Office: (617) 354-6394
Helpline: (617) 354-8807
Overview of Programs
The Cambridge Women's Center offers a wide variety of programs, groups and workshops to meet the varied needs of women in Greater Boston. Our programming assists women in healing from traumatic experiences, offers opportunities for women to support each other, and develops new skills and leadership abilities among the women in our community. We strive to meet the intersecting needs of a broad constituency of women, providing support throughout the healing process and at every stage of life. Our goal is to contribute to the empowerment of women and the creation of a just society. Our programs serve a wide range of women, ranging from women experiencing homelessness to women housed with stable incomes, women who are socially isolated and women with large networks. Being open to all women allows us to build community across differences, offering a unique opportunity for connections.
We offer 3 main programs: Drop-In, Helpline & Groups
Our Drop-In Program & Telephone Helpline is open 55-hours, 6 days a week (Monday through Friday: 10am-8pm & Saturdays 10am-3pm). Throughout the month, we offer between 20-30 different free groups and workshops each month. Read below for more information on all our programs!
Our Drop-In Program provides a safe space, access to our 3-story home, where vulnerable women can access a wide variety of resources to help them improve their lives and/or address their daily needs, including:
A safe daytime refuge for all who identify as women, with access to our living room, library, computer labs, garden, and art spaces
Computer and telephone access with print, scan, and fax services
Fully-stocked kitchen and pantry with regularly scheduled food deliveries at least 3X a week
Material assistance in the form of basic necessities, clothing, and pre-made food and snacks
Emotional support (a space for women to share their stories and find community)
Resource referrals (education and referrals for health, emergency services, housing, employment, legal and other service)
In-person problem solving support (applications and resume help, computer assistance, personal projects)
Access to all our free programming - including creative arts, trauma support, healing from childhood sexual abuse, LGBTQ+ support, English-Spanish conversation, wellness & self-help and much more!
At least two volunteers are always on hand to assist with drop-in needs
Our emotional support helpline is open during our normal hours of operation (weekdays from 10-8 and Saturdays from 10-3, (617) 354-8807 ). Women can call-in to speak with our volunteers about anything they’re experiencing, to talk through problems, and to seek resource referrals on topics such as homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, sexual abuse, substance use, mental health, and trauma
Our business line is open during our normal hours of operation to provide resource referrals and basic information on Center offerings and programming
Groups & Workshops
The Women's Center also offers a wide variety of groups and workshops ranging from trauma support groups to yoga to sewing to creative arts and crafts. Our most popular groups include: Lesbian & Bi-Women’s Support Group, Drop-In Discussion Group for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 65+ Discussion Group and more!
Please find more information by checking out our monthly calendar page - which has more info on offerings and how to run your own group!
Information about Incest Resources, the Survivor Quilt Project, and Survivor Theatre Project can be found Here
Incest Resources (IR): an all-survivor, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that provides free support groups and workshops for survivors, as well as literature, resource lists, recovery materials, and other support for survivors.
Survivor Quilt Project: a unique art therapy and public education project that empowers groups of incest survivors to create representations related to incest that capture the challenges and triumphs of healing from such abuse. The stunning and powerful quilts raise awareness of the devastation incest causes, demonstrate the healing power of creativity, promote public discourse on a subject that remains taboo, and bring hope to victims.
Survivor Theater Project (STP): a workshop series that provides sexual trauma survivors with a creative experience for healing and outreach, using a unique therapeutic approach to bring survivor voices to the public discourse, increase access to the performing arts, and expand public awareness about the realities of sexual violence. Over the course of the theater workshop series, participants build an ensemble, learn theatre skills, create an original short play, and prepare the play for performance. The extended workshop culminates in theatre performances and post-performance dialogues with attending audiences.