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family shelter program
The Family Shelter at the YWCA houses single mothers and their children.  It consists of 10 families of diverse ethnic origin speaking four different languages.  The women range in age from 20-50, the majority being in their twenties and early thirties.  Most of the women have been the victims of abuse either as children and/or adults in domestic relationships.

The goal of our program is to provide a safe, normalizing environment for women and children who have experienced homelessness and the physical and emotional upheavals that those entails.  We work to bring out the strengths of our clients, to foster resiliency and self-sufficiency, and to give them the tools to care for and to protect themselves and their children under extremely difficult circumstances.  Overall, our emphasis is to help our families find appropriate and permanent housing, to enable the mothers in our program to more fully understand the possibility of making positive life choices, and to find the strength to make those choices.

For more information, contact us at Family Shelter.








transitional program
The Transitional Program provides temporary housing for women who are struggling to maintain a job or housing.  Working with our residence staff, the residents participate in money management training, establish monthly budgets and open savings accounts.  Last year, 92% of our residents in the program obtained employment or enrolled in school, and 67% successfully obtained permanent housing.  A small percentage of residents choose to remain at the YWCA permanently, because it is a safe, affordable housing option.  Currently, we have residents who have lived with us for over 20 years.

residence program
The Residence Program offers permanent housing in private furnished rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms.  There is a laundry room, lounge area and large backyard available for residents' use.  And the residence is staffed by 24-hour security.

The Residence Program offers housing for up to 69 women who are 18 years or older, have completed the application process and meet all the requirements. Subsidized rooms are available for those who meet the financial criteria.

The YWCA of Cambridge strives to provide a safe and comfortable environment, which supports women in their pursuit of personal and professional goals.  Residential support services are available through our staff.

The residents of the YWCA of Cambridge are expected to support the imperative…to "eliminate racism by any means necessary to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people."

To obtain an application, you can call or email us (we will gladly mail an application to you) or stop by the Residence and pick one up. 


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