YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women and Girls

Helping Haverhill Residents – You Can Help!

Haverhill Residence PicThe Residence in Haverhill, which re-opened in the fall of 2018, to provide safe, affordable, dignified housing for ten single, low-income, at-risk women. The project had strong support from the City of Haverhill since it helps to address homelessness in the area.  The second and third floors of the historic YWCA building at 107 Winter Street have been totally renovated, space has been added, and an elevator has been installed along with other features that make it fully handicapped accessible.

Donated over 100 years ago by Haverhill physician and philanthropist, Dr. Irah Eaton Chase, the building represents all that is best about Haverhill’s community values, in which care for those in need is paramount. Dr. Chase was concerned about the health and safety of young women working in Haverhill’s factories and shops, most of whom were far from home and family. His generous donation of the property to the YWCA reflected his commitment to providing a safe home and support to those young women. YWCA Board meeting minutes from the early 20th Century tell of many cases of young women who came to the YWCA destitute, in need of food and shelter. Because of Dr. Chase’s great gift—and the social commitment of the women who lead the YWCA  in those early years—the needs of those young women were met.

Social conditions change, but the mission of the YWCA and its commitment to women in need has never wavered. Providing safe affordable housing has always been part of the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. In fact, the first service offered by YWCA Haverhill, in 1891, was housing single women who came from overseas and rural areas to work in the city at a time when the city’s industries were thriving, and mills, factories and shops were recruiting young women workers.

How YOU Can Help Our Residents!
The Residence has ten individual bedrooms, a common kitchen and living room, and multi-floor bathroom facilities.  All residents are in need of special furnishings or other household and personal necessities.  If you feel you can help make a difference for our residents, we welcome you to make a monetary donation by clicking here.

Thank you for supporting our work . . . and our residents!