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Victory Programs, Inc.

 965 Massachusetts Avenue
 Boston, MA 02118
[P] (617) 541-0222
[F] (617) 541-0094
[email protected]
Jonathan Scott
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EIN 04-2575322

LAST UPDATED: 08/03/2017
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

Victory Programs opens doors to recovery, hope and community to individuals and families facing homelessness, addiction, or other chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS.
Because of our longstanding relationship, Victory Programs was among the first few agencies asked by the Boston Foundation to create a Giving Common profile. We have a webpage on our main site dedicated to the Giving Common:

Mission Statement

Victory Programs opens doors to recovery, hope and community to individuals and families facing homelessness, addiction, or other chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS.
Because of our longstanding relationship, Victory Programs was among the first few agencies asked by the Boston Foundation to create a Giving Common profile. We have a webpage on our main site dedicated to the Giving Common:

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $13,230,011.00
Projected Expense $13,128,569.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Boston Living Center
  • ReVision Urban Farm
  • Victory Health
  • Victory Housing
  • Victory Prevention

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Mission Statement

Victory Programs opens doors to recovery, hope and community to individuals and families facing homelessness, addiction, or other chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS.
Because of our longstanding relationship, Victory Programs was among the first few agencies asked by the Boston Foundation to create a Giving Common profile. We have a webpage on our main site dedicated to the Giving Common:

Background Statement

Victory Programs began in 1975 with one 20-bed halfway house in Boston’s South End. Since then, we have been committed to meeting the emerging needs of vulnerable families and individuals throughout Boston. Victory Programs specializes in community-based urban programming, working with people who are homeless, who may also have substance use issues, and may be living with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, or mental illness.

 Since Victory Programs opened its doors, we have served more than 33,000 people. We have grown from one program in a single facility serving 20 men into a multi-service agency with 19 health, housing, and prevention programs in 35 facilities, providing residential services from acute treatment to permanent housing in Boston, Cambridge and Topsfield, serving nearly 2,500 men, women, and children each year.  Our Boston Living Center programming provides nutritional, wellness, education and prevention services to more than 1,000 people living with HIV/AIDS every year.

Victory Programs' experience and accomplishments are widely recognized in the service provider community. Just a few of these include: The 2008 Excellence in Best Practices Award from the Association for Behavioral Health in the field of substance use disorder, which recognized our creative and influential care plans based on evidence-based practices: The Cornerstone Award in 2010 from the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA), in recognition of our role in creating housing opportunities for people in need; A $100,000 “Out of the Blue” grant from The Boston Foundation in 2010 (these awards, given to only a few organizations every year, are in recognition of “exemplary organizations that have an impressive history of achievement and demonstrate effective and collaborative community leadership, and the Nonprofit of the Year award in 2013 from the Greater Boston Business Council for our work with LGBT populations.

Impact Statement

(1) Victory Programs successfully renewed contracts of our residential recovery programs, which included for our newest recovery home, New Victories for Women, which serves 14 women at a time in Dorchester, and our "to be launched" New Joelyn's Recovery Program in Roxbury, which will serve 24 women at a time. Another notable achievement was the expansion of our Shepherd House Recovery Home by 22% (7 beds), and obtaining approval and funding for accepting up to six women with infants into the program for the first time ever, removing a major impediment for mothers seeking recovery services. 

2) One of Victory Programs signature programs, Joelyn’s Family Home, was closed suddenly and permanently  in late 2014 due to the bridge to Boston Harbor’s Long Island being deemed unsafe by the City of Boston. Victory Programs’ leadership and staff responded to this tragedy by (1) Raising more than 2 million dollars from private sources; (2) Successfully identifying and securing a new facility in Roxbury. This element included advocating with many different parties of the need to gain financial support for its purchase, which led to a grant from an anonymous donor for the entire purchase price.

The New Joelyn's Residential Recovery program was officially opened in May of 2017.  This opening, combined with the previous New Victories for Women opening and 2016 and expansion of our Shepherd House program recaptures 46% of the beds lost when our Joelyn's Family Home closed in late 2014.
(3)  Victory Programs hired a key person of our Executive Team in May of 2017, adding Cheri Epps as the Senior Director of Programs. In her role she is responsible for the overall agency program operations and clinical treatment. She works with a team of dedicated professions to advance Standards of Care and Excellence throughout the agency. She serves as the agency designated HIPPA and Compliance Officer and is supervised by and reports to the Vice/President/Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining Victory Programs, she was a Division Director at the Boston Public Health Commission. In the Homeless Service Bureau. She worked for BPHC for over 22 years provided services and supports to the homeless, managing Transitional Housing Programs, Permanent Housing, and Community Housing programs. At BPHC she specialized in human rights as a certified MCAD investigator and Official Grievance Officer, HIV services, and substance abuse services. In addition, her role was to advance organizational change as a leader of the BPHC Racial Justice Health Equity strategic initiative. She also served on the Accreditation and Quality Improvement team to advance an organization-wide culture of quality improvement, performance management. Cheri’s work’s focus is on the health and well-being for vulnerable populations. She received her Masters in Social Work degree from Simmons College.


Needs Statement

Victory Programs provides recovery, health, and housing services through thirty-three buildings in Boston, Cambridge, and now Topsfield, fourteen of which we own. Maintaining these units in the manner that those in our care both need and deserve is a great cost to our organization. The annual facilities budget is approximately 1.5 million dollars.

The Boston Living Center, which merged with Victory Programs in March of 2012, is now part of a stable, 40-year old, successful organization. But gifts and grants are still critically needed to fully fund the multitude of services the BLC provides its members. In FY2018, nearly $850,000 must be raised to fully fund the BLC's existing nutritional, prevention, peer leadership, medical case management, wellness, and social services, as well as a new Education and Prevocational Training element.

The lack of an endowment serves as a significant impediment to Victory Programs' ability to quickly respond to community and or internal crises (such as the sudden closing of our Joelyn’s Family Home in 2014). This combined with surging healthcare costs for employees results in a very narrow profit margin on an annual basis. Fiscal year’s 2018 margin for a 13 million dollar budget is approximately half a percent.  The annual acquisition of significant unrestricted funding through donations, grants, and special events is vital as a response to this reality.


CEO Statement

For 41 years Victory Programs has earned its reputation as a great agency. Respect was never a given. We earn and re-earn the esteem of our clients and our community every day by ensuring our founders original promise: “All people deserve treatment and care. We take everyone.” remains the fundamental foundation of every program and service we offer.


We earned our reputation as trailblazers in the 1970’s: as the first to accept individuals diagnosed with both mental illness and addiction; the first to open our doors to Vietnam veterans combating the ravages of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; the first to offer services to LGBTQ individuals long before concerns about LGBTQ equal rights hit the national stage.

We earned our reputation of serving the hardest to place individuals and families in the 1980’s: as the first Massachusetts agency to open a women’s section 35 residential home as an alternative to incarceration; the first agency to actively open all our services individuals with HIV and symptomatic AIDS; the first to offer permanent housing for those in addiction recovery also living with HIV and we launched the first statewide mobile AIDS resource team .

We earned our reputation as leaders in the 1990’s: as the first to open all our residential programs to those on medication assisted treatment, thus ensuring medically managed methadone maintenance was no longer a barrier to accessing residential services.

In the new century, the 2000’s, we earned our reputation for expanding to meet emerging community needs when we opened our low threshold housing first site in Roxbury; when we built Revision Urban Farm to bring healthy nutritious food to our community and then again when we rewrote our philosophy of care to promote evidence-based, substance use treatment services centered on a harm reduction model.

We earned our reputations as an agency willing to fight for vital resources again in the 2010’s when we merged with the Boston Living Center to help them keep the doors open and when we overcame the catastrophic loss of our major women’s treatment program on Boston Harbor’s Long Island when the bridge that served as the only access point was closed. We rose to the challenge, forging ahead until we acquired two alternative sites in Dorchester and Roxbury to rebuild with new state-of-the-art women’s treatment programs.

Today, we still push new boundaries and we still earn our reputation. Last year we established our new Mobile Prevention Team which works in the community to address sexual health risk factors, living with HIV, drug user health education and advocacy around access to treatment for Hepatitis C.

Throughout our history we have successfully faced down adversity, unpredictable losses, capricious political environments and fluctuating economic uncertainties to rise above challenges. Many have remarked:

“If anyone can make it, Victory Programs can.”

We earn our reputation one day at a time because we are always working to keep our original promise. We say Victory is on the move because, no matter what the emerging issue is, all people deserve treatment and care.

Board Chair Statement

Note: This statement is from Victory Programs' previous board chair, who rotated off the board in June of 2013 and rejoined in 2015.
I am a loving daughter, mother,wife, and sister. Like so many others, I never thought I could be homeless… I was wrong. Most people can’t imagine that alcohol can steal your life, but that’s what happened to me. I was gripped by a disease that all but destroyed me. I lost everything: my job, my home, my possessions, and my family. Even my love for my family couldn’t stop me from drinking. I would try to quit every day, and every day I hated myself more because I couldn’t stop.

Fate got me into a homeless shelter, then a detox program. From there, I found Victory Programs. I was so devastated I could barely speak to anyone. I spent nine months at Shepherd House, a residential substance use disorder program where recovering people can transition back to the real world. Because my counselors believed in me, I began to believe in myself too. I found my dignity, and started to communicate and assert myself again.

As time went by, I grew stronger. I got a job and went back to college. I graduated from both an Undergraduate and a Master's Program. I reconnected with my family and eventually remarried. Victory Programs helped me regain control of my life, and filled me with the need to give back and help others. With the support of Victory Programs, I have achieved my educational and professional goals, and work with some of the most vulnerable, at risk clients in the City of Boston. I am forever grateful to Victory for giving me the tools and confidence to pursue my dreams and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.

 I am one of the thousands of success stories made possible by Victory Programs. I am proud to say that for the last thirteen years, I have been a member of the Victory Programs’ Board of Directors, and was elected as the Chair of this incredible organization in 2010. The remarkable growth and diversity of this organization, and its ability to continue to meet the emerging needs of our communities, is a testament to its leadership by Jonathan Scott, an incredibly talented Executive Team, and hundreds of committed direct care, managerial, and administrative staff.


Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-Dorchester Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Mattapan Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Jamaica Plain Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Fenway / Kenmore Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Roxbury Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-South End Neighborhood
Northeast Massachusetts Region
City of Boston- Back Bay

Victory Programs strives to meet the needs of disadvantaged homeless families and individuals in underserved communities throughout Boston. The majority of our programs are located in or serve urban Boston communities of Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain. We have permanent supported housing programs for men, women, and/or families with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities in Mattapan, Boston’s Fenway area, the South End,  and Topsfield. The Boston Living Center, added in 2012, accepts individuals with HIV/AIDS regardless of their geographic residence, but because of its location in Boston’s Back Bay, primarily serves men and women from Greater Boston communities.

In 2014 and 2015 added two facilities comprising our Chamblet Family Home Program family shelter, and in 2016 and 2017 added two new residential recovery programs in Dorchester and Roxbury.

Organization Categories

  1. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
  2. Human Services - Homeless Services/Centers
  3. Housing, Shelter - Housing Search Assistance

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Boston Living Center

Since 1989, the Boston Living Center (BLC) has fosterered the wellness of all HIV positive people and respond to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community. The BLC has done this by developing an amazing array of services for its membership, including free and nutritious meals, prevention and education programs to promote safe sex and disclosure to loved ones, medication adherence, etc., peer leaders (i.e., highly trained peers) integrated throughout the services and supports, holistic and wellness services such as Reiki, Tong Ren, and massage, and many many socialization opportunities, including walking, book, and movie groups.   In March of 2012, the BLC became a part of Victory Programs, ensuring their vital services continue to be available for adults with HIV/AIDS.  In FY17, these services will be provided for approximately 1,050 members (individuals with HIV/AIDS), primarily from Greater Boston comnmunities.
Budget  $1,827,733.00
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other HIV/AIDS
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered Homeless Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short-Term Success 

For BLC members who engage with Peer Leaders and in multiple services (meals and prevention), 50-60% will begin practicing safe sex, 50% will disclose to partners, family, and/or friends, and 90% will adhere to their medications more regularly.


Program Long-Term Success 
75-80% of BLC Members who engage with multiple services of the organization will improve their health and overall wellbeing.
Program Success Monitored By 
Victory Programs collects baseline data from new members during their initial intake, including age, gender, ethnicity, primary language, housing status, income and employment.  At the BLC, service utilization data is collected at the end of each day's program and entered into an electronic database. This data is analyzed monthly to ensure program adherence to target populations and service provisioning goals. Outcome measures such as CD-4 and viral load, knowledge about HIV/AIDS, ability to access medical care/other support services, level of social support, and coping skills are self-reported by members. This information is completed at each intake and updated biannually. Additionally, participation in the meals program, meals takeout, and other Prevention & Education Programs is tracked closely. VPI submits quarterly reports for federal Ryan White funding and outcome data semi-annually to the Boston Public Health Commission. 
Examples of Program Success 

Through FY16, 1,011 Members of the Boston Living Center benefited from more than 30,000 free, nutritious meals at the BLC.   165 Members participated in Cooking Classes, had 1:1 consultations with the Nutritional Services Manager, were referred to external nutrition organizations (e.g., Community Servings) or attended nutritional presentations.  Of those who regularly utilized the meals program, approximately 92% indicated their antiretroviral medications were having little or no affect on their activities of daily living.

ReVision Urban Farm

ReVision Urban Farm began as a small garden in 1990 alongside the shelter for homeless mothers that is now Victory Programs’ ReVision Family Home.  With the purchase of three abandoned lots across the street, a plot of land was reclaimed in the heart of the city to become ReVision Urban Farm.

The farm was established in response to the lack of affordable, accessible, and fresh produce available for the clients of ReVision Family Home for single, homeless mothers and their children, which is located across the street. Thanks to a City of Boston partnership, the farm grew from a small garden for the clients of one transitional housing program to a half-acre of farmland providing nutritional and educational services for these clients as well as for thousands of low-income residents of the surrounding Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods. The farm also serves as an invaluable educational resource for hundreds of urban youth every year through our volunteer and internship programs.

Budget  $228,187.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Short term success outcomes include:
-Increase the number of low-moderate income individuals and families benefitting from our produce
-Increase the total sales of our farm stand
-Increase the donations of our produce to food pantries and other social service programs 
-Increase the number of low-cost shares of our Community Supported Agriculture Program that are sold to low-income community members
-Satisfaction of youth with our volunteer program
Program Long-Term Success 
Long-term success is reducing the food insecurity faced by low-income individuals and families in Dorchester and Mattapan communities.
The success of our farm compelling the replication of additional urban agriculture projects across urban Boston communities would also be a long-term success of our farm.
Program Success Monitored By 
Farm stand sales, number of families benefitting, low-cost CSA shares sold tracking, and pounds of food distributed are all tracked by the Urban Farm Manager.  The Manager also distributes, collects, and tabulates the volunteer satisfaction survey
Examples of Program Success 

2016 Season Outcomes

 Approximately 3,106 customers from Mattapan and Dorchester neighborhoods benefitted from our produce this season. We anticipate the drought not only impacted the amount of fruits and vegetables grown, but also the customers visiting our farm stand and our farmer’s market stands during the very hot summer season. Discussions with other area farms confirm these same negative impacts occurred throughout the region.

11,300 pounds of vegetables were raised, and including the fruits and vegetables we purchase from nearby farms to supplement what we can distribute to our communities, 18,650 pounds were distributed in total. Though less than anticipated, given the impact of the drought and excessive heat in the record-setting summer, we are very satisfied with this result.

Approximately 240 servings of vegetables from the Farm’s Winter Gardening program were provided to our ReVision and Chamblet shelter families and donated to local food pantries, and nearly 200 pounds were sold to our winter distribution outlets (Dorchester Farmer’s market, City Feed, etc.).

Six mothers in total worked on the farm’s job readiness program this season, greatly assisting the weeding, harvesting, and distribution efforts. Thanks to a generous volunteer, their efforts were rewarded with weekly stipends. Not only this financial benefit, but these mothers develop the skills and work experience that they can then add to their resumes to aid in them quest for full employment in our communities.

366 youth and 451 adults volunteered at the farm this past season, greatly aiding the farm in all its many activities, from weeding to managing the CSA program, and from harvesting crops to getting them to the distribution sites on a regular basis.

Victory Health

Victory Health addresses the most pressing needs of men and women coping with substance use and or other serious illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS. Victory Health aims to 1) prevent/manage relapse 2) educate clients on choices that will maximize their health and well-being, and 3) promote self-sufficiency. At each of Victory Health’s programs, staff assists clients in creating care plans tailored to their specific goals, and then build on their strengths, rather than focus on their shortfalls.   

Victory Programs’ seven health programs provide vital stabilization and supportive services to improve the health and well being and/or prepare clients living with substance use disorder and other chronic illnesses for transitional and permanent housing. Clients in our housing who are experiencing crises can also access substance abuse treatment services without jeopardizing their tenancy. Substance abuse treatment services range from short term acute treatment service in Dorchester, to a specialized program in Jamaica Plain for individuals with chronic relapse histories. Our newest health division program was added added in 2012, and is a nutritional, prevention education, and wellness center for adults with HIV/AIDS in Boston.
Budget  $6,173,622.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Population Served At-Risk Populations Homeless Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  Victory Health's short-term success can be documented by the number of clients who ready themselves for change as a result in participating in our program.  
Program Long-Term Success 
Victory Health's long-term success is determined by the number of families and individuals we integrate into their communities through the rebuilding of family systems and the achievement of client-driven goals. We help clients stabilize their lives and achieve self-sufficiency by accessing housing, holistic healthcare, employment, and community affiliations. Many of our clients are in recovery from addiction while struggling with a medical or psychiatric issue.  Many living with HIV/AIDS, are seeking nutritional meals and other supportive services from the Boston Living Center, our newest service.
Program Success Monitored By  Victory Programs uses the Stages of Change Readiness and Treatment Eagerness Scale (SOCRATES), which is an instrument designed to assess readiness for change, to monitor its success in helping clients prepare for their new lives in recovery. Victory Programs chose SOCRATES as its new assessment tool in 2009, after completing a comprehensive evaluation of which tool would serve our clients best. We will know we are successful when the SOCRATES reveals an increase in clients’ readiness to make the changes that will improve their lives.
Examples of Program Success 
Victory Program added two new Residential Recovery Programs in 2016 and 2017.  These new programs, in addition to expansion of our Shepherd House Recovery Program, will recapture 96% of the beds lost when our Joelyn's Family Home closed in 2014, and enhance our ability to effectively respond to the opioid epidemic afflicting our communities.

Victory Housing

Victory Housing addresses the needs of homeless families and individuals, most of whom are living with significant medical conditions while continuing their lives in recovery. Victory Housing aims to 1) provide housing with supportive services 2) educate clients on choices that will maximize their families’ health and well-being, and 3) promote self-sufficiency. At each of our Housing programs, staff assists clients in creating care plans tailored to their specific goals, and then build on their strengths, rather than focus on their shortfalls. We operate two family emergency shelters, one family transitional housing program, five permanent housing programs, and one stabilization service to keep residents stabilized in their housing situations.  These programs serve some of our communities’ most-challenged populations.
Budget  $4,061,007.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Barrier-Free Housing
Population Served Homeless Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
Acceptable rate set by the Department of Public Health (funding entity) is that 79% of clients will remain stable in their housing situation at our Victory Housing on Warren Street program.
Program Long-Term Success  Victory Housing's long-term success is measured by the number of families and individuals that stabilize in their new homes.      
Program Success Monitored By 

 Victory Programs has strong proccesses in place to assess, analyze and improve services based upon data and outcome measurements. These practices ensure efficacy at the individual client level as well as at the program and organization-wide level. To facilitate this, Victory Programs developed an outcomes “report card.” The report card is an analysis of data at points of admission and discharge. Data includes clients obtaining health insurance and health care, maintaining and obtaining primary care providers, placement outcomes and housing stabilization. In analyzing data for these fields, staff is able to monitor overall client success in recovery and moving towards (or maintaining) self-sufficiency along with support systems. Outcomes are analyzed monthly by the Executive Team and the Board of Directors. Program Directors and other appropriate agency staff also review this information on a regular basis. All outcome data is compiled across the organization via Victory Programs’ relational database.


Examples of Program Success 
Just one success is of our Victory Housing on Warren Street Program, which averages 93% retention rate of residents yearly.  This is remarkable given the great level of challenges (substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, CORI issues) of the population served by this program.

Victory Prevention

Victory Programs has always had a strong commitment to meeting community members where they are and to the concept of prevention as treatment. In 2015, we decided to elevate our work in this area and launched Victory Prevention, a new Division which includes our Boston Living Center (BLC) and our new Mobile Prevention Team. The BLC will continue to provide the community and health services its members expect. Additionally, with more people with HIV/AIDS living longer lives, the Center will continue adding services to support members with educational opportunities, workforce skill development and more. The Mobile Prevention Team includes three new projects: Positive Prevention, which focuses on education and services for members of the HIV/AIDS community; Primary Prevention, which focuses on education and sexual health services for community members about HIV, STIs, Hepatitis C and other sexual health risks; and Drug User Health, which focuses on overdose education, harm reduction and naloxone distribution. Victory Prevention provides programs internally and externally through psychoeducational groups and peer navigation.
Budget  $2,824,428.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short-Term Success  x
Program Long-Term Success  x
Program Success Monitored By  x
Examples of Program Success  x

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

To open a group home can take years. It’s a complex odyssey - a special marathon - requiring a labyrinth of detailed planning, long term commitments, conviction, patience and stamina. It involves many individuals and scores of organizations; community organizing; neighborhood hearings; massive fundraising; some begging, definitely borrowing, and always the endless convincing of skeptics and naysayers as to why it is the most essential priority. 

To finally succeed in opening a group home provides the deepest satisfaction. A pinnacle. Reaching the mountaintop. The willpower to open a group home, and the individuals courageous enough to see the process through, have a special drive emanating deep to the core.  The power of hope.

For nearly four decades, Victory Programs has opened doors of recovery and hope to dozens of group homes; specialized housing; transitional care; treatment programs; community centers; shelters and unique fundamental community services. We have opened homes for addicts and alcoholics; homes for those with HIV/AIDS; homes for homeless mothers and their children; homes for the most marginalized, neglected, isolated and ignored.

A group home can take years to build, and it can take one hour to end or destroy. To suddenly lose a group home is devastating to the foundation of a non-profit. It’s an arrow to the heart.

In 2014, against all odds, we opened two new state-of-the-art group transitional homes on Chamblet Street in Dorchester for 14 homeless families – mostly mothers and children living in motels, cars or on the street – families desperate only for the simple dream: a stable and permanent place to live – a home of their own.

Also in 2014, on October 8th to be exact, with the sudden closing of Boston’s harbor Long Island Bridge by the City of Boston, and the immediate evacuation of all treatment programs sited there, Victory Programs lost all access – in a single hour – to a vital service for 47 homeless women. Joelyn’s Family Home, Massachusetts’ largest group home for women in addiction treatment, a program that took years of planning, millions of dollars, and the support and help from a multitude of supporters and allies to build, now stands empty.

They say when one door closes, another opens. We know from decades of experience how easy it is to close one door, and we how hard it is to open another. Victory Programs has the experience, strength and willpower to do what it takes to open a group home, or rebuild one that is lost. Most of all, at Victory Programs’ foundation and core is the special drive called “plain, stubborn hope.”




CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jonathan D. Scott
CEO Term Start July 1975
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience In 1975, Jonathan Scott, an 18-year-old Boston College student, began volunteering at a little known Boston agency - Victory House. In those years, the agency served primarily as a residential alcohol treatment center for Vietnam veterans and those with histories of mental illness. What began as a one semester college internship for Jonathan evolved into a full time vocation where Jonathan has remained ever since. Jonathan has worked with his board and staff to strategically build this once small and fledging recovery home into New England's largest residential addiction treatment agency. Jonathan has shepherded the organization through numerous mergers, development of innovative programs, and been on the forefront in defining residential treatment for those living with both AIDS and addiction. In addition to directing Victory Programs, Jonathan served as Chairman of the Board of the statewide Mental Health and Substance Abuse Corporations of Massachusetts; as well as being the former Chairman of MassEquality, Inc, the Ryan White Planning Council and The Massachusetts Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. Jonathan currently serves on the Public Health Advisory Council for the City of Boston, and has been appointed as a member of the Mayor of Boston's Special Housing Task Force. He has won numerous prestigious awards for his service to the community, including the Greater Boston Business Council agency award for ending discrimination in the workplace; the Massachusetts Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Association Francis O'Brien Award for leadership; Congressman Gerry Studds Leader of the Year Award; and the Massachusetts Community Recognition Award for Leadership in AIDS Services.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Marc Davino Senior Director of Development and Communications --
Ms. Cecile Durham Director of Human Resources --
Ms. Cheri Epps Senior Director of Programs --
Mr. Chris Lawrence Director of Finance --
Ms. Sarah Porter Vice President and COO --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Nonprofit of the Year Greater Boston Business Council 2013
Excellence in Finance and Administration Award, VP and COO Jim Pettinelli Association for Behavioral Healthcare 2012
MHSA Cornerstone Award, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) 2010
Out of the Blue Award The Boston Foundation 2010
Best Practices in the Field of Substance Use Disorder Association for Behavioral Healthcare 2008


Affiliation Year
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2005
United Way Member Agency 1988
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education - Accreditation --


Victory Program has more than 90 partnerships with health, psychiatric, social, employment, and educational organizations, which enables us to fulfill our commitment to meet all of the needs of the individuals and families under our care, not just those needs that fall under our expertise (e.g., recovery, housing, HIV/AIDS services, etc.). Project Place for vocational services for low-income populations, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless for primary care, the Boston Housing Authority for Section 8 Vouchers and affordable housing options, and BayCove Human Services for detoxification services are just four examples of the additional services with which we link our clients through our affiliations.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 109
Number of Part Time Staff 91
Number of Volunteers 875
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 75%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 128
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 50
Hispanic/Latino: 12
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 8
Gender Female: 140
Male: 63
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Brian Link
Board Chair Company Affiliation State Street Bank
Board Chair Term July 2011 - June 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term July - June

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Sara Andrews Partners Healthcare Voting
Mr. Dennis Balog Advocate Voting
Ms. Liz Beckhardt Advocate Voting
Mr. Tony Bertoldi City Real Estate Advisors Voting
Ms. Erika Birke Fidelity Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Dugan MSW Boston Medical Center Voting
Mr. Andie Finard Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Alan Gentle Roxbury Resource Center Voting
Dr. Grace Harrell M.D. Massachusetts General Hospital Voting
Ms. Andrea Laing Division of Capital Management Voting
Mr. Kyle Lawless Ernst and Young, LLP Voting
Mr. Brian Link State Street Bank and Trust Company Voting
Ms. Sharon E. Lowe Photos by Sharon Voting
Ms. Druscilla Pratt-Otto Yozell Associates Voting
Mr. Noel Richardson MBTA Voting
Mr. Craig Robbins Macy's Voting
Mr. Jonathan D. Scott Victory Programs NonVoting
Mr. Sandy Sheble-Hall Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Voting
Ms. Susan Tannehill Harvard School of Public Health Voting
Ms. Rhonda Waters The Mutare Group Voting
Mr. David Whitman Coldwell Banker Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 17
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 11
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $13,473,166 $11,852,362 $12,301,378
Total Expenses $11,904,463 $11,609,355 $11,621,075

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $896,807 $803,271
Government Contributions $9,291,545 $8,660,065 $7,997,351
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $9,291,545 $8,660,065 $7,997,351
Individual Contributions $3,175,591 $1,381,990 $1,060,792
Indirect Public Support $69,120 $72,000 $67,616
Earned Revenue $587,200 $636,973 $2,073,143
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,601 $1,335 $1,944
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $228,025 $138,037 $118,521
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $120,084 $65,155 $178,740

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $9,572,370 $9,336,542 $9,374,238
Administration Expense $1,675,422 $1,797,320 $1,755,202
Fundraising Expense $656,671 $475,493 $491,635
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.13 1.02 1.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 80% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 4% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $9,066,550 $7,808,553 $9,454,502
Current Assets $2,790,771 $2,750,878 $2,078,654
Long-Term Liabilities $4,721,356 $4,811,220 $4,854,094
Current Liabilities $798,286 $1,019,128 $828,329
Total Net Assets $3,546,908 $1,978,205 $3,772,079

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 60.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose N/A
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.50 2.70 2.51

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 52% 62% 51%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Last year–because of the extraordinary outpouring of generosity and support from individuals, foundations, corporations, public funders and supporters like you – we achieved what many deemed impossible: opening two essential new women’s residential recovery homes.

These exciting state-of-the-art programs replace our 47-bed facility lost in 2014 on Boston Harbor’s Long Island when the City of Boston, without warning, closed the island’s only access bridge leaving our clients and staff scrambling to permanently evacuate.  

To rebuild again and reestablish these life-saving recovery services after a staggering financial and clinical blow is a monumental victory. It has taken monumental grassroots organizing, willpower, determination and tenacity on everyone’s part. This groundswell of inspiring community support helped us find a way to start again, to rebuild from scratch against all odds.

We took heart from the rallying cry from supporters: "If anyone can rebuild from such a significant blow, Victory Programs can do it."

On February 22, 2016, Victory Programs opened the first of two critical new residential treatment programs for women: "New Victories for Women" – a 14-bed treatment facility in the Uphams Corner neighborhood of Dorchester. In May of 2017, we opened the second site in Roxbury – the "New Joelyn’s Home" – a custom 24-bed facility in the heart of Boston for women seeking addiction treatment and recovery.

It is important to celebrate this hard won victory for our agency and for women’s recovery services. It is also essential to focus on the urgent need for more evidence-based residential addiction treatment services and low-threshold permanent housing for individuals and homeless families.

The distinguishing feature of Victory Programs’ history has always been our willingness to take a leading role in addressing the most pressing public health issues of our time – often long before those issues were widely recognized or even funded. Victory Programs’ core competence continues to be confronting the emerging health issues facing our communities and most vulnerable members, always as advocates for those most ignored, neglected, marginalized or denied treatment or housing.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals as the breakout was not available.


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