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Women's Educational Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Counseling, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Unknown, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Our vital programs serve over 2,000 underserved and at-risk women annually from Greater Boston and across New England. Our programs target women with the least access to resources and support services, with particular emphasis on low-income women, immigrant women, and women of color. Located in our supportive and encouraging women's space, our vital programs go far beyond direct service - building women's self-esteem, breaking through isolation and hopelessness and teaching skills that foster personal growth and community change. Most of the women served by the Women's Center have histories of child sexual abuse or domestic violence, and are low-income. We provide direct services (a safe space, support groups, informational workshops, counseling, etc.), educational resources, and advocacy projects to women free of charge. Using our services, victims of violence and oppression become survivors - healing and rebuilding their lives.Founded in 1971, The Women's Center has led the way for groundbreaking community projects serving thousands of people in need. In 1973, the Women's Center developed the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), which has grown into its own independent organization. The Women's Center was intricately involved in the founding of Transition House - the first battered women's shelter in MA, and to this day provides free services to Transition House to keep their clients safe from their batterers. The Women's Center was also instrumental in the founding of Finex House (the first wheelchair-accessible shelter in MA) and the Elizabeth Stone House (a shelter for battered women and women withaddiction and/or mental health issues). In 1980 Incest Resources, the first organization for survivors of child sexual abuse, started at the Center, and is still providing a facilitated support group and many other resources to survivors of child sxual abuse. The Women's Center is the only organization in the area with such an extensive array of FREE services, including a 55-hour per week helpline and drop-in space, where homeless women and others can use the kitchen, computer lab or sit or rest in a comfortable room.

Programs: Educational and support programming, 3410 women attended over 200 free groups, workshops and trainings in 2014

drop-in resource and support center, 5900 logged visits in 2014

information and crisis helpline, 3800 logged calls in 2014

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cambridge Women's Center is an amazing resource in this community, with a variety of classes, workshops, groups, as well as the resources that are always there for drop-ins (computers, the full kitchen where there's always something to snack on, and the kick-ass volunteers). I can honestly say that without the support I've received there, my life would look very different, and I'm grateful every day to just know that they're there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The cambridge women's center has been an amazing resource for me year after year and now decade after decade. I have gone there to connect with darius support group over the years. Whenever needed they have been a fabulous resource for housing jobs and even legal services . They have always kept extensive updated resource manuals on just about any subject imaginable that you might need to find. It has been a place for support, for socializing, for learning etc. Their technology resource center is invaluable. The staff of volunteers is always immensely helpful and friendly. I have been considering a move to a warmer state for health reasons And 1 of the first things I look for is a womens center in that area. They don't seem to be many and the few I've found don't seem to be of the same caliber and I may not be able to leave boston just for that reason. Knowing that the resource of the cambridge women's center is always that Caring supportive home 1 always hopes to find.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The center was there for me when i needed to feel a part of a group and in need of guidance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at the Women's Center for 3 weeks now and it feels so good to be part of this amazing place. So many women walk through the door every day and make use of the computers, the kitchen, the quiet living room, or the long list of volunteer-run programs or groups that take place every day. I'm just so impressed by how, no matter what's going on, there's this fundamental feeling of calm in this place. The staff and volunteer team at the center have really managed the toughest thing in running a space like this, which is to keep the atmosphere grounded and welcoming. Whether the role of the moment is welcoming new faces, or coming up with new ways to fix the faulty toilet handle, the whole community in this place are incredibly dedicated to making it a place where women can connect with one another, track down resources, or just relax and make a cup of coffee.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Open 6 days a week, women can find loads of supportive activities, including support groups, workshops, a helpline, computer labs and training. Everything is free! There is a library, children's room, a library, kitchen. Volunteers, including college interns and professions, answer the helpline, lead groups, and offer caring support and resource information. It's a great place for any woman, and is used by a great mixture, including many homeless women, women who have been abused, low-income women. Having a supportive place that is open weekday days and evenings and Saturdays is huge to many of those who come. Women's lives are improved as they give and receive support, find friendship, and learn and grow. It's amazing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing asset to the community! An opportunity to meet with great women.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

wonderful place for people to connect, warm and friendly staff, and at a point in my life when I needed it most! thank you

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center is a warm place to stay! Center offers opportunities for every women to become a person who can advocates yourself and others :)

Alex13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Women's Center provided a safe place for me to slowly come to terms with my sexuality by providing a space for a group of women with similar situations as me (in a straight marriage, questioning our sexuality) to come together and share our stories, struggles, and celebrations. All of us felt like we were the only one in that situation, until we walked into that meeting group. Since that time and still currently, I occasionally use the Center to meet and discuss with other queer women for a sense of community. I've also used it's library resource and it's computer center resource. Thank you, Women's Center!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cambridge Women's Center was/is a warm and welcoming space. It became part of my introduction to a variety of social and exciting women engaged in interesting, meaningful and FUN activities. I'm not sure I would be the person I am today without having such a supportive place to go to.

Candace E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very proud to share my experiences and association as a volunteer at The Women's Center in Cambridge, MA. With a paid staff of one, and a crew of volunteers, this organization serves hundreds of women in the area, providing resources such as outreach, information, free groups, computer access, a variety of rooms that feel like home, a kitchen that is stocked with donations from generous people in the area and a helpline staffed by volunteers. There are also clothes available, flyers and information regarding insurance, activities, employment and did I mention a variety of free groups that can range from anything from Issues in the Media to Support for Trauma Survivors and everything in between (it is constantly changing, thanks to the generous volunteers who donate their time and expertise). The Women's Center has a wonderful director and dedicated volunteers, which somehow or other works on a very limited budget

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been regularly attending lesbian discussion groups at the CWC for about 3 years. The CWC is a great space for such discussions, the living room is spacious yet cozy. It's a welcoming place, and we are able to hold our discussion group there free of cost to us, which speaks to how much the CWC seeks to provide a space for women of all means to gather. The CWC and the discussion groups I've attended there have had an enormous impact on my life... in fact, I met my partner there about 2 years ago and we are getting married in October! So, we love the CWC!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a member of Mairic's Lesbian Chat. She is an awesome person and chat is a great event. I have always felt at home at the center.

Kari7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cambridge Women's Center is home to many different political,healing,social groups for women. Though humble in appearance it's impact on women in the area has been monumental for the past 3 decades.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the Cambridge Women's Center for over 4 years. It's an amazing place that helped me feel at home when I moved to Boston. It serves so many diverse women with different needs! And it has a remarkable feminist herstory, roots that can potentially ground every woman who walks through the Center's door. I make a month donation and can't say enough about the CWC -- it has enriched me life, giving me a place to explore, discuss, grow and participate in community. The CWC rocks!

Michele24

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Women's Educational Center has been an invaluable resource for myself and countless other women. I started going there in the 1970's as a young woman trying to make my way in the world, and the classes, 12-step meetings, networking, and resources provided by the Center were integral in shaping the woman I am today. I'm so grateful for the fact that it's still there and is constantly expanding its programs to meet the needs of young women today. There are so few places like it, and such a need for it! I love the Center with all my heart and hope it continues to provide support and services for many years to come.