NELCWIT's History

The New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT) arose in response to the needs of local women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse. In 1975, four women meeting around a kitchen table in New Salem outlined a plan to combine crisis intervention and safe shelter with ongoing advocacy and support for women navigating complex legal, vocational, and financial problems.

 

NELCWIT’s first outreach office opened in 1976, operated by a staff of up to 22 volunteers offering crisis counseling and temporary shelters through a careful network of approximately a dozen private homes. In 1977, NELCWIT was incorporated as a non-profit multi-service center addressing the needs of women in major life transitions and in 1979, NELCWIT opened their first shelter for women and their children who had experienced abuse and needed to escape their immediate situation.  In 1984, rape crisis services were expanded, increasing our public education efforts to prevent sexual violnce and our capacity to assist survivors of sexual assault and incest.

 

Over the past four decades NELCWIT’s services have expanded and changed, as an agency NELCWIT now serves people of all genders and has bilingual services focused on working with Spanish-speaking community members. NELCWIT also opened the Franklin County Children’s Visitation Program (FCCVP) in 2001, offering a safe and neutral setting for supervised visitation. The new FCCVP office space has also opened its doors to a number of innovative Economic Empowerment Programs, including sewing classes, English classes, and the Garden Project. All free programs offered to individuals who are interested in gaining new skills to aid in economic stability.

 

Through NELCWIT’s main offices in Greenfield MA, and a satellite office in Orange MA, NELCWIT continues to provide crisis services, advocacy, support and referrals to people who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, or incest. NELCWIT also has a 24-hour crisis hotline, court advocates in both the Greenfield and Orange courts, Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) advocates who respond to domestic violence calls at local police departments, and Medical Advocates who respond to hospitals to provide support to survivors of sexual violence.  In addition to these crisis-based services, NELCWIT staff and volunteers also engage in public education and advocacy around domestic and sexual violence, and explore how intimate partner violence intersects with larger, systemic issues of oppression and racism.

For immediate crisis intervention, please call our 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 413-772-0806

To talk to someone in person, please come to our Greenfield location during the following walk-in hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9AM-4PM
Friday, 9AM-1:30PM

We are located at 479 Main St., Greenfield, MA