Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: Closed

Office: (617) 354-6394
Helpline: (617) 354-8807

The Cambridge Women’s Center

Our Beginning

Founded in 1971, following a women’s movement building takeover, the Cambridge Women’s Center has been developing innovative programs and services for women of all backgrounds for 48+ years. We offer all of our programs and services completely free of charge! We are the oldest community-based center for women in the United States and are excited to see what we can accomplish in the next half-century! Read more about the history of the Cambridge Women’s Center here.

Our Mission

The Cambridge Women's Center provides a supportive community space for all women by offering opportunities for empowerment, learning, healing, trauma support, and understanding.

The Women's Center achieves its mission by providing the following services:

  • Drop-in day center program providing a safe space for all who identify as women;

  • In-person and telephone helpline offering emotional support and resource referrals on topics such as homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, sexual abuse, substance use, mental health, and trauma;

  • Informational resources on housing, employment, legal services and more;

  • Material assistance, including free food, clothing and Computer Lab access;

  • Free classes, workshops and groups, (20+ each month) including creative arts, trauma support, financial planning, LGBTQ+ support, English-Spanish conversation, wellness and self-help, and much more!

The Cambridge Women’s Center is open to all women. however, the specific needs of the greater boston area mean that We primarily serve housing-insecure, marginalized, and low-income women in the area.

I don’t have a house and this place feels like home during the day in a way shelters never do.
— Cambridge Women's Center Member
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