About Woman's Friend Society

Women helping women. This purpose lies at the core of the Woman’s Friend Society’s commitment to helping others. 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.

Members—all women and all volunteers—participate through committees whose work ranges from knitting hats for premature babies to helping at Brookhouse, an historic Salem rest home for older women.  Our biggest endeavor is maintaining and managing Emmerton House.  These activities are funded by a wide variety of grants and events, such fashion shows, yard sales, teas and coffees and plant sales.