Why Give to Rosie's Place?

Your Gift Matters

Since our doors opened in 1974, our work has impacted the lives of more than half a million women. We know that there’s no single cause of poverty and homelessness and consequently, there’s no single cure-all. That’s why at Rosie’s Place, we offer a spectrum of services to our guests.

It’s not only what Rosie’s Place is that makes us extraordinary—it’s also what we’re not.  

We’re not an institution—but a sanctuary. Not an intake center—but a community center. And we’re not just a shelter. We’re bustling classrooms, an encouraging friend, a helpful resource, a welcoming Dining Room, a hot shower, a food pantry and so much more. When poor and homeless women come to Rosie’s Place, they’re not numbers or forms to fill out. They are familiar names and faces. They are our guests.  

Rosie’s Place is able to provide services in its own unique way largely because we are always true to our mission and to our values. We do not accept any support from the city, state or federal governments. We rely solely on the generosity of our donors to allow us to serve women in the best and most appropriate way. Our work would not be possible without you.

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Your Gift's Impact

Every donation to Rosie’s Place supports our vital programs and services. Here is how your gift directly impacts the lives of our guests. Last year, thanks to you:

  • We served over 104,000 nutritionally-balanced breakfasts, lunches and dinners in our warm and cheery dining room.
  • Our food pantry enabled 2,000 women per month to take home 20 to 40 pounds of foods that their families prefer and enjoy.
  • The Women’s Education Center provided 400 women with an opportunity to improve skills and increase self-sufficiency through free English, literacy, and computer classes and job counseling.
  • Rosie’s Place’s Advocacy staff scheduled more than 1,300 appointments with guests each month. Advocates assist with housing, educational and employment opportunities, clothing, wellness care, transportation and emergency funds for eviction prevention and medications.
  • Our Legal Program provided more than 1,500 consultations with attorneys who help guests with housing, family, immigration, employment, debt and benefit matters.
  • In the community, we provided 2,900 visits in 50 Boston Public Schools and 1,300 appointments at the Franklin Field public housing development to provide on-site outreach, food access, and advocacy.
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