Past Events

Allies in Action: A Speaker Series

Join Womanshelter/Compañeras in dynamic, virtual conversation about intimate partner and domestic violence. Allies in Action: A Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided for these events. All of the events are FREE and open to the public! If you would like to make a donation to Womanshelter/Compañeras, please make your donation at

Thursday, October 1, 2020 

Kristen Faith – Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence Founder and domestic violence expert – will spark dialogue using her experience as a survivor and a thriver after an abusive relationship.

Click here to register to attend this virtual event with Kristen Faith.



Thursday, October 8, 2020 

TerryJosiah Sharpe – one of the most sought after educators on healthy relationships – is sharing his story about perpetuating and overcoming abuse.

Click here to register to attend this virtual event with TerryJosiah Sharpe.



Thursday, October 15, 2020

Tara Woodlee – Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence Board President – will speak about starting her advocacy after her daughter Ashleigh and her unborn baby were killed by Ashleigh’s boyfriend.

Click here to register to attend this virtual event with Tara Woodlee.



Thursday, October 22, 2020

A highly-engaging and informed roundtable of leaders will enlighten and educate about the current experience of Massachusetts domestic violence services and prevention organizations.

The panel includes Womanshelter/Compañeras Executive Director Carmen Nieves, The Center of Hope and Healing Executive Director Isa Woldeguiorguis, Casa Myrna Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Brown and serving as moderator for the event is New Realm Coaching and Consulting Founder Elizabeth Solomon.

Click here to register to attend this virtual roundtable event.


Please help us spread the word about Allies in Action: A Speaker Series:
Download a flyer here and share our Facebook event.




CARVE Beauty Bar to hold car wash for W/C

Sunday, September 9, 2018
(Rain date: 9/15/18)

CARVE Beauty Bar
67 Lincoln Street, Holyoke
11:00 – 1:00

Holyoke Hummus will also have their food truck available





October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Womanshelter/Companeras invites all members of the surrounding communities to two unique events being held to recognize the importance of this issue.

Displays of Character: Men Reimagining Manhood

Displays of Character flyer

Tower Square, Springfield MA

This museum-quality exhibit features powerful portraits and interviews with thirteen MA White Ribbon Day Campaign Ambassadors who represent thousands of men and boys across the Commonwealth who have taken the White Ribbon Day Pledge to be part of the solution.

The display will last through the month of October with a special Opening Ceremony taking place on Tuesday, October 4th at 12:30pm

Displays of Character flyer



Purple Light Nights® – Light Up A Yard!

Purple Light Nights

Heritage State Park, Holyoke MA

Join Womanshelter/Companeras and special guests as we light up the canal to bring awareness to Domestic Violence. Individuals are invited to show support by purchasing a yard of lighting to remain lit throughout the entire month of October.

The event will commence on Thursday, October 6th from 4:30-6:30pm with unique performances and exhibits, and conclude with a Lighting Ceremony.

Purple Light Nights flyer

Contribute to the event:
Help light up the night to support domestic violence victims! Your contribution of $15 will light up a yard of the canal for 30 days during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Donate now via PayPal:

Purple Light Nights donation form (download, print, and mail to us with your contribution)

Charity Domino Tournament

Charity Domino TournamentWomanshelter/Compañeras  hosted its first ever Domino Tournament! The event took place as one of the premier events at the Hub at Gateway City Arts, and will raised much-needed operating funds for Womanshelter’s emergency shelter and community-based services.

June 4, 2016, 3pm
The Hub at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

Admission is free to the general public. There is a $25 enrollment fee for those interested in participating in the tournament. For more information about the event, please contact Carmen at 413-538-9717.

Garden Sculpture Workshop

Garden Sculpture WorkshopAward-winning sculptor, author and Holyoke native, DJ Garrity, will be conducting a Garden Sculpture Workshop with all proceeds to benefit Womanshelter/Compañeras. The three-day workshop offers a rare opportunity to create an heirloom quality garden sculpture within the medium of white marble for the home, garden or gallery.

Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15, 2016. 9am-3:30pm daily.

Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA

Workshop participants will use basic hand tools to create unique works in stone; the program has been well-received by gardeners, artists and the life-long learning community. The fee for the workshop is $450.00, and includes local white marble and the use of hand tools. No previous artistic experience is required. Registration ends May 6, 2016, and will be limited to 12 participants.

Further information about the artist and his vast accomplishments may be found at This is the only workshop that DJ Garrity will be offering in America during 2016.

Please contact Womanshelter/Compañeras at 413-538-9717 to learn more about this unique event!

The Reminder, April 15, 2016: “Workshop to benefit Womanshelter/Compañeras


“Love Shouldn’t Hurt/El Amor No Duele” Basketball Tournament

"Love Shouldn't Hurt/El Amor No Duele" Basketball Tournament

Womanshelter/Compañeras is excited to host the 2nd annual “Love Shouldn’t Hurt/El Amor No Duele” Basketball Tournament! This year, we have the addition of a Hip Hop Video Shoot featuring Tang Sauce.

Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Time: 3pm
Location: Holyoke High School/Door 12; 500 Beech Street; Holyoke, MA

To learn more, please visit

4th Annual Holyoke Firefighters’ Firehouse Ciao!

Classic Italian fare prepared by Chefs of the Holyoke Fire Department To Benefit Womanshelter/Compañeras

June 25, 2015, 4:30-7:00 pm

Mater Dolorosa, Pope John Paul II Social Center    2015-Firehouse-Ciao-Poster
25 Maple Street, Holyoke, MA

Download the poster

Dinner/Event Admission Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Children (12 & under)

Purchase tickets for a special raffle for an hour-long experience with a Holyoke Fire Truck for a special child in your life!

Event and Raffle tickets are also available at the door and by calling Womanshelter/Compañeras at 413-538-9717

This raffle is a great opportunity for a child’s birthday party or a ride to school!!

Raffle Eligibility and Limitations

  • One-hour experience with a Holyoke Fire Engine – exploring and learning about the vehicle, ring the bell, hear the siren
  • 15-20 minute ride within Holyoke city limits; recipients of the raffle do not have to reside in Holyoke, but will have to arrange for a pick-up location within Holyoke for the activity to occur
  • Up to 3 children, ages 4-13, plus one adult chaperone, allowed on the truck for the actual ride
  • Date of occasion to be determined by speaking with the Holyoke Fire Department contact person
  • Further information to be provided once the raffle recipient is chosen