Community Work Services (CWS)

Filed Under: Employment
174 Portland Street
Boston, ma 02114
Phone: 617-720-2233
Fax: 617-367-4759

Founded in 1877, CWS helps people who face barriers to work obtain employment and achieve greater self-sufficiency through innovative job training, placement, and support services. Programs and support services include:

Education: The Career Design School 

Economic Development

  • Food Service & Catering
  • Mailroom Operation Services
  • Packaging and Fulfillment Center

Occupational Health

  • CWS has a long history of serving people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and delivering innovative services designed to help them achieve their greatest potential

Workforce Development

  • Work Readiness
  • Job Placement
  • Post-Placement
  • Case Management
  • Legal Assistance & Benefits Counseling


Service hours

Office and Program Hours: M – F: 8am - 4:00pm

Requirements & Restrictions

All of CWS services have specific eligibility requirements. Interested candidates are encouraged to attend an agency tour to learn more about the program and their requirements. Tours are held year-round, every Wednesday at 1pm. Reservations are not required.

Cost depends on the program and funding or referral source

English, Spanish


While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated October 26, 2021


Agency information may have changed due to COVID-19. Please contact individual agencies to double-check their information.