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Dignity is Everything.

Women’s Lunch Place restores dignity and empowers personal decision-making by placing the individual needs, preferences and aspirations of our guests at the center of our model of care.

Located in Boston’s Back Bay, Women’s Lunch Place welcomes all self-identifying women with open arms and unconditional support. Please come in if you need help or friendship – we offer both!


Our FY19 Impact

We are a day shelter community for women experiencing poverty and homelessness. Six days a week, trained staff and volunteers work as a team to provide hundreds of women healing, hope and dignity. We help over 225 women each day, a 50% increase since 2013. Each year, 400+ volunteers provide over 33,500 hours of service, and we receive more than $1 million in in-kind donations. The leadership of Women’s Lunch Place and its Board are strong stewards of the organization’s finances and strive to maximize every dollar donated in order to meet the needs of approximately 1,500 women throughout the year.




Insufficient nutrition increases a woman’s susceptibility to illness. Our Healthy Meals Program is offered to every woman without questions or requirement.



Guests can bring a load of laundry once a week. Having a clean appearance is key to maintaining self-esteem for women in crisis.



We offer daily showers because personal hygiene reduces risk of infectious disease and improves mental health. Guests are given a bathrobe & towel to use.


“Overall this place has been like a blessing. WLP, you have made a difference in my life. Thank God for Women’s Lunch Place”

WLP Guest



Our Programs

Women’s Lunch Place serves each woman’s individual needs, all with dignity and respect. Our breadth of programs, strong community partnerships, and well-trained, dedicated staff and volunteers allow us to meet each woman where she stands. At Women’s Lunch Place, lunch is more than a meal.



Combined with stress and fatigue, insufficient nutrition increases a woman’s susceptibility to illness and poor health. At Women’s Lunch Place (WLP), we look to better our guests’ quality of life.

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Our Creative Expressions program offers classes in painting, drawing, creative writing, photography, jewelry-making, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, yoga, and much more.

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Women experiencing homelessness and poverty face a number of issues on a daily basis. Our staff assist guests in breaking down those barriers.

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Many guests use 67 Newbury Street as their home address to receive mail. This is especially important when applying for jobs and housing.

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Get Involved

We rely on the hard work, dedication, and spirit of partners, volunteers, and donors who contribute to every aspect of WLP’s programs. Thank you for caring.



Host a collection drive of items for our guests, sponsor a meal in honor of a loved one or celebration, or help us sell Creative Expressions artwork.


We welcome individuals and groups to volunteer in food preparation, serving healthy meals, assisting in the Welcome Center, Resource Center, and more.

Make a Donation

We rely solely on the generosity of individual donors, corporations, and foundations. Make a difference in the lives of vulnerable women.


Hours of Operation

We are open from Monday through Saturday from 7:00am until 2:00pm. A nutritious breakfast is available from 8:00am – 10:00am, and lunch is served at 12:00pm. The Resource Center is open from 8:30am – 1:30pm.

Our administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and are located offsite.

Learn more about our Healthy Meals Program.

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