Our Mission


De Novo provides free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling to low-income people. Our services combat the effects of poverty and violence by helping clients and their children meet basic human needs for safety, income, health and housing. De Novo draws on the expertise of 140 dedicated volunteer professionals to serve our community’s most vulnerable members.


We provide legal help in the areas of housing/homelessness prevention, child custody and domestic violence, immigrant and refugee rights, and disability benefits, as well as a full range of mental health and case management services to help clients cope with the emotional impact of trauma. Our holistic model of care means clients not only receive effective legal assistance, but they are also able to navigate the enormous struggles they face.

De Novo provides most of its services through the efforts of over 140 volunteer attorneys, clinical social workers, psychologists, paralegals, interpreters, student interns and other professionals who together contribute over one-half million in direct services each year. These dedicated volunteers make the center's cost-effective services possible.

In our 2018 fiscal year, volunteers donated 12,553 hours of service, equal to seven full-time staff.



De Novo is generously funded by the Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 Grant Program.