All In a Day at Rosie's Place
Another day in this global pandemic begins, and the streets of Boston are quiet. But that’s not the case at 889 Harrison Avenue.
It is 7:00 a.m. and the long line of homeless women waiting to come inside Rosie’s Place extends into our parking lot. They stand at markers set six feet apart–cold and tired–and are looking forward to their first cup of coffee. At the door, they are medically screened by the team from Health Care Without Walls, one of our longtime Wellness Center partners. With their expertise, we are able to refer women needing attention to medical services nearby for testing or treatment.
Once inside, our guests are provided with a face mask and move to our Dining Room for a light breakfast and a quiet place to rest. Physical distancing is practiced everywhere at Rosie’s Place; here, guests are comforted to know they have a table to themselves to maintain a safe space. Many women will take a shower; others will watch a movie in our Sitting Room, read one of the books in our takeaway library or seek help with the many uncertainties they face. Later, lunch and dinner will be available, to eat on-site or provided to go. By the time we close our doors, we will – thanks to you –have delivered essential emergency services to close to 200 homeless women with nowhere else to turn.
We also provide critical help to women who do have homes, but are struggling to stay safely within them. Outside our building we distribute fresh and non-perishable groceries, helping to stretch perilously thin food budgets for an average of 120 women daily who are feeding more than 350 household members. We also stay connected to women at home through our Advocacy Help Line and through check-ins with the guests in our Housing Stabilization program. Their isolation is especially difficult now, and we are having round the clock conversations to offer support in any way we can and sometimes – just to listen. Being there for our guests drives all we do; it is what motivates us –day in and day out –to constantly adapt to remain open and responsive to women who depend on us when so much else is falling away.
And it is your encouragement, your generous support, your confidence in our work that carries us through this challenging time. We are all profoundly grateful for the warm embrace of our Rosie’s Place community. Thank you.