What to Expect at Rosie's Place

We’re glad you’re checking out the services at Rosie’s Place and hope you’ll visit us at 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Welcome: When you come into Rosie’s Place for the first time you’ll be greeted by staff at the Front Desk who can help point you in the right direction. Whether you are just looking for a place to sit and rest for a bit or you want some help from one of our Advocates, the Front Desk staff will get you connected. Take A Tour
  • Meals at Rosie’s Place: The Dining Room at Rosie’s Place serves women and their children meals every day. Meals start when the staff opens the doors to the dining room. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served and you don’t need an ID or anything else to eat at Rosie’s Place. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m., lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., and dinner starts at 4:30 p.m.
  • Meeting with an Advocate: If you’d like to meet with an Advocate you can sign up at the Advocacy desk in the lobby. Advocates can help with quick things or complicated things and they speak English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and French. 
  • Overnight: Rosie’s Place has space for 20 women to sleep every night. In order to get one of the open beds, you’ll need to be at the daily lottery. It’s Monday through Friday at 8:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. It’s best to get there 15 minutes early to be sure you don’t miss it. And when you get a bed you can stay for three weeks. So this means that sometimes we have many beds available and sometimes we don’t. If you don’t get a bed, staff will help you look for a bed at other shelters by calling around or giving you information. 

Our guests say that sometimes coming to a new place can be scary or intimidating. To ease your mind, we asked guests at Rosie’s Place what they would tell you if they saw you at the bus stop and you were on your way here for your first time. Here’s their advice:

  • I would say come and check it out for yourself. You’ll be more than welcome. You can come here on your own and have the satisfaction that you’ve done something for yourself. Rosie’s Place is different for each person.” -Cristina
  • I would inform her that Rosie’s Place is a wonderful place for homeless women and women in need of a new beginning in life.” -Carolyn T.
  • “The guests and staff here are kind and sincere. See an advocate to discuss your specific issues/needs and they’ll connect you.” -Sharon 
  • “I get treated with 100% respect when I’m at Rosie’s Place. They do everything they can to accommodate me even though I’m in a wheelchair.” -C. Boswell
  • First, I would say, don’t be afraid to come in if you haven’t been here before. Sometimes we are afraid we’ll be judged or people are aggressive. But you should know that we are all here at the same table. Rosie’s Place is a blessing. All the staff who work here are very capable and do not discriminate against you for any reason, not your reality, country of origin, race, religion, nothing. It’s a great place because you can relieve your hunger with the food pantry or have a meal with you and your young children. Sometimes I walk all the way from Jamaica Plain to get here because the Food Pantry helps me and my kids when we don’t have anything to eat. Rosie’s Place is my life line.” -Teresa
  • “I would tell her that the most dignified and honorable advocacy for the destitute can be found at Rosie’s Place. Any and every issue can be addressed. Rosie’s Place is a precious find in a world where our circumstances made us victims. Rosie’s Place put the light in our hearts, hope in our eyes and a smile on my face.” -JCR
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