Each woman staying in our shelter or living in our housing is assigned her own Advocate, who helps her identify realistic goals and assists her in identifying the tools she needs to achieve them. Our Advocates empower women to access the resources they need to succeed.

Thrift Shop Vouchers

Vouchers to our Thrift Shop are issued to current and former guests and residents, as well as homeless or low-income women referred to us by our community partners, once a year.

If you are in need of clothing or necessities and are working with another service organization, please have them write a letter on your behalf on their agency letterhead stating your needs and bring the letter to Abby’s House, 52 High Street, Worcester, MA between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Annette Rafferty Women’s Empowerment Center

The Annette Rafferty Women’s Empowerment Center is the heart and soul of Abby’s House. It is where residents and shelter guests come together as a community and are able to access exceptional programs designed to help foster healing and hope. The women’s center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to current and former guests and residents (in good standing), serving as a space where women can find continued support, camaraderie, and services.

Below are some of the programs and activities offered by the Annette Rafferty Women’s Empowerment Center, as well as some of the benefits of membership. Please check our monthly calendar for activities and times.

  • Lunch every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Food Pantry
  • YWCA Membership – includes fitness area.
  • Ecotarium and Worcester Art Museum Passes
  • Snap Benefits Counseling
  • Access to health services such as haircuts, teeth cleaning, and a flu clinic
  • Pet Therapy
  • Financial Counseling and Budgeting Support
  • Computer UseWEC June 2024 (1)
*Open only to current and former guests. For any questions, please email Annemarie at

If you would like to speak with an advocate, call the front desk at 508-756-5486 to make an appointment.