About St. Mary’s Center

Located in Dorchester, East Boston, and Roxbury, St. Mary’s Center works collaboratively with over 500 women and families annually through multiple adult family shelter programs, a pregnant and parenting teen/young mothers’ program, a transitional housing program, and workforce development and adult education programs.

Gardening at St. Mary’s!

Gardening at St. Mary’s Center! St. Mary’s Center is also welcoming volunteers to help with our vegetable garden! Volunteer activities include planting, weeding, raking etc., with available Saturday and weekday hours. For more info, email contact@stmaryscenterma.org.


St. Mary’s Center and our families are seeking the following household items. Thank you for considering a donation. For more info, call 617-436-8600. Thank you!

The Mission

St. Mary’s Center, a multi-service organization supporting women and families, believes shelter is not enough to erase the devastation of cyclical poverty and homelessness. Grounded in social justice, we empower families to achieve emotional stability and economic independence through education, workforce development, and permanent housing.

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The Vision.

Our vision is to partner with women and families as they ascend to a more thriving, stable future. By understanding the root causes of their trauma and providing services they uniquely need, we join with families in changing their personal trajectory and lead in influencing systemic change.

With Thanks

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Paul Wahlberg and family for so generously donating Thanksgivings turkeys and trimmings to St. Mary’s Center. <3 St. Mary’s Center is grateful for the generous donation of 198 chicken roasters (each at about 9 pounds!) by America’s Food Basket grocery chain.

Thank you, St. Ambrose Parish!

St. Mary’s Center extends our warmest gratitude and appreciation for the beautiful clothing and nursery items generously donated by St. Ambrose Parish.

Watch our latest video!

Click here to watch “Our Stories From The Center.” Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see more!

St. Mary’s Center testimony on an Equitable Recovery for Boston

Testimony from Alexis Steel June 29, 2020 I wanted to thank Senator Nick Collins for inviting me to testify on behalf of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children. Thank you to the Senator and Representative Chynah Tyler for chairing and hosting this valuable listening session. And congratulations on your new baby girl, Senator.  Thank you […]

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