At A Glance
With the help of people who believe change is possible and share our vision of justice, Rosie’s Place accomplished the following in FY15:
- We served over 100,000 nutritionally-balanced breakfasts, lunches and dinners in our warm and cheery Dining Room.
- Rosie's Place Groceries enabled 1,900 women per month to take home 20 to 40 pounds of foods that their families prefer and enjoy.
- Rosie’s Place’s Advocacy staff scheduled close to 1,100 appointments with guests each month. Advocates assist with housing, educational and employment opportunities, clothing, wellness care, transportation and emergency funds for eviction prevention and medications.
- Approximately 300 women found sanctuary in our emergency housing, while advocates worked with them to find permanent homes and services they needed.
- Our Outreach program worked to break the cycle of chronic homelessness by providing in-home support to 120 guests who were at risk of becoming homeless.
- Our Outreach Van provided services and support Monday-Friday evenings to as many as 500 women per month on the streets of Boston.
- The Women’s Education Center provided 350 women each semester with an opportunity to improve skills and increase self-sufficiency through free English as a Second or Other Language, Computer and Literacy classes and one-on-one tutoring.
- Our Health and Wellness Center provided 6,000 guest visits for blood pressure and blood sugar screenings; assessment of health problems such as colds and flu; chiropractic and alternative interventions; and immunizations.
- Our Legal program provided more than 650 consultations with attorneys, who can help guests with housing, family, immigration, employment, debt and benefit matters.
- 1,500 women participated in a variety of workshops, classes and field trips through our art@rosiesplace program.
- Our Friendly Visitor program offered companionship, conversation and support to women at local shelters and nursing homes who cannot come to Rosie’s Place.
Our Staff and Volunteers
- Our staff is comprised of 57 full-time and 21 part-time employees.
- Volunteers provided nearly 60,000 hours of service, the equivalent of 30 full-time employees.
Our Programs and Services
- Emergency Services - We offer free meals, 365 days a year; a food pantry with non-perishable items and fresh produce; showers, laundry and lockers; overnight beds for up to 21 days; and providers who offer health and wellness care.
- Opportunity - Women can take English as a Second or Other Language and Literacy classes in our education center; receive assistance with job and housing searches; and find employment creating gift items and jewelry in our social enterprise, the Women's Craft Cooperative.
- Advocacy and Empowerment - Multi-lingual Advocates assist women with short- and long-term issues, and guests are encouraged to participate in our diverse arts program and in self-advocacy activities, which can empower them to be their own best advocates.
- Outreach - We stay connected with Rosie's Place guests and the extended community by providing ongoing follow-up to newly-housed guests, arranging regular home visits to isolated women and bringing needed items and resources to women on the street through our Outreach Van.
Who We Serve
- Many of the women we assist are working but simply can’t make ends meet.
- Some are newly homeless, while other women have been living on the streets for years.
- We serve women as young as age 18 and as old as 80.
- Approximately one-third of our guests are accompanied by children.
- Our guests are from a wide variety of ethnic groups, with the majority being African American, Hispanic and Haitian.
- Some of our guests are living with severe health problems or have hidden disabilities such as addiction or mental illness.