Casa Myrna is committed to providing a comprehensive range of solutions that meet the individual needs of each survivor and child. All supportive services are free of cost and available in both English and Spanish. They include the following:
Legal Advocacy Program
The Legal Advocacy Program seeks to address the unmet legal needs of victims of domestic violence who, due to linguistic, cultural, and economic barriers, would not be able to access representation through normal channels. Initially established to provide emergency legal services, the program has expanded its capacity to include critically needed full representation in Probate and Family Court matters. Casa Myrna is one of the few programs in Massachusetts to provide clients with representation beyond the initial restraining order hearing, and provides ongoing comprehensive family law representation, as well as a Legal HelpLine.
Legal HelpLine: (617) 521-0146 Legal Fax Line: (617) 521-0181
Counseling Services provides individual counseling and support groups for victims of domestic violence, as well as referrals to specialized counseling services in the community. The program is staffed by a licensed social worker and interns from area universities who are majoring in social work or clinical psychology.
A bilingual Spanish-English Housing Specialist works with women who have been made homeless by domestic violence, or who need to find alternative housing options due to ongoing violence in their homes. Women are helped to assess their housing needs, and given guidance in identifying, applying for and securing permanent, affordable housing. The program also helps secure donations of household items and assistance with moving expenses.
SOAR (Stability, Opportunity, Achievement, Results)
Our bilingual Self-Sufficiency Specialist works with women as they set and pursue educational, vocational and employment goals, teaching them to budget, save and plan for sustainable self-sufficiency. The program provides 5-week workshops and individual counseling sessions that help victims of domestic violence learn to review their credit histories, repair bad credit, open savings or checking accounts and master the realities of budgeting and sound financial planning.
Bilingual Spanish/English Community Advocacy Specialists are available at sites throughout Boston, including Dorchester District Court, Roxbury District Court, South End Community Health Center, Upham's Corner Health Center, Brookview House, and the Family Justice Center Boston. Call (617) 521-0116 for current schedule.