Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc. (Abby's House) opened in 1976 as one of the first overnight emergency shelters for women -- with or without children -- in the U.S. Since 1976, Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc. (Abby's House) has provided more than 11,500 homeless women and children with a safe place to stay, regroup, and rebuild. At present, it is one of two family shelters in the area that does not require its guests to be on welfare. With 78 units, Abby's House is the largest provider of affordable housing in Worcester designed to meet the needs of women and children. Abby's House is committed to ending homelessness.