Ways We Help
Crittenton Women’s Union uniquely combines direct service programs, independent research, and public advocacy in its mission to help low-income women and their families achieve economic self-sufficiency. Each year CWU helps approximately 1,400 people through its Mobility Mentoring™, housing, education, and workforce development programs.
CWU’s Mobility Mentoring™ Services staff and programs—including the groundbreaking, five-year Career Family Opportunity program, Mobility Mentoring™ Centers, and Woman to Woman—promote economic independence among low-income women and their children by offering highly individualized basic skills training, education, and career guidance to homeless and stably housed low-income women and their families.
Crittenton Women’s Union is the largest provider of family shelter in Massachusetts, serving more than 350 families a year. During their stay, families develop a plan to help move them toward an economically independent life.
CWU’s Boston Neighborhoods Healthy Families program helps first-time moms and dads, 20 years old or younger, develop strong parenting skills and build the groundwork for long-term economic self-sufficiency. This free program supports young parents until their child’s third birthday.
Crittenton Women’s Union provides a residential meals program for its congregate housing sites in Brighton and Allston and conducts a for-profit food business delivering more than 1,000 meals day. CWU’s food business revenues help support CWU and its programs.