A Shelter for Homeless Women

Staffed entirely by volunteers, Sancta Maria House is a ten-bed shelter for homeless women situated in the South End of Boston. A place of rest, peace and renewal, Sancta Maria House provides a home-like atmosphere that sets it apart from other, more institutional establishments.

Sancta Maria House staff

Volunteer staff outside Sancta Maria House

On September 8, 2012, Sancta Maria House celebrated 40 years of service to homeless women in the City of Boston.  Founded in 1972 as a not-for-profit organization, Sancta Maria House was the first overnight shelter for women in Massachusetts.  Providing a safe haven for 3,000 women each year, Sancta Maria House operates solely through the dedication of dozens of volunteers and is funded by private donations.