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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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Using Brain Science to design new pathways out of poverty

CWU’s newest report explores the impact of factors such as social bias, persistent poverty and trauma on brain development and outlines the connection between how cognitive skills affected by persistent stress impact low-income adults’ ability to get ahead.

 

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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

November 13, 2014

CWU and collaborators to release findings of year long consumer debt project

On Thursday, November 13th, CWU and collaborators will release 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.

November 13, 2014

From Opportunity to Burden:

The result of a year-long collaborative study, From Opportunity to Burden: Profiles of Individuals Caught in the Credit Trap 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.

October 23, 2014

Mobility Mentoring® Tools, Techniques and Training

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, social service practitioners who want to learn more about Mobility Mentoring® and best practices in helping families reach economic mobility were invited to attend a one-day training session to be held at CWU’s Boston headquarters at One Washington Mall in Boston.


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