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Serving our community since 1915

The Armenian Women’s Welfare Association, Inc. (AWWA), a service organization founded in 1915, is dedicated to providing comfort, relief, and education to improve the quality of life and well-being of the Armenian community and the community at large.

The AWWA's original focus and still its principle philanthropic endeavor is the operation of the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ANRC), an 83-bed skilled nursing facility in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood within the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The ANRC is widely regarded as a leading Center for post-acute care in the region.

The AWWA is also the major funding source for the Elderly Project of the Hanganak Clinic, a non-governmental organization (NGO), in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Kharabagh that provides medical services, food, and social support to approximately 200 individuals, mostly women who live alone and have no other means of support.

As the needs of the community change, so does the AWWA's role in the community. To this end, since 2013, the Association has been engaged in a Strategic Planning Initiative to lay the foundation and guide the organization into the future.


The AWWA operates under the direction of an elected Board of Directors. This allows the AWWA to utilize its resources collectively and to effectively implement its goals.

Photo of board members and directorsAWWA and ANRC Boards of Directors

Brenda J. Khederian, President
Susan Giragosian, Vice President
Annie Youssoufian, Secretary
Cynthia Kazanjian, RD, LDN, Treasurer
Karen Koumjian, OD
Susan Deranian
JoAnn Janjigian
Nancy D. Kasarjian
Cheryl Panjian

AWWA and ANRC Advisors

Karen Diranian
Janet Jeghelian
Seta Nersessian, Esq.

Executive Director, Interim

Karla H. Fleming

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As a thriving and active organization, the AWWA welcomes new members of the community to join in its mission. Whether one enjoys working on fundraising events, has an appreciation for service to and the healthcare of the Armenian community, or enjoys the camaraderie found when working with a group of peers, the AWWA welcomes Armenian-American women of all ages, interests, and talents to become part of its group. As the AWWA begins to set new goals and embark on new projects, it will continue to be a leader in providing service to the Armenian community. Don't miss the opportunity to become a part of a great organization.