Social Justice Institute

High school students can make a difference in the summer! Students in the Social Justice Institute at Rosie’s Place earn community service hours and learn more about social justice issues while providing much-needed volunteer service to the poor and homeless women at Rosie’s Place. 

We have filled our Summer 2018 Social Justice Institute openings. Thank you for your interest and check back again next spring if you wish to apply for summer 2019.


  • High school students ages 16-18
  • Volunteer for any 12 shifts serving lunch or dinner in our Dining Room or assisting guests in our Food Pantry
  • Attend a day long social justice training as well as an educational seminar about issues facing our guests
  • Complete a self-guided service project and reflection paper
  • Shifts in July and August. Shifts are offered 7 days a week during morning, afternoon and evening hours.


  • Help people in need and learn about issues affecting your community
  • Complete high school community service requirements during times that work for you
  • Gain volunteer experience to include on college applications
  • Receive a certificate of completion and a reference letter detailing your service 

For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions here.

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“From Rosie’s Place… I’ve come to realize that social justice is not just about treating people equally, it’s also about showing people the kindness, compassion, and respect they deserve…[Guests] face a day with no one showing them respect because they’re homeless, or no one sending a smile their way. Rosie’s Place shows the women that they matter and deserve kindness.”


"...this experience has put actual faces, hundreds of them, on the sometimes-abstract words 'homelessness' and 'scarcity.' It has humanized the people who are systematically dehumanized. When I start to feel distant from issues of scarcity or talk about social justice in lofty or abstract terms, this will be my anchor to bring me back to the actual people who struggle under these burdens on a daily basis and whose short and long-term needs Rosie’s Place is struggling, but always striving, to meet. I am thankful to Rosie’s Place and its guests for taking me into the learning zone, in which I received, and participated in, vital lessons in patience, compassion, and humanity."