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St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children offers innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty. Placing families at the center of our efforts, St. Mary’s Center works in partnership with young women, many of them mothers, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and achieve lasting, powerful change by building their emotional well being, educational achievements and economic independence.

Located in Upham's Corner in Dorchester, MA, St. Mary's Center supports 600 women and children annually with shelter, clinical and educational services, job training, employment placement, and search for affordable permanent housing.

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Get Lost with New Kids on the Block Cruise Tickets! 

Help transform lives by supporting St. Mary's Center through the purchase of raffle tickets to the NKOTB Cruise. All net proceeds from the raffle go directly to St. Mary's and our families. 

Jordan Knight will draw the winner and will announce the name via Twitter! The raffle will close on Monday, April 28th at 11:59 p.m. (EST).There are no limits to the number of tickets that can be purchased, and winner is responsible for transportation to and from New York. 

The winner will receive a certificate for one room for 2 people for the cruise only. Winner must provide their own transportation to New York City where the ship departs. To learn more about the Get Lost with NKOTB Cruise 2014 click here

Click here to purchase NKOTB Raffle tickets!

St. Mary's Center would like to thank Dancing for Hope for making this raffle possible and for supporting the women and children we serve!

Mayor Walsh Visits St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in Dorchester

Volunteers Recognized for Contributions

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh recently visited St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in Dorchester – a nonprofit supporting more than 600 women and children annually through a comprehensive range of services – to see, first hand, the results of his inaugural volunteer program. 

Joined by St. Mary’s President Deirdre Houtmeyers, members of the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees and a number of the families in St. Mary’s care, Mayor Walsh honored nearly twenty men and women who volunteered their time, skills and resources during the Mayor’s inaugural weekend community service tour on January 3rd.  Braving the snow, the volunteers spent the afternoon at St. Mary’s painting and cleaning the board room and cafeteria, among other areas of the Upham's Corner campus.  While at St. Mary’s, the volunteers went above and beyond by making emergency repairs when a pipe burst during the cold spell.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to the dedicated volunteers on Saturday, January 25th.

Photo 1: St. Mary’s Board of Trustees Chair Katherine Hesse (left) and St. Mary’s President Deirdre Houtmeyers (right) with Mayor Marty Walsh during the January 25th visit and volunteer appreciation ceremony. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Office of Mayor Walsh.

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St. Mary's Legacy Bracelet

Help support St. Mary's by purchasing a Legacy Bracelet which was featured at this year's Diamonds of Dorchester fundraiser.

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All net proceeds from the sale of the Legacy Bracelet goes directly to St. Mary's and our families. 



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