The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center was founded in 1977 as the Elizabeth Buffum Chace House. This was a Community Improvement Project of the G.F.W.C. Warwick Junior Women’s Club with the intent of providing immediate, temporary shelter and support services for women and children in crisis due to domestic violence. Original services, which continue through the present time, included the crisis hotline and the safe shelter. Over the years, new services were added to address the needs of women who are unable or not ready to seek shelter, and to include men who are victims of abuse. In 2004, we opened our Community Center in Warwick to better serve community-based clients and to strengthen our work in the community. EBCC is a member of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
We are often asked about the woman the agency is named for. Elizabeth Buffum Chace was a prominent Rhode Islander who lived during the 1800’s. She was an influential activist dedicated to improving the lives of women and children.