Waltham House

A group home for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender,
and Questioning (GLBTQ) Youth

  Waltham House

Waltham House is a group home program designed to provide a safe and supportive living environment for up to 12 gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth ages 14-18. The program also serves youth who may be questioning (Q) their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Many young people have previously experienced difficulty (at home or in placement) due to their gender expression or sexuality identities. Waltham House offers residents a safe environment to live while they prepare for family reunification, independent living and future self-sufficiency.

Waltham House is located in Waltham, Massachusetts. The program offers 24-hour staffing, and is housed in a large, comfortable, federal-style home with an expansive tree-lined backyard in a Boston-suburban neighborhood. The program serves GLBTQ youth who are in need of a safe and nurturing environment in order to reintegrate back into a community and/or family setting.

The services we offer:

  • Multi-disciplinary team approach to treatment plan development and implementation
  • Individual and creative stabilization services and interventions
  • A highly structured therapeutic milieu
  • Individual, group and family therapy and case management by Masters level clinicians
  • Family outreach and support services
  • Psychopharmacological consultation and management
  • Full range of health care services
  • Psycho-educational groups on topics such as trauma, self-esteem, substance abuse, anger management, healthy sexual development, body image, HIV/STD prevention and tobacco cessation
  • Recreational and educational programs
  • Life skills development
  • Opportunities to attend community-based activities such as sports, after-school programs including peer education programs and Gay/Straight Alliances (GSA’s), social/support groups, and community service projects
  • Mentoring relationships, tutoring and vocational training with GLBT adults
  • Foster care recruitment and training
  • Opportunites to connect GLBTQ youth with each other in the community
  • Transgender education/support

Waltham House is the first residential group home designed specifically for GLBTQ youth in New England, and one of only three of its kind in the nation.

The agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the program is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

Waltham House opened in October 2002 and was founded on the principles of responsibility, respect and pride, with the belief that all youth deserve to live in an environment in which they feel safe, respected, supported and cared for.

Primary goals of Waltham House:

  • To offer GLBTQ youth a safe and supportive environment in which to live and grow
  • To offer families the supports they need in order to become reunified with a GLBTQ youth
  • To offer GLBTQ youth an opportunity to develop essential life skills that will prepare them for the eventuality of independent living
  • To offer GLBTQ youth opportunities to develop strong connections to GLBT and non-GLBT communities
  • To help GLBTQ youth reach their potential

To learn more about the program, please contact us at (781) 647-9976 or rreed@thehome.org.  

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