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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 Uphams Corner in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 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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Thank you to the Dancing for Hope co-c hairs, Jill Hayes and Evelyn Knight, the committee Patti Elliot, Danielle McKnight, Denise Queally, and Margaret Walsh, special guests, Jordan Knight, emcee Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, PhunkPhenomenon, NewEngland Patriots cheerleaders, and all of our generous supporters. Together we raised more than $80,000 for St. Mary's Center and the families we serve!


Diamonds of Dorchester

Thank You to our Diamonds of Dorchester 2014 Sponsors! 

Radiant Level Sponsors ~ $25,000

John and Mary Corcoran Family Foundation
State Street Foundation

Marquis Level Sponsors ~ $10,000

Anonymous Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
Corcoran Jennison Companies 
FGS, Inc.
The Flatley Foundation
Chris Gaffney & Karen Kames
Iron Mountain
Mary Lou & Wiliam Jackson
Xyster Consulting, Inc. 

Princess Level Sponsors ~ $5,000

Arbella Insurance Foundation
Archdiocese of Boston
Boathouse, Inc.
Frank & Ginny Corcoran
Thomas & Line Corcoran
Corcoran Management Company
Ed & Dawn D’Alelio 
Joseph & Nancy Flaherty
Expressway Toyota
Rick High & Anne Perkins
Gary & Corole Jennison 
Rosanne Bacon-Meade & Peter Meade


Neighbors Supporting Neighbors 

The 1st Annual Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Event, an incredible evening which raised nearly $60,000 for St. Mary’s Center!  

"We are forever grateful to the host committee of esteemed elected officials, including Mayor Walsh and Boston City Councilor Frank Baker, our passionate event co-chairs, James Baker and Sally Cahill, our tireless event committee and everyone who generously supported the event and St. Mary's Center for Women and Children. Each and every person came together to embody the true spirit and meaning of Neighbors Supporting Neighbors to help homeless families receive life-changing programs and services that improve their emotional well-being, educational achievements, and employment opportunities,"  Deirdre Houtmeyers, President of St. Mary's Center. For the full story and to view more photos click here


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 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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