Rosie's Place News Summer 2016
Safe and Sound Gala Another Resounding Success
The 2016 Safe and Sound gala, held May 4 at the Black Falcon Terminal, was another record-breaking success, raising more than $550,000 from 250 generous supporters! Attendees enjoyed delicious food from top area chefs and silent and live auctions, with bidding led by terrific co-emcees Susan Wornick and Bill Littlefield. (Look for our fall newsletter for more details and photos.) At the event we shared the story of Norma, a guest who—with our help—has survived great tragedy in her life, including the accidental death of her husband at the hands of law enforcement. View the video.
Collaboration Flourished During First Year in Boston Schools
Over the past year, we have connected with more women than ever before through our latest Community Collaborative at four Boston public elementary schools in nearby Roxbury and Dorchester. Rosie’s Place staff provides on-site housing and job assistance, support and advocacy services to women whose children attend the Kenny, Holmes, Shaw and Blackstone Innovation Schools. We also facilitate groups on health and wellness, nutrition and yoga, and partner with Fresh Truck to provide healthy produce each week. “Our first year was definitely a success,” says School Collaborative Manager Tenisha Daluz. “We have formed relationships with many mothers and families in the community and will keep building those connections.” Read more.
The Glass Castle Author Featured at FWSB Luncheon
Join us for our annual FWSB luncheon, which will bring together 1,700 supporters at the Hynes Convention Center on October 13! We are thrilled to welcome featured speaker Jeannette Walls, whose story of her turbulent and poverty-stricken childhood, The Glass Castle, set a record for the longest time—261 weeks—on the New York Times bestseller list for a memoir. We expect the event to sell out once again, so become part of this inspiring afternoon now by purchasing a ticket or becoming a sponsor.
Longtime Friends Committed to Arts Initiative
Jane Levitt and Patty Simon met more than 30 years ago, when Patty was new to Boston. Over the past three decades they have forged the closest of friendships as they raised their families, worked in their respective fields and dedicated themselves to social action, including a 15-and-counting-year commitment providing arts programming at Rosie’s Place. Patty, who is an artist, and Jane started off creating art with guests and then transitioned to leading weekly creative writing classes about five years ago. “Their soul comes out in the writing,” says Patty. Read their story.
Guests Gain New Skills During Leadership Institute
This summer, nine guests will participate in the Self-Advocacy department’s second Leadership Institute, a public speaking and storytelling training focused on social justice issues. The five-week course, led by public speaking trainer Lani Peterson, helps guests understand how systematic inequality connects to their own personal hardships, and how they can be politically engaged. Guests learn public speaking skills so they can speak confidently to their friends and family, a landlord or doctor, or even legislators. “We hope to give guests the tools to tell their story in order to take action for themselves and others,” says Davida Ginsberg, Self-Advocacy Manager. Graduates of the course have been hired to work in our Women’s Craft Cooperative, attend Public Policy activities and participate in the guest-led advocacy group Sharing Our Voices.
Local Triathloner Racing for Rosie’s Place
Malden athlete Paul McBrine, 63, will be spending the next four months competing in 25 triathlon events up and down the Eastern Seaboard, all to benefit Rosie's Place! According to Paul, he has selected Rosie’s Place as the beneficiary of his efforts because he feels a connection to the homeless people he sees every day in Boston. As well, he and his daughter have both struggled with addiction. “When I run, I’m running for more people than just myself, and that’s what keeps me going,” Paul says. This experienced triathloner has been racing throughout New England since 2005 and is on his way to his 200th race. To help Paul meet his goal of raising $5,000 to support our services for poor and homeless women, make a gift today!
If you are participating in races or rides this summer, please consider making Rosie’s Place your beneficiary. Learn more.
Back-to-School Wish List
As the school year winds down, we are already looking ahead to next fall when students return, many without the school supplies they need to succeed. Rosie’s Place’s Community Collaborative staff connects each week with mothers at Boston public schools, at our satellite office at the Franklin Field public housing development, and on the streets through our Outreach Van. To help make sure their children are ready in September, we are collecting uniform clothing and backpacks filled with supplies. Uniforms are required at the schools we partner with, and we have found that many students have only one set of clothes to last them from week to week and season to season. Our goal is to give 125 students much of what they need for a good start to the year. Learn how you can help!