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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.

Mass Index 2013

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

April 9, 2015

Mobility Mentoring® Essentials Training

On Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10, social service practitioners who want to learn more about Mobility Mentoring® and best practices in helping families reach economic mobility are invited to attend a two-day training session.

January 28, 2015

Close to Home: Reflections on Poverty, Perseverance and Promise

A Crittenton Women's Union installation and event, hosted by the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. Initiated in October 2013 with Michael Patrick MacDonald, the award-winning and NY Times best-selling author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie and Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion, the "Close to Home" project has been a cathartic and powerful exercise in crafting memoirs for social justice.

December 23, 2014

Charitable IRA Rollover is back!

Act before December 31st to take advantage of this opportunity.


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