The Woman’s Friend Society has been a positive and often pioneering force in the charitable life of Salem, Massachusetts, since the society’s founding in 1876.  Through Emmerton House, providing affordable housing for women, and the outreach work of its committees, the Woman’s Friend Society continues to contribute actively to the Salem community.


Established in 1876 for the express purpose of assisting women and girls, the Society today carries out its mission through the operation of Emmerton House and support for other Salem organizations.

 Emmerton House

Emmerton House is home to 20 woman who work and/or attend school in the Salem area. For more than 100 years, it has offered single women support and camaraderie in a comfortable, safe and elegant home.
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