qualified to lead Victory Programs’ next chapter. As interim CEO of the agency, she proved adept at managing the strategic and operational aspects of Victory Programs while also being a true leader during a transitional period for the agency. Sarah partnered effectively with the Executive Team and the Board of Directors during this time and clients continued to get the highest levels of service in line with our mission. With Sarah and the Executive Team’s partnership, we, the Board, spent most of this past year looking at data and talking to a wide range of stakeholders about Victory Programs’ place in the community as part of a strategic planning process. This work continues today and there will be more to come as Sarah transitions into her new leadership role. What we do know for sure is that the strategic planning process reinforced the vital purpose the agency serves today and will serve into the future. It also highlighted the strength of the agency’s partners including local and state governments, foundations, private funders, and other community-based organizations. Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support allowing us to advance Victory Programs’ mission each and every day. Sincerely, Victory Programs Board of Directors

The following journal entries came from clients at Women's Hope, our Transitional Support Services (TSS) recovery program for women. Each was asked to write about her New Year's Resolution for 2019:

Image: Exercpt from Ashley's JournalMy New Year’s Resolution this year is to start believing in myself. I’ve never struggled to get 30, 60, or even 90 days clean. I struggle with long-term sobriety and believing I deserve all the blessings I worked hard for. When I begin to start being a part of society, working, getting a place, being a mom… I begin to tell myself I don’t deserve it. Currently I am five months pregnant. From here I plan to go to Shepherd House’s mother and children’s program. I plan to give birth to a healthy baby girl and I never once want to believe I don’t deserve to be sober and happy. This year I will walk with dignity and pride as a woman who deserves happiness. Ashley
Image: Journal Excerpt From DianeFor so many years, I’ve been running away from emotions and feelings, only to experience worse feelings and emotions. I created my own Hell. The person in the mirror was someone that I didn’t recognize. I just kept shoveling drugs and alcohol into my body to numb myself. All of a sudden, the substances no longer numbed the pain or the guilt that I feel. There had to be a something more to life. I began to wonder what my purpose is here on Earth. So many people are dying, why is it that I am still alive? On December 31, 2018, I checked into detox. I felt so alone and empty inside. I couldn’t fathom living life correctly but I definitely couldn’t go on as I was. I made a personal vow that in the New Year I would give my all to build a better life. I am proud to say that I’m drug free, in 2019. It is only the 10th of January, but it’s a clean slate to start with. I have a lot of work to do with cleaning up the wreckage of my past. It’s a scary thing for someone who has avoided reality for so long. However, I’m very optimistic about what is to come. I’ll accept the consequences because it is time for me to grow-up. Not everything is going to happen the way I want. I’m positive that if I keep doing the next right think, only the best can come from it. Diane
Image: Journal Execrpt ElizabethMy name is Elizabeth and I’m an addict. My New Year’s Resolution this January 1st is to become a healthy, independent, well rounded woman, in recovery. In order to obtain this goal I’m setting small bench mark goals, for example, entering a half-way house. I will work with my counselor, Community Support Case Management Program (CSP) worker and therapist who will guide me though and help me set attainable goals. That will lead me toward my ultimate goal of being an independent , well rounded woman in recovery. So far, Victory Programs has helped me so much. I have applied to half-way houses and have begun work with my CSP worker. 2019 is my year and I’d love to say thank you to my higher power and Victory Programs’ Women’s Hope for paving the way. Elizabeth
Image: Journal Entry ErinMy New Year’s Resolution for this year is getting my son back, and caring for him as best as I can and he deserves. I have a seven month and year old baby boy. In my addiction, I have lost custody of him to the state. However, reunification is now the goal and I am well on my way. I have been clean for 67 days and having weekly visits with my son. I am working very hard on my recovery and just yesterday I got a bed at a reunification program. I am going next week! So within a couple of months I will be back with my son full time. The hard work is still ahead. I have to continue working on my recovery, getting my mind and body healthy, and making sure I am in the best space possible to make the transition to being a full time mom! My resolution is to reunify and be the best mother I can be! Erin
ImageI’m trying to stick to my New Year’s Resolution by remaining grateful and remaining abstinent from all drugs and alcohol. I am grateful to places like Women’s Hope to help me get my life back on track. Jessica
Image: Kristine Journal Entry ExcerptI’m Kristine, an alcoholic and an addict. I have been trying to get clean and sober for 20 years. This year HAS to and WILL be different. For my New Year’s Resolution: I am going to control my temper and listen more – I’m going to finish a program (for the first time ever) and get everything I possibly can out of it, also I am going to do everything I have and need to do so I do not end up back in jail. The most important resolution I have is to build a new relationship with my 13 year old son. He watched me try and fail in recovery so many times. He loves me no matter what but I want to make him proud. I was ripped out of his life and sent to prison fo`r over a year. Reality hit me hard. It affected my family more than I could have possibly imagined. I have finally surrendered, I literally fell to my knees and cried more than I ever have before. I have no choice this time and I will do this. I’m far from perfect, and my old behaviors do sneak up on me, but that’s where the program, and meetings, and other women who are serious about their recovery too, help me and guide me back to the right path. Every day I look forward to continuing my journey in recovery. These are New Year’s Resolutions that I am finally serious about, and I will work my hardest to follow through with. I can’t keep looking back at what I’ve done in the past. I will stay in the present and look forward to the future! Kristine
ImMy New Year’s Resolution is to stay free from alcohol and jails. I would like to accomplish my GED to go to college, take up some computer classes, and get a good job. I also want to have a better relationship with my family and my daughter. I also want to find a church where I can go to fellowship with others and I would like to have a trainer to stay in shape and a dietician to eat healthy foods and I have a sponsor already. I have to call her two to three times a week and I have a counselor and a therapist so my resolution is a New Beginning. Renee
If you would like to make a gift to Victory Programs to support recovery services and more as part of your resolution please click here