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Program Areas



In Tanner Residence, YWCA Cambridge offers 103 units of quality, safe single room occupancy (SRO) housing for women who have experienced trauma and need a supportive environment where they can grow.

While currently in transition, our Family Shelter offers a warm, stable environment for 10 homeless families at a time and offers support while these families build sustainable lives.

With 103 units of single room occupancy (SRO) housing for single women and a 10-bed shelter for homeless families, the YWCA is the Cambridge’s largest residential housing provider for women. 


Empowerment & Economic Advancement of Women & Girls:

In partnership with Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons, our Girls Only Leadership Development (GOLD) Program supports and empowers 8th grade girls in the city to become resilient and transformative leaders of their lives, communities, and beyond. GOLD girls work with a fierce team of mentors, who are women from the Cambridge community, on various themes such as: challenging standards of beauty and stereotypes, social media safety and expression, healthy relationships, financial literacy, public speaking, and more.


Health and Wellness:

Boston Classical Soo Bahk Do has recently become a YWCA Cambridge run program. In addition, our main building hosts classes in Tai Chi, Salsa Dance, Pilates, Gyrotonics, and more!

Our Marshfield Branch offers a reasonably priced Summer Day Camp program to families in Marshfield, and the surrounding communities, which provides a safe and authentic camp experience. All our camp counselors are CPR/AED certified and we are proud to maintain a 5:1 camper to counselor ratio. We provide age and developmentally appropriate activities in a spacious and relaxing environment. We also partner with local organizations such as Second Nature Social Skills to offer an enhance experience for all of our campers.

YWCA Cambridge is also the fiscal sponsor of Community Conversations: Sister to Sister, a women’s health initiative, which is an open forum to explore health issues of relevance to Black women and their families.


Racial & Social Justice Advocacy:

The YWCA Cambridge works closely with racial justice organizations and community groups in the Cambridge area. We are engaged in racial justice through housing justice advocacy and holding events, like our Stand Against Racism Campaign, that aim to celebrate and empower women of color and resist racism. Contact us to learn more about our Racial Justice Committee. 

To read the full YWCA USA Racial Justice Training Manual click here.

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