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Celebrate 40 Years of New Beginnings

In 1977, Casa Myrna opened its doors as just one shelter, staffed entirely by volunteers. Now, in 2017, we’re Boston’s largest provider of shelter and comprehensive supports to survivors of domestic violence and their children and a powerful voice for social justice statewide. We’ve grown a lot, but our passion has remained the same: making sure all survivors can access the resources they need to rebuild safe, stable, and joyful lives for themselves and their families.

For the last 40 years, the diversity of supporters like you has made it possible for Casa Myrna to thrive. In recognition of this fact, we’re not hosting a single one-size-fits-all event to celebrate our anniversary. Instead, we’re taking advantage of the occasion to host a plethora of unique events that will uplift every member of our vibrant community, including entrepreneurs, policymakers, artists, professionals, philanthropists, activists—and, most importantly, you.

Throughout 2017, please join us to honor our foremothers and forefathers, celebrate the enduring strength of survivors, and look towards a future where every relationship is safe and healthy.

You can download our 2017 calendar as a PDF here.


Past Events

5/31: Take a Stand with Amy Cuddy

TED Talk star, Harvard psychologist, and NY Times bestselling author Amy Cuddy led an empowering workshop for survivors on the power of body language to unleash our boldest selves to take on our biggest challenges. Hosted by John Hancock.

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5/11: Community of Conscience Breakfast

More than 300 guests joined José Massó, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, and Casa Myrna's first Executive Director Curdina Hill to celebrate our founders and four decades of leaders. Thanks to your support, we exceeded our fundraising goal of $100,000. Hosted by the State Room Boston.

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3/23: Make It Your Business Leadership Reception

Boston's business and community leaders came together to honor José Massó (WBUR, Massport), Sue Sullivan (Newmarket Business Association) and Shelagh Mahoney (Eastern Salt) for their support for survivors. Hosted by Metro Credit Union.

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4/17: Team Casa Myrna at the Boston Marathon

Our running and fundraising champions Danielle Thomas, Ellie Brelis, and Megan Rogers raised more the $42,000 to support survivors and their families--and ran the most storied 26.2 mile route in all of sports.

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2/3: Invisible Fractures by Rachel Tine

Hundreds of art lovers visited this moving debut solo exhibition by local up-and-coming photographer Rachel Tine. You can experience some of photographer Rachel Tine’s powerful portraits of survivors of severe emotional abuse at the link below. Hosted by the Piano Craft Gallery.

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Upcoming Events

9/21: The Healing Power of Art

Immerse yourself: art for your eyes, art for your ears, art for your palate. Join us for a soulful evening featuring pop-up exhibits reflecting on the healing power of art at Liquid Art House. Tickets now available!

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Casa Myrna Today

Until Every Relationship Is Safe and Healthy

Each year, Casa Myrna serves nearly 2,000 survivors by providing legal representation, counseling, housing support, four residential programs, and more. Our SafeLink advocates answer 30,000 calls a year from community members seeking assistance through Massachusetts’ statewide domestic violence hotline. Through outreach and awareness, we educate more than 2,000 teens and adults each year to help prevent abuse before it begins.

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Our History

Casa Myrna began to take shape when activists from the Villa Victoria housing development, United South End Settlements, Casa del Sol, Old South Church, St. Stephen’s Parish, the Church of the Covenant in the Back Bay and the South End Community Health Center joined to organize and seek support throughout the South End in the early 1970s. The agency’s founding coalition was a lively, passionate and diverse group, reflecting the vibrant patchwork of people living in the community, including our namesake Myrna Vázquez.

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We believe that every relationship should be safe and healthy. What do you believe?