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A Dynamic Approach to Helping Women and Their Families

Crittenton Women's Union breaks new ground daily helping low-income women achieve economic independence. In one organization, we combine direct service programs, independent research, and public advocacy. Our clients' determination to overcome poverty informs our search for solutions and inspires our call for change.

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From Opportunity to Burden: Profiles of Households Caught in the Credit Trap

The result of a year-long collaborative study, CWU's newest report chronicles how consumer debt prevents low-income Massachusetts residents from achieving economic independence and makes service and policy recommendations for removing financial instability as a barrier to self-sufficiency.

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Transforming Lives

Crittenton Women’s Union transforms the lives of 1,400 people each year. Learn more about how CWU is creating opportunities for economic independence!

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Economic Independence Calculator

What are the real costs of living in Massachusetts in 2013? This invaluable interactive tool will allow you to easily determine how much it costs for a specific family-type to live in any community in Massachusetts.

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What's New at CWU

December 2, 2014

Applying Research to Create Real Pathways out of Poverty

Deborah Youngblood, vice president of research and innovation at Crittenton Women's Union, gives an introductory explanation of how emerging brain science has informed, and continues to shape, the agency's theory of change and approach to building economic independence among low-income individuals and their families.

December 2, 2014

#GivingTuesday

How do YOU do #GivingTuesday? As the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday calms, thoughts turn to ways in which we can not just give but give back.

November 13, 2014

CWU and collaborators release findings of year long consumer debt project

On Thursday, November 13th, CWU and collaborators released the findings of their most recent study: From Opportunity to Burden: Profiles of Low Income Households Caught in the Credit Trap. One of the least research contributors to poverty, consumer debt can affect diverse areas of peoples' lives, ranging from degrading physical and mental health, to preventing some from accessing post-secondary education or securing employment. This study explored the roots of crippling consumer debt and its consequences, and makes policy recommendations to help Massachusetts residents combat its negative effects.


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