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What Makes Us Unique

CWU is a social service provider, a think tank and a grassroots advocacy organization—all in one. Each arm of the organization informs and intersects with the others, fostering a flexible, dynamic and creative environment that produces measurable results. CWU applies this unique, holistic approach to working with its clients, connecting them to a network of resources and accompanying them on their journey to economic independence.

Who we serve

We serve approximately 1,400 low-income individuals annually. Most program participants are young women and their families, including teens and young adults.

Our Programs

Our Research Department

CWU conducts research into the economic, political, and social barriers disadvantaged women face and continually evaluates its programs. CWU translates its research into web-based tools to equip low-income families with information and resources.

Our Advocacy Department

CWU advocates for public policy and legislative initiatives to assist low-income women in attaining economic self-sufficiency.

Our Locations


One Washington Mall
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617.259.2900


10 Perthshire Road
Brighton, MA 02135
Tel: 617.782.7600

Additional sites: Cambridge, Dorchester, Mattapan, and South Boston

Our Operations


Find Out More

Aisha Francis-Samuels, PhD
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

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