Imagine having nowhere to go; nowhere to sleep, eat or shower. Now, imagine having to take care of children too. Where would you go?


At this time, Abby's House is not accepting housing applications.  
Abby’s House is Worcester’s largest provider of affordable housing specifically designed to meet the needs of women and children.


We all need support to get through the tough times in our lives. At Abby's, having a personal Advocate makes a world of difference to the women we serve. 

In January, we received an endowment of $100,000, which will make a world of difference to the homeless women & children we serve! If you'd like to consider leaving a gift to Abby's in your estate, please visit the planned giving section of on our website!

On behalf of the women and children we serve, we would like to publicly thank all of the individuals and groups throughout the years who have planned and hosted their own events to benefit the critical work of Abby’s House. These events have ranged from birthday party donations in lieu of gifts, to pancake breakfasts, to art shows, and even large-scale annual auctions.  

Our Mission

Since 1976, Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc. (Abby’s House) has provided more than 11,500 homeless women and children with a safe place to stay, regroup, and rebuild. Abby’s House was one of the first shelters for women, with or without children, in the U.S. At present, it is one of two family shelters in the area that does not require its guests to be on welfare. With 78 units, Abby’s House is the largest provider of affordable housing in Worcester designed to meet the needs of women and children.

Things We Need


Dishwasher Pods
Paper Towels
Paper Cups
Paper Bowls
Large and Small Paper Plates
13-Gallon Kitchen Trash Bags
Microwave Oven (tabletop, 1.4-2 cubic foot)
Pots and Pans (new sets)
High Chair (must be new due to safety and recalls)
Travel Mugs

Large Storage Bins with Lids