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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Melinda T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the lesbian chats here and the fact that I can use the computers and eat there as well as meet other queer women.

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Cambridge Women's Center. It is one of the best free places that I have found which offers great services to its community. Women have free access to borrowed books on a variety of topics, a kitchen where they can cook and eat, free computer with internet access and cheap printing, and a meeting room where they can many types of meetings that benefit those who attend them. The staff is friendly, never ask for anything, and professional. I have used the center for years ever since I got divorced, realized my attraction for women, and attended lesbian groups there where I made acquaintances and friends, learn and have a great time. I can't say enough good things about this place. Please help it open because we women truly need and love it including me!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cambridge Women Center provides a vital role in Massachusetts !!! Women from many different cities and town use the Women's center in Cambridge. It has allowed me to connect and be supported by the Lesbian Community. I've attend free groups at the center and everyone has always been very welcoming and nonjudgmental.

Beth40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Women's Center gives its space for a woman's group I am attending that has been a great source of support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cambridge Women's Center is amazing. When I graduated from college in 1998, I found I was having a hard time meeting people who did activities other than drink. I was very discouraged and in 2002, I went to a social group at the Women's Center. it was there that I met some of my best friends in the world. I don't know what I would have done without The Center. It truly changed my life!

Maribel R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is an amazing place to meet other women and get a chance to talk and learn about each others. As a Latina Lesbian, I've always found the CWC to be a very welcoming place, safe and full of women who want to give to the community and improve their lives. We do better because of the CWC. Thanks, Maribel

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last fall I attended a workshop on Healing Through Herbal Medicine that was hosted at the Cambridge Women's Center. The presenter was thoughtful and knowledgeable, the staff and space were warm and welcoming, and the clients/community members at the Center seemed very happy to be there. I believe the Center does wonderful, life-changing work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am part of a conversation group that meets monthly at the Center. The Center does not charge for the use of their facility, which is clean and well maintained. The facility is also centrally located and easily accessible by car or public transportation. Many of the participants in our group are new to the state and this is a fabulous resource for them to meet other people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Welcoming and warm environment that's very accessible

Jeny K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attend a meeting once or twice a month in the facility. The volunteers are always friendly and ready to assist you. Without the women's center many groups would have to look elsewhere for a place to meet.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Women' s Center is a wonderful place for helping women discover who they are. I first came here many years ago to help me sort out that I was in fact a lesbian. The supportive groups enabled me to come out to myself and to family and friends. I am extremely grateful this organization exists. I donate money and things on their wish list to give back to help the next person.

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

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