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.


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. 


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.


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


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.


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

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Holiday Pop-Up Market

CWS Pop-Up Market offers you the extraordinary opportunity to showcase your one-of-a-kind creations to more than 100,000 pedestrians, commuters, and tourists every day! (read more)

Celebration of the Power of Possible Gala 2018

CWS and The Fedcap Group are pleased to invite you to the 2018 Celebration of the Power of Possible Gala—Innovation to Impact on Monday, November 26th at Cipriani’s at 110 East 42nd Street in New York City. We hope you will join us at the event, which will honor the spirit of innovation and impact that thrives in every company within The Fedcap Group. (read more)


CWS visit Boston Museum of Science

On the recent trip to the Boston Museum of Science, all participants were from CWS’ funding source, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Within this group, there is a range of developmental disabilities that require a higher level of care and attention than many of the organization’s other participants. (read more)