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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Victims Services, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Casa Myrna delivers solutions to end domestic and dating violence.

Target demographics: The women we serve tend to be young, low-income, minority, and live in the Greater Boston Area. Over three-quarters of the women in our residential programs bring children, the majority of whom are six years old or younger.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2011, Casa Myrna provided shelter to 69 women and 65 children, including one residential program reserved exclusively for pregnant or parenting teenagers who are survivors of domestic or family violence. More than 300 women from the community access our comprehensive range of supportive services every year.

Geographic areas served: Casa Myrna provides shelter and supportive services in the Greater Boston Area and hotline services throughout the state of Massachusetts.

Programs: Residential programs:the agency has three residential (shelter) programs in the city of boston for women and children made homeless by domestic violence. Total per-night capacity is 24 women and 35 children. The mary foreman program is a short-term program providing safe housing for up to 6 months. The transitional living program and teen parenting programs are residential programs with stays up to 18 months; the latter is for pregnant and parenting teens made homeless by family or domestic violence.

supportive services:programs including community-based advocates at local courts and health centers, legal advocacy services, housing search assistance and advocacy, financial literacy/budgeting workshops and referrals to vocational and educational programs, support groups and individual counseling. Provides public awareness campaigns, outreach materials and education on the issue of domestic violence.

safelink:casa myrna operates the only statewide, multilingual, 24/7 domestic violence hotline in massachusetts. Hotline advocates provide crisis intervention, supportive listening, safety planning and referrals to domestic violence shelters and community-based programs across the state. Provides public awareness campaigns, outreach materials and education on the issue of domestic violence.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I posted a previous negative review, which I had trouble taking down because I wasn't signed in. I have managed to take it down but feel it may be helpful to keep this as a positive clarification. The situation mentioned was a personal problem not related to anyone's work. And I know the individual concerned truly cares about the work that he/she does and wants to do do good. That is why the person works at Casa Myrna. There were a lot of external factors to the situation, and it must have been scary for everyone involved. That always happens when one is personally connected to a situation. But the related staff member had helped me a lot in the past, and that is how I came to know about Casa Myrna and the good work that you do. I am very grateful to her for all the times she has helped me. Please forgive me for writing a negative review. I don't want it to negatively impact anyone's work or career opportunities, and had hoped that writing a review would not cause a problem for anyone from the start. I am also absolutely sure that this person respects client confidentiality--mine was a very different situation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great cause, championed with passion by highly effective people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became invovled last year with Casa Myrna as a Board member and it has been one of the most eye-opening and rewarding experiences for me. I have become acutely aware of the great need for shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and of the lack of funding and awareness for these needs. Casa Myrna does an excellent job of providing an entire spectrum of services from its Safelink hotline, to acute and transitional living shelters, access to legal services and life skills. The dedication of the staff is incrediable and I admire them everyday for thier dedication. Hopefully, a day will come when services like those provided by Casa Myrna are not longer needed but until then the Boston area is incrediably lucky to have Casa Myrna.

3 Caroline13

Donor

Rating: 5

To Whom It May Concern, For many years my husband and I have supported the brilliant work of Casa Myrna, inspired by the brave and fearless work of this organization which aids women who have been victims of domestic violence, providing shelter for them and their children when they most need it. Equally important is Casa Myrna's leadership in making the taboo subject of domestic violence part of our national dialogue, lest we forget. Not a day passes where Casa Myrna and their devoted staff are not engaged in providing resources for those who need them most. We cannot emphasize the importance of their work strongly enough and urge all who can to support them however small the donation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been supporting Casa Myrna for 10 years and I have recently joined the Board. As husband, father of daughters, son, and brother to sisters, I am surrounded by strong women who are living healthy, productive lives. The major differences I see between the women in my life and the women whom Casa Myrna seeks to serve is a safe/respectful home, access to education, and a sense of optimism for the future. I am proud of the dedicated team at Casa Myrna who work to make this type of life possible for victims of domestic violence.

Elaine C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The updates and information on Facebook are so very helpful and enlightening.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became aware of Casa Myrna years ago when I was engaging in community organizing and advocacy work. I often heard wonderful things about the work Casa Myrna does with survivors of domestic violence, and so, as I was preparing to graduate from college and looking for full time work, Casa Myrna was an organization I was interested in becoming a part of. Although I took a different path, and as I continued to work around women's issues, Casa Myrna stayed on my radar. Currently, as an advocate at a non-profit, I see firsthand the value of the services Casa Myrna provides. I often refer my clients to Casa Myrna for their DV services and the SafeLink hotline. I am confident that my clients are in good hands when they are working with Casa Myrna advocates. Given Casa Myrna's exceptional reputation, and the phenomenal experiences I've had working with the organization, I was incredibly enthusiastic to join the Board, and am thrilled to work alongside the organization presently.

1 Lennox C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the son of a detective in the sexual assault unit, I deeply appreciate the services that Casa Myrna provides to victims of domestic and dating violence. Although domestic violence can affect anyone in a relationship, regardless of gender, the reality is that the overwhelming majority of victims are women, and the overwhelming majority of perpetrators are men. Thus, we need to stop thinking about domestic and dating violence as “just” a woman’s issue, as though that lets all of us off the hook. Casa Myrna is a comprehensive solution resource that has empowered women for over 35 years. I am honored to serve on Casa Myrna's board of directors.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Prior to joining the Board last year I had a long experience with referring my patients to CMV- I always felt confident they would get the services they needed. Now as a member of the board I have the profound opportunity to witness first hand the mindful and strategic planning that makes this organization so unique. I am proud to serve on the Board of CMV and look forward to all the important things we will do together.

ALO

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Casa Myrna is an amazing organization, and I am proud to be a Board Member. Casa Myrna provides a comprehensive range of services to women and children who have suffered domestic or dating violence. Not only does it provide direct services, often in a woman's greatest hour of need, it also focuses on those who have yet to seek services, educating our communities on what domestic violence looks like and what to do to prevent or stop it. While I wish domestic violence were nonexistent, I am glad that Casa Myrna is here to serve those who have to face it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Casa Myrna is the leading organization in greater Boston providing shelter to Boston's most vulnerable domestic violence victims. We are so fortunate to have them in our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Casa Myrna is a wonderful organization that provides critical services to victims of domestic violence throughout Massachusetts, including its 24 hour statewide SafeLink hotline. Its staff is dedicated and energetic in working to end domestic violence. Casa Myrna is led by a dynamic team of caring professionals and deserves the support of everyone in our community.

Donor

Rating: 5

As New England’s leading provider of shelter and services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, Casa Myrna has changed the lives of thousands of women and children. As a funder, I am impressed by the organization's full menu of services for victims (counseling, legal assistance, housing, food, etc.) and also its educational work with teens to help end domestic violence in our comminities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Casa Myrna has transformed my life and that of my children by helping me break the cycle of violence that has haunted my family for generations! They have been an instrumental source of support, empowerment and shelter when I most needed. My story is one of pain, courage and triumph…too long to share in this setting but I will briefly summarize it. I was seventeen in high school with a one year old daughter and son on the way and no safe place to go. I was turned away from other DV shelters because of my age, that’s when Casa Myrna Vazquez opened their doors to me. That day nineteen years ago I was born again and I've since lived everyday to the fullest for me and my children. I was given a second chance at life and I took it! Thank you Casa Myrna Vazquez for starting the cycle of healthy happy living that will continue for generations to come!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board member at Casa Myrna for over three years and have known about the organization much longer. It is an incredible organization which helps women and child who have been affected by domestic violence. They have a 24 hour hotline, shelter services, legal services, counseling services, advocate services, education and prevention services as well as a media campaign which helps bring the issue of domestic violence out into the public. I am pediatrician and know how pervasive domestic violence is.

Donor

Rating: 5

Domestic violence is an act of inflicting pain, whether physical or mental, on one or several people who are closest to us. The victims are infants, children, men, women, the elderly... There is no discrimination. The victims' fear of a new episode leaves them helpless and isolated. They "live" in a dark tunnel.
Casa Myrna and its outstanding, dedicated staff bring the light back into the lives of these women, young girls and children.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Board of Directors of Casa Myrna for one year, and I am continually amazed at the life-transforming work that the group does. From the SafeLink 24 hour domestic violence hotline, to emergency shelters for women and families leaving situations of terrible abuse and violence, to ongoing educational and preventative efforts, this organization is doing incredibly vital work in the City of Boston. As an attorney who has had the privilege of representing survivors of domestic violence in obtaining restraining orders, I can attest to the strength and power that Casa Myrna provides to people who need assistance when leaving a terribly difficult, traumatizing situation. Casa Myrna fills that role. It is a true honor to play a very small part in the great work that they do for this community.

Jessica S.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been a board member of Casa Myrna for a few months now and I've been impressed by the dedication of my fellow board members and the commitment by the leadership of the organization to think critically and strategically about how to best serve the victims of domestic and dating violence.

Kathy H.

Donor

Rating: 4

My daughter volunteers on the board and has made me aware of the good works done by Casa Myrna. I am impressed with its length of success and the scope of the work for women and families in crisis. I especially like that they list the services provided to families for a certain dollar amount.