May 31, 2012
I moved to Massachusetts in Jan 2011. I am used to moving, but this move was especially hard for me. I found a social group that was held at the Cambridge Women's Center. The Center allows groups from the community to use their space. I was so grateful to find a place where I could meet other people, since being new in a large city can be very lonely and somewhat depressing. I learned more about the Center and realized how they have helped so many women. The director, staff and the volunteers are so amazing at their commitment to help any and all women who want and need a better life. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 22 years and I understand the need to be an advocate for those individuals that are struggling with the hurdles that life brings to each of us. When someone feels lost and/or hopeless, all it takes is a kind smile, a person who will listen and/or a safe place, to help ease the pain and fear experienced by many . This is how I see the Cambridge Women's Center! A hand, actually many hands, that help women gain their confidence back and their lives! What amazes me is looking at their website. "Assisted in forming the first battered women's shelter in the state, Transition House, in 1973." That was almost 40 years ago! Again from their website: "Developed and nurtured the Rape Crisis Center starting in 1973 through its evolution into an independent organization, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, (BARCC) in 1987." This non-profit organization has lasted over 41 years, enduring the best and worst of the economic eras, and yet , they are still here, helping every woman that seeks help. This is an organization that needs to be recognized! Sincerely, Alex Rossman, LICSW
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