Adult Services

Friendship and encouragement during a Widowed Person’s Support Group gathering.

Widowed Persons Program

Our trained outreach volunteers, who are also widows, work with the newly widowed in support groups.  The program is open to the widowed of all ages who are going through the grieving process.  There is no fee for our service; however, voluntary donations are gratefully accepted.

Widowed Persons Program offers:

  • Outreach: Providing volunteers who are widowed to call newly bereaved to discuss their adjustments to the problems of widowhood.
  • Telephone service: Offering a listening ear from outreach volunteers to those widowed who are not ambulatory and cannot attend our support groups.
  • Group sessions: Bringing the widowed together to discuss problems and provide mutual assistance.
  • Referral service: Providing widowed persons with the local services that can be of assistance to them.
  • Socials: Dinner at minimal cost followed by informative and/or entertaining programs.
  • Monthly newsletter

To enroll in the program, contact Linda Rose at the YWCA: 508-999-3255 or at

This program is funded by Title III – B of the Older Americans Act through Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. 

Leading Ladies

Leading Ladies is a leadership development initiative for young women. The primary aim of Leading Ladies is to empower young women through civic engagement, collaborative social justice efforts, networking, and the opportunity to participate in community dialogues and educational seminars. As a result, young women develop a diverse array of skills to enhance both their personal and professional lives.


Leading Ladies is open to women ages 18-30. The program is community-based and open to the public. Presently, Leading Ladies is also in the process of creating campus-based programming at both the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Bristol Community College.


Do you know a young woman who could benefit from Leading Ladies? Nominate them online. Fill out the contact form and send us a brief message with the nominee’s name, any available contact information to reach them, and any reasons why you think they should be involved. If you are interested in getting involved with Leading Ladies, fill out the contact form here or contact us at


For more information, email Stormi Monteiro, Leading Ladies Coordinator:

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The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts. Each shirt is created to tell the story of a woman’s or child’s experience, by the survivor herself or by the loved ones of those who died.

The purpose of the project is four-fold:

  1. To bear witness to the survivors as well as the victims of the war against women.
  2. To help with the healing process for people who have lost a loved one or are survivors of this violence.
  3. To educate, document and raise society’s awareness of the extent of the problem of violence against women.
  4. To provide a nationwide network of support, encouragement and information for other communities starting their own Clothesline Projects.

Contact the YWCA at 508-999-3255 to organize a display of the Clothesline Project. Advance notice and ample publicity is required to ensure that the women whose shirts are displayed will not come upon the Clothesline unprepared.

clothsline project

racial justice

The YWCA offers racial justice, cultural competency, unlearning racism, workplace diversity and white privilege initiatives that engage youth and adults in educational activities and dialogue.

Sessions are available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Sessions are also tailored to individual and group needs.

For more information or to schedule a session please contact Gail Fortes at 508-999-3255 or

women’s economic advancement

The YWCA offers sessions in financial literacy for women and girls.

Sessions are available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Sessions are also tailored to individual and group needs.  Topics covered include:  Basic Budgeting, Saving for your Family, Planning for your Future, Investments, and Retirement.

For more information or to schedule a session please contact Gail Fortes at 508-999-3255 or