John Doherty Runs for Rosie's Place

John Doherty is running the Boston Marathon for Rosie’s Place. John is a longtime volunteer and will take on the challenge of tackling Heartbreak Hill while raising much-needed funds to support the poor and homeless women in our community. Please make a gift today to help him cross the finish line!


“My name is John Doherty and I have been a volunteer at Rosie’s Place with my students for the last four years.  Each year, I continue to be amazed at the work that Rosie’s Place does to provide meals, housing, and services for poor and homeless women and their children.  I am a longtime educator (Superintendent of Schools) for the Reading Public Schools in Reading, Massachusetts and a Reading Rotarian, where 'Service Above Self' is a way of life.  Each year, we bring our student Interact Club to Rosie’s Place to cook and serve meals to hundreds of women and children.  It is always a moving and worthwhile experience where we emphasize that giving back to the greater community should be an important part of our lives.

This is my third marathon and my first Boston Marathon.  I am honored and excited to be running for Rosie’s Place and raising thousands of dollars to help this important organization.

Thank you for your ongoing support and your support as I take on the Boston Marathon on behalf of Rosie’s Place.”

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Rosie's Place
Attn: John Doherty, Boston Marathon
889 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

Rosie’s Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Today, Rosie’s Place not only provides meals and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services. Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding.