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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.

Mass Index 2013

From Opportunity to Burden: Profiles of Households Caught in the Credit Trap

The result of a year-long collaborative study, CWU's newest report 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.

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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

January 26, 2015

Inclement Weather Announcement- Tuesday January 27, 2015

State of Emergency declared for Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 23, 2015

Close to Home: Reflections on Poverty, Perseverance and Promise

Due to the impending blizzard, the Close to Home memoir release event has been postponed. A Crittenton Women's Union installation and event, hosted by the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. Initiated in October 2013 with Michael Patrick MacDonald, the award-winning and NY Times best-selling author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie and Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion, the "Close to Home" project has been a cathartic and powerful exercise in crafting memoirs for social justice.

January 22, 2015

Live! Work! Thrive! Celebrating Economic Independence

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, CWU will celebrate the first graduating class of its innovative 5-year Career Family Opportunity (CFO) program, with the annual fundraising reception: Live Work! Thrive!. Join us at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to mark this tremendous milestone for CWU and the women of CFO.


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