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
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!