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GOLD Registration Open

The Girls Only Leadership Development (GOLD) program invites all 8th grade girls in Cambridge to join us for the 2017-2018 year! GOLD is a free empowerment girls program that meets every other week, starting in November. Registration is now open. Click here for more info!


December Artist

December Artist

Join YWCA Cambridge and Julie Ann Otis on December 15, 2017 from 6pm-8pm for a reception showcasing Miraculous Inivisible. The event will be hosted in the lobby of 7 Temple St., Cambridge, MA.

Miraculous Invisible
About the Work:

Miraculous Invisible – The Nebraska Series is a typeography (photo poetry) collection created while in artistic residency at The Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska, and written on a 1953 Smith Corona typewriter in a Chinese-style hut in the middle of the prairie. Poems were written in direct response to the environment, fellow artists, and meditative experiences while living on the farm. Once written, they were immediately nailed up to the lathe inside the hut, and the collection of 90 pieces was exhibited in August 2015. Below is the map offered for visitors to the original exhibition.

These pieces embrace the extraordinary in the ordinary and the plainness of ecstatic moments. Humorous and contemplative, the poems serve as storytellers, mirrors, and prophets while the staging of the photos informs the voice of each poem --  sneaky, bold, gentle, empowering, or even punchdrunk.

About the Artist:

Julie Ann Otis is a civic engagement artist, improvisational poet, and healer committed to the experience of ease for all people. She is the creator of Active Receptivity Coaching, a toolkit of intuition and compassion practices, which she teaches in private practice and through public art installations. Julie Ann’s most recent work, “American Therapy,” supported interactive, artistic, compassion-building. She asked the public to share their experiences living in the U.S. with artists who then translated these stories into a 200 square-foot mural of poetry and portraiture reflecting daily kindness and struggle. This and other civic engagement art installations (“Election Therapy Booth,” “Inauguration Therapy”) have garnered her national and local press as an experimental artist working at the intersection of peacebuilding and public art.

Other works include typewriter-based poetry installations (“Pinup Prophecy,” “Free Verse”), burlesque spoken word poetry in aerial rope and harness (“Talk to Strangers”), and spoken word performance at the ICA Boston (“Look Before You Leap”) and at Boston City Hall. Her 2017 photo poetry exhibit, “Miraculous Invisible,” explored the ecstatic, sexual, humorous, and raw moments of everyday life.

Julie Ann was named Somerville’s Artistic Fellow of Interdisciplinary Arts in 2016 and Opus Affair Artist of the Year in 2014. She has been an artist in residence at the Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska and at the Noepe Center in Martha’s Vineyard. Her chapbook, Elastic Communion, and spoken word album, Sermons of the Real, are available at


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YWCA Cambridge is HOME.

YWCA Cambridge is HOME.

November 2017



Dear Friend of the YWCA Cambridge,

The YWCA Cambridge is housing assistance and community space, but is also much more. Each year the YWCA Cambridge’s Family Shelter and Tanner Residence combined are HOME to more than 150 single women and mothers with their children who otherwise would be homeless or living in unsafe, unhealthy surroundings. 


Since 1911 the YWCA Cambridge has been located in Central Square and has provided safe, secure, affordable accommodations for indigent single women and more recently homeless mothers with their children. In fact, the YWCA Cambridge is one of the area’s oldest and largest housing providers for women.  


Often our residents have faced significant life challenges that have caused them to need our structured housing environments where they receive guidance and support to help enhance their life skills and guide them toward self-sufficiency.


YWCA Cambridge is HOME to the most desperate and vulnerable among us. Our Tanner Residence was HOME to Mary* for more than 20 years after her abusive husband beat her so badly that she was left with permanent brain damage as well as no financial or family support, and nowhere else to turn. Out of options and after a lifetime of suffering Mary came to the YWCA Cambridge Tanner Residence where she found what she needed most -- safety, security and unwavering support. She found a place to call HOME, where she gave as much as she received through her generous, giving spirit and actions.


Unfortunately, Mary passed away this past spring, but she left behind a community of women who cared about her, supported her and who remember and miss her. For Mary and for many of the women who live in YWCA Cambridge housing, we provide more than a place to stay.  We provide a HOME filled with compassion and mutual respect. We offer an empowering place where the most vulnerable among us matter and no one is left behind.         

Operating YWCA Cambridge housing costs money. Although, we receive financial support from other sources, this year we need to raise $30,000 by December 31, in order to keep pace with necessary spending. We hope that as you plan your year-end giving and your 2017 charitable contributions, you will remember the YWCA Cambridge, especially our Tanner Residence and the Family Shelter, the places more than 150 single women and mothers with their children call HOME.


Please visit, to make HOME happen with your tax-deductible contribution to the YWCA Cambridge.  To donate by check, mail to YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple St, Cambridge, MA 02139. Make all checks payable to YWCA Cambridge.


On behalf of the women and families who turn to the YWCA Cambridge for housing and hope, we extend our sincere thanks for your support.



Eva Martin Blythe

Executive Director                                                                                                                                   


*Mary is not her real name.