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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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Diamonds of Dorchester

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
6 - 8:30 p.m.

Our 11th annual Diamonds of Dorchester Gala will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Fairmont Copley Hotel.  We will be honoring Joseph (Jay) L. Hooley, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of State Street Corporation with the John M. Corcoran Award for Excellence in recognition of the company's deep commitment and partnership with St. Mary's Center. 

We hope you will join us at the Diamonds of Dorchester event supporting the important work of St. Mary’s Center. Proceeds from the event will go to St. Mary’s Center, an independent 501 (c) 3 organization. To register for the event please click here to visit the ticket and sponsorship page and use the comment box to include first and last name of all attendees. 

For sponsors who wish to be listed in the invitation, please respond by Monday, September 15 to Susan Keliher, Director of Development and Communications at 617.436.8600 ext. 491 or


Here is a chance to advertise your business and demonstrate your support a great cause at the same time.  St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children is accepting ads for our Diamonds of Dorchester event Program Book.  This is a great marketing opportunity as your ad will be seen by 400 event attendees. All proceeds benefit St. Mary’s Center, offers innovative and family-centered residential, employment and education programs for nearly 600 women and children breaking the cycle of trauma, homelessness, and intergenerational poverty.  

here for ad specifics. 

 Deadline to appear in the event Program Book: Wednesday, October 22. 2014. 

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.

  Click here to purchase your own Legacy Bracelet!



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



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