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Casa Myrna

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.

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!