St. Mary’s Center’s 120,000-square-foot campus is the focal point of expert services, committed partners, and supportive collaborators, all working together to create opportunities for women and children to transform every aspect of their lives. In addition to the Center’s eight programs, we have strategically convened a collaborative network of service providers on and outside our campus, to ensure that families living in poverty have easy access to the quality services needed as they create pathways out of poverty.
“St. Mary’s Center has helped me in many ways while letting me be myself, including helping me get back on track with my life, becoming more social, to be more open-minded all while learning new skills.” —Marlena Woodliff, W@W+ Graduate
KEY COLLABORATORS AND PARTNERS
BOSTON HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS provides on-site clinical and preventive health care to St. Mary’s Center families through the services of a nurse practitioner. Health Care for the Homeless is committed to ensuring the highest quality of health care to Boston’s homeless adults and families.
BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS has launched St. Mary’s Alternative School for pregnant teens, an on-site initiative. Within this secure and supportive environment, students are encouraged to maintain their current grade-level studies and return to schools in their communities after childbirth. A wide range of services is available to these adolescent mothers, including prenatal, life skills, health and HIV/AIDS education, parenting classes, academic and vocational programs, violence prevention training, job placement, peer leadership programs, and career counseling.
BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE provides Women@Work Plus trainees and graduates access to its “Bridge to Community College” program through 16-credit classes that take place on the St. Mary’s Center campus. The classes are designed to create academic and employment opportunities for low-skilled adult students by offering career guidance and information technology courses.
HEALTHWORKS COMMUNITY FITNESS manages an on-site, community-based fitness center for residents, students, employees, and neighbors who qualify. It offers free access to cardiovascular and strength training equipment, group exercise classes, and wellness coaching.
HORIZONS FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN operates a Community Children’s Center at St. Mary’s Center, providing comprehensive, full-time early care and education for homeless children, and support services to their families.
ITALIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN/COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS provides families with on-site access to a full array of therapeutic, stabilization, and mental health services.
PHOENIX FAMILIES provides women overcoming substance abuse, and their children, with a warm and welcoming haven at St. Mary’s Center as they transition to safe, sustainable housing and achieve economic independence.
PROJECT HOPE, a multiservice, Dorchester-based agency, collaborates with St. Mary’s Center and Small Can Be Big on an innovative pilot program to support vulnerable families and young people through education, training, and employment services.
UPHAMS CORNER RESIDENTIAL and St. Mary’s Center have partnered and created 47 units of affordable housing in the Uphams Corner neighborhood of Dorchester for families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.