Founded in 1877, CWS helps people who face barriers to work obtain employment and achieve self-sufficiency through innovative job training, placement and support services.

Representative Russel E. Holmes visits CWS
We are very proud and honored that Representative Russel E. Holmes visited CWS. Representative Holmes represents Massachusetts’ Sixth Suffolk District, which includes a portion of the communities of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Jamaica Plain. Many participants who walk through the doors of CWS live in these areas. Our leadership team and Representative Holmes exchanged ideas on how to best serve the population in these communities and toured our training programs. We look forward to continuing our conversation on empowering members of the communities Representative Holmes represents, and thereby improve the lives of all our participants.

Our Programs provide a mix of classroom learning and hands-on training to help participants develop technical and interpersonal skills to become successful in today’s competitive job market.

Building Careers

Our Career Design School provides participants with immersive, skills-based learning in a number of high-growth sectors, allowing them to explore, train and thrive in a new career.

Empowering the Workforce

We work in close partnership with employers to deliver training programs that focus on helping those with developmental disabilities build in-demand skills for the workplace.

Jump-Starting Opportunity

We connect skilled workers with employer partners to help fill critical staffing gaps and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the workplace.

Ongoing Support

Case managers help participants develop short- and long-term employment goals and provide ongoing post-placement services, legal assistance and counseling.

Informational Sessions: 1:00 PM, Every Wed. 174 Portland St #2, Boston, MA 02114

Our Story

CWS was founded over 140 years ago by Annie Adams Fields in Boston to improve the lives of the city’s poor.

Ms. Fields believed that access to high-quality education and employment opportunities was the most critical way she could improve the lives of those in poverty. She sought to apply business principles and efficiency to this mission.

Since then, CWS has stayed true to the mission set by our founders, while also expanding the scope of our programs and widening the range of the populations and geography we serve.

What’s New at CWS

Training the homeless in ‘The Power of the Possible’

When Bennie Blake was homeless, his only goal was surviving from one day to the next. But instead of shaking his fist at the world, he found his way to Community Work Services; a Boston based nonprofit organization that has been assisting people like him for more than a century.

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Community Work Services

174 Portland St 2#,Boston,MA 02114
(617) 720-2233