Springfield “Bowen” Center
235 Chestnut St. Springfield, MA 01103
We are right on the first floor with an accessible entrance.
Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9am-1pm
Bathrooms will also be accessible during these times.
Directions and Info
Large, free off-street lot
On bus line use PVTA or Google to find your way here.
Ramp entrance to building and accessible bathrooms at entryway. We encourage people to not wear fragrances and can schedule ASL interpretation by request.
- Computers, printer, and fax
- Gym equipment
- Space to connect with others
- Art room
- Limited Laundry (we can wash but not dry clothes right now, and the washer is in high demand).
- Clothing pantry
Some Bowen Center History
The Bowen Community Center opened in Springfield in May of 2009. Located on the South end of Main Street, it was situated directly between McDonalds and the Housing Advocacy Program (HAP). The center was developed in collaboration with the Wildflower Alliance’s sister community, Leadership, Employment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) and was named after Shelly Bowen, a founding member of the Guiding Council of Western Mass (GCOW) who spoke frequently of having a Wildflower Alliance community center based in Springfield before she passed away in 2008. The center offered a variety of supports, including peer support by phone and in person, a computer lab with four computers, a lending library and a variety of workshops, community meetings and other activities. Above all else, it was intended to create a safe space within which our community can come together, heal, share, support, learn from and strengthen one another.
In fall of 2016 we relocated to our new space at 235 Chestnut Street; only one block away from the Union Station Bus Terminal. We continue to offer all of our past supports and have added a shower, washing machine, clothing donation room. Spanish speaking advocates are available most days. Please see our calendar for more details!
The Bowen Center includes a free Wellness Space to utilize weights, treadmills, spin bikes, and other gym/cardio equipment anytime during our open hours.