Through the Labyrinth
The struggle of navigating the system was described by a woman as going through the labyrinth.
Where Can I Go for Help?
Here are some places women have recommended...
Multi Service Center
362 Green Street, Cambridge
Staff here can help you find answers to questions
Vines Community Center
Cambridge andSomerville Office
c/o Family Center
366 Somerville Ave. (Union Square)
St. Francis House
39 Boylston St., Boston
There is a women’s program on the second floor, 617-654-1234
889 Harrison Ave., Boston
Where Can I Get
Cambridge Somerville Legal Services
Greater Boston Legal Services
Community Legal Services
1 West St., Cambridge
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
23 Everett St., Cambridge
Community Legal Assistance
362 Green S., Cambridge
Free legal clinic for people who are homeless
105 Chauncy St., Boston, 6th floor
Assistance and support for those who were incarcerated
Advice for getting through the first days:
“I wish the question I was comfortable asking was: Can you help me? Even at the dinner table it was hard for me to ask: ‘Can you pass the rolls’? I was raised to be independent.”
“Take this as a time to better yourself, to reflect."
“It’s key to keep the focus on yourself, and on your goals."
“Set small goals and build on them."
“Get strong people in your corner."
“When you get angry, don’t lose your temper—remember what you could lose, what’s at stake, like a shelter bed."
“Keep a sense of humor—that gets me through each day."
“You don’t choose to be homeless—the situation chooses you. But then you have to make smart choices."
“If you’re feeling down and discouraged and don’t feel as if you’re getting results, don’t give up. There are organizations there to serve you—try to get them to respond to you. Try not to take offense—get what you need. There is always someone to talk to.”