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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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The result of a year-long collaborative workshop, CWU's newest publication features personal autobiographical essays written by five women overcoming poverty. Led by Boston native and best-selling author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, Michael Patrick MacDonald, the project has been an exercise in crafting memoirs to foster self-empowerment and social justice.

» Learn more about this project, read the e-book, and listen to audio clips.


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

October 29, 2015

Coaching for Economic Mobility

This document is an attempt to clarify what is meant by the term “coaching” at CWU: both how it is defined and how it is practiced. This document will lay out the reasons coaching is used at CWU, and define the basic components of how coaching is done at CWU. The focus throughout is on usable information for the field. The hope is that practitioners and policymakers will find useful guidance that will shape how they conceive of and practice coaching.

October 21, 2015

Mobility Mentoring® Essentials Training Fall 2015

On Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22, 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.

October 10, 2015

Disjointed System Fails Families; Interagency Effort is Key

Ruthie Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy, signs off on this letter to the editor urging the state government to prioritize collaboration among nonprofit and advocacy agencies.

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