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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

February 10, 2016

CommonWealth Magazine: Coaching can help poor emerge from poverty

By Elisabeth Babcock According to a new report from the Brookings Institution, Boston has the biggest wage gap in the country. One out of every four Massachusetts residents lives in a working-poor family that cannot afford to meet its basic needs. The current system of public assistance can help poor families survive, but it is not designed as a path to economic independence in our modern innovation economy.

February 9, 2016

Boston Globe: New antipoverty group is a who’s who

“It feels like being asked to be a part of the X-Men or something,” [Elisabeth Babcock] said. “It’s just a singularly talented group of people who are all fighting the same foe.”

February 5, 2016

Elisabeth D. Babcock joins the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty

Today, Elisabeth D. Babcock joins the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, a collaborative of extraordinary partners who will spend the next two years discovering permanent ladders of mobility for the poor. All of its work will be public, with the goal of sharing insights and ideas with those poised for action.


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