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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.

Upcoming Events

4/17: Team Casa Myrna at the Boston Marathon

Cheer on our running and fundraising champions Danielle Thomas, Ellie Brelis, and Megan Gates as they speed to the finish line! Meet us in front of Emack and Bolio's, 1663 Beacon Street, Brookline at 2:15 PM, and look for our Casa Myrna signs.

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05/11: Community of Conscience Breakfast

Get inspired at our elegant signature annual event celebrating new beginnings for survivors and our community and featuring our friends José Massó, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Rev. Liz Walker, and Curdina Hill. Tickets and sponsorships available at link. State Room, 60 State Street, Boston. 7:30 - 9:00 AM.

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Survivor Reception with Amy Cuddy, May 31

Survivors of domestic and dating violence join TED Talk star, Harvard psychologist, and NY Times bestselling author Amy Cuddy to learn how to unleash our boldest selves to take on our biggest challenges. Invitation only. John Hancock, 601 Congress Street, Boston. 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

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9/21: The Healing Power of Art Gallery Opening Reception

Reflect on art as a powerful catalyst for individual and communal growth in the wake of trauma at this international curated exhibit. On display through October 2017. Tickets available this summer. Liquid Art House, 100 Arlington Street, Boston.

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Past Events

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. Metro Credit Union, 1071 Mass Ave, Boston.

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2/3: Invisible Fractures by Rachel Tine

Hundreds of art lovers visited this beautiful and moving debut solo show by a local up-and-coming photographer. The show is over, but you can still view some of photographer Rachel Tine’s powerful portraits of survivors of severe emotional abuse at the link below. Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont Stree, Boston.

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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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Media Coverage

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