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TITLE:   Common Ground
Deirdre Houtmeyers - St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children
DATE:   02/04/2014
DESCRIPTION:   During the second half of the show, host Sheriff Steve Tompkins talks with Deirdre Houtmeyers, President of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children. On the program, Ms. Houtmeyers spoke about many of the innovative and family-centered programs that the center offers women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty. St. Mary's Center for Women and Children is located in the Upham's Corner section of Dorchester, MA and supports 500 women and children annually with shelter, clinical and educational services, job training, employment placement, and searches for affordable permanent housing. St. Mary’s Center works in partnership with young women, many of them mothers, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and achieve lasting, powerful change by building their emotional wellbeing, educational achievements and economic independence.

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