Rosie's Place News  Summer 2017


Muqeedah's Story

We first met Muqeedah in our parking lot two years ago, homeless and sleeping in her car. With your support, we were able to provide her with shelter and job and housing assistance, and link her to mental health care. Today, Muqeedah has a new home and new career. Watch her journey from homelessness to hope here.


Franklin Field Satellite Office Brings Fresh Produce to Residents

Three years ago we launched our Community Collaborative at the Franklin Field public housing development in Dorchester to bring services to some of the poorest women in Boston. We quickly learned of an unmet need for healthy, fresh food. According to program manager Catherine Louis, “Women were looking for nutritious food that was reasonably priced, but there were no big supermarkets nearby.” About a year ago we partnered with Fresh Truck, a year-round mobile grocery store bringing affordable produce to the same place, at the same time, every week, for families who need it most. Read More.


Funny Women…Serious Business Luncheon Set

for October 24

Join us for our annual Funny Women…Serious Business luncheon at the Hynes Convention Center on October 24! This year’s featured speaker is Loung Ung, author of the best-seller First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers; peace activist; and co-writer of a Netflix film due this fall, based on her memoir and directed by Angelina Jolie. We expect another sold-out event so purchase a ticket or become a sponsor today.


Education Center Students Publish Second Book of Writing

Powerful Voices, a collection of writings from 102 ESOL students in our Women’s Education Center, was published last month. Volunteer teachers and writers worked with our guests at our Writing Café during the month of January to create first drafts, and students polished their pieces over the spring semester. Francisca was one of our authors, and you can see her story here. This book, as well as last year’s collection, My Dreams, was made possible by a generous donation from Bridgeport Bindery, Inc.


Guests Count on Rosie's Place All Year Long

As our fiscal year ends, we thank you, our friends, for your ongoing support of Rosie’s Place. Throughout this year of change, our guests knew that they could always count on us–and that’s because we have been able to count on you. Please help us ensure that we can continue to provide essential services to the thousands of women who walk through our doors. They depend on us just as much during the summer months, and your gift is essential in enabling Rosie’s Place to help poor and homeless women live independent, fulfilling lives. Thank you.


Back-to-School Wish List

Rosie’s Place’s Community Collaborative staff connects each week with mothers at Boston Public Schools, at our satellite office at Franklin Field and at local court houses. To help make sure their children are ready for September, we are collecting backpacks filled with supplies and uniform clothing. 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 what they need for a good start to the year. Learn how you can help!