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Tubman's History


Tubman is a multi-service agency with 40 years of experience serving individuals and families. Formed from the union of four separate organizations, Tubman continues the work of our namesake, Harriet Tubman, by leading the way to hope. Today, we honor Harriet’s personal motto of “Keep going.”

In 2001, Tubman Family Alliance formed through the merger of Harriet Tubman Center, founded in 1976 as the third domestic violence shelter in the nation, and Family Violence Network, founded in 1982. Then in 2007, Chrysalis, A Center for Women, founded in 1974, joined Tubman Family Alliance, and the unified organization became Tubman. In July 2011, ElderCare Rights Alliance, a statewide organization founded in 1972, joined Tubman.

Tubman offers a continuum of healing and recovery to individuals and families struggling with domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, sexual exploitation and other forms of trauma. Tubman has an extensive network of partnerships with both public and private nonprofit agencies and institutions. In addition, it has referral relationships with scores of governmental and nonprofit agencies, law enforcement agencies, legal service providers, crisis lines, landlords, employers, educational providers, health care organizations, faith communities, cultural groups and others who refer individuals to Tubman or who provide services and counsel to participants.