HEALTH & WELLNESS

We provide care for women’s physical and emotional well-being.

On-Site Free Medical Care

Through a partnership with Health Care Without Walls, nurses and doctors offer our guests free on-site health care services for urgent and chronic health conditions, Monday through Friday. A psychiatrist and psychologist offer counseling, and community health centers and agencies present informational workshops on relevant topics. We train and partner with LGBTQ groups to educate and offer services to a diverse community of women.

WLP advocates and nurses assist women to obtain health care insurance through MassHealth. They also schedule appointments with specialists and arrange for transportation to and from appointments. Women 65 years and over can participate in a program focused on healthy eating and maintaining regular visits with their primary care physician.

 

 

Wellness – Creative Expressions

Beyond food, clothing, and shelter our guests thrive on personal interaction and community friendships. Creative Expressions provides guests with the opportunity to express their talents and interests, and fosters these vital interactions while offering healing, confidence, pleasure and empowerment. Volunteers also teach yoga, offer Reiki, dance, and musicians perform once a month to an appreciative audience.

WLP hires an intern who volunteers for 9 months during the school year as a requirement toward their masters in art therapy. Our interns work with our guests doing various art projects such as paper sculpture, creating masks, holiday related crafts, drawings, painting and other activities. This class is held on Tuesdays 10am-2pm.

 

The drawing class is a two hour class on Wednesday mornings. The class offers our guests a chance to enjoy the fundamentals of simple drawing. The class is for all abilities.

One of our most popular classes, held every other Wednesday afternoon 12:30-2pm. Our volunteers provide beautiful beads for our guests to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Thursday mornings from 10am- 12pm we provide knitting and crochet instruction along with yarn, needles and camaraderie. Longtime volunteers help facilitate this program.

Watercolor or acrylic instruction is on Friday mornings from 10am to 12pm. This gives the women a chance to pursue a greater level of skill in art techniques. Open to all skill levels.

 

Open studios is open to all our guests to work on any art projects they wish to complete or create anew. Hours are 12:30 to 2pm on Friday. Saturday Open Studio with Art Therapists:
On most Saturdays the art room is open to all to join in on various art collaborations.

 

Six to Eight sessions weekly in the Spring exploring Boston. It culminates with a photo exhibit for all the shelter and staff. Days TBA.

Mending is offered on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Longtime volunteers are on call to help with repairs from 10am-12pm. Small sewing classes are held occasionally when time and space allows. In the past, some guests have learned elementary sewing and others have created beautiful tote bags and clothing.