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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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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

August 3, 2015

Young Patrons Summer Outdoor Happy Hour

Join CWU's Young Patrons Steering Committee at an outdoor happy hour

July 28, 2015

More aid needed to help students cover living expenses

In a letter to the editor, CWU Coordinator of Finance Specialists, Caitlin Smith, discusses the importance of Need-based, state-funded financial aid that could cover the costs of basic living expenses, such as rent, utilities, food, car expenses, and child care, would give these students a real opportunity to succeed.

June 11, 2015

CWU CEO/PRESIDENT BETH BABCOCK PROVIDES TESTIMONY TO U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

The subject of the hearing is the “Past, Present, and Future of SNAP,” focusing on the means to climb the economic ladder. CWU was asked to share information on how our model assists low-income families navigate the complex pathway out of poverty, as well as the importance of providing comprehensive workforce development programs for SNAP (food stamps) recipients.


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