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:

  • Close to 70,000 nutritionally balanced meals were served in our Dining Room, and since the pandemic, we serve 170 meals each day for guests to enjoy at a social distance or take to-go. Groceries are provided to 250 women each day through our Food Pantry, twice the number served before the pandemic.
  • More than 200 women stayed in our Overnight Shelter, and since March, we extended indefinitely the stays of the 20 women sheltering with us to ensure their health and safety.
  • 14,000 appointments in- person prior to the pandemic and now by phone to help guests with housing and job search, wellness care, funds for back rent and utilities, and transportation.
  • 2,200 appointments were provided on-site by our School Collaborative to help mothers with children in Boston Public Schools with housing search and support, food resources, and wraparound services. 1,000  appointments were made by our Court Collaborative at local trial courts to assist guests with eviction prevention, public benefit eligibility, and food and utility assistance. Since the onset of the pandemic, School Collaborative advocacy is being conducted remotely via the Advocacy Helpline.
  • More than 1,000 legal consultations with guests prior to the coronavirus outbreak on housing, family, immigration, employment, debt, and benefit matters. Since then, we have made more than 200 appointments by phone.
  • 700 sessions assisting guests with job searches and applications, resume writing, and building interview skills. And now, we are also helping guests to navigate unemployment benefits and seek work in new fields.

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