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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.

Close to Home

Close to Home

The result of a year-long collaborative workshop, CWU's newest publication features personal autobiographical essays written by five women overcoming poverty. Lead 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.

 

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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's New at CWU

March 27, 2015

Close to Home: Reflections on Poverty, Perseverance and Promise

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.

March 27, 2015

Writing To Heal From Trauma: Women Pen Memoirs With Help From Michael Patrick MacDonald

For many people who’ve endured trauma, writing brings a sense of peace. And now a program at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston, called “Close to Home: Reflections on Poverty, Perseverance and Promise,” is helping women write their own memoirs as a form of healing. Guiding the writing is Michael Patrick MacDonald, Boston native and author of “All Souls: A Family Story from Southie.” WBUR’s Deborah Becker spoke with MacDonald and one of the women who took his memoir course, Jennifer McCall.

March 16, 2015

New report finds minority working families in Massachusetts are three times more likely to be poor than white working families

A new report by The Working Poor Families Project, for which Ruth Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy at CWU is a state partner, examines the large and growing economic divide among America’s 32.6 million working families, with whites and Asians at the top and other racial/ethnic groups—particularly blacks and Latinos—falling behind.


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