Who We Help

Everyone has the right to live without fear of abuse – physical, verbal, mental, sexual or emotional. Billingual/bicultural services available. All services are confidential and free of charge. Please explore our site and learn more.

Womanshelter/Compañeras serves women, men and children throughout western MA, with outreach focused in Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow, Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield, Southampton, Monson, Palmer, Ware, South Hadley, Belchertown and Granby. If you are outside this area, we can refer you to help in your area.

Womanshelter/Compañeras operates a confidential emergency shelter for women and children who are trying to escape from dangerous relationships. The goal of the shelter staff is to keep families safe in a home-like atmosphere and assist them in their efforts to establish violence-free lives. Womanshelter/Companeras also works with men who are victims of abuse, and will help find safe housing. 

Because most families are forced to flee without their personal possessions, including financial resources, Womanshelter/Compañeras provides sheltered families with food, clothing and other essential items. All services are free of charge. While in shelter, families are connected to community resources and receive housing advocacy. Shelter stays range from several days to three months. The average length of stay is 3 weeks. On average, Womanshelter/Compañeras shelters 80 women and 140 children annually. For more information, contact us.

Here’s a list of services that we offer:

  • 24 Hour hotline 1-877-536-1628
  • Emergency shelter
  • Individual Counseling
  • Support groups in English/Spanish/Russian
  • Medical, financial & housing advocacy
  • In-court legal advocates
  • Comprehensive teen services
  • Child advocacy & programming
  • Community Education
  • Information and referrals
  • Refugee & Immigrant Services
  • Pet foster care