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Welcome to Rosie's Place

Welcome to Rosie's Place

Welcome to Rosie’s Place! Founded by Kip Tiernan in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States, we provide a safe and nurturing environment for every woman who comes to our door, and we help her take the next step on her journey to security, dignity and opportunity.

Essential Services

Essential Services

Women living on the street know that they can come to Rosie’s Place to launder their clothes, take a shower, use a telephone or store their belongings in a locker, all free of charge.

Meals

Meals

Every day an average of 220 poor and homeless women and their children can count on having a healthy lunch and dinner in our bright and welcoming Dining Room. Another 60 women enjoy breakfast Monday through Friday.

Groceries

Groceries

An average of 1,900 women each month “shop” free of charge among shelves set up like a grocery store at our food pantry and leave with 20-40 pounds of healthy food for their families.

Overnight Shelter

Overnight Shelter

The Overnight Program is open every day for a total of 470 stays a year, giving guests a warm, safe bed, three meals a day and enough time to get their footing so they can start to plan what comes next.

Women’s Education Center

Women’s Education Center

We give 350 women each semester 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.

Advocacy

Advocacy

Whether a woman needs urgent assistance or long-term help, our Advocates work one-on-one with guests to help them address the challenges in their lives. We also help coordinate medical care and housing search services delivered on site by our partner agencies.

Wellness

Wellness

The Wellness Center, staffed with volunteer doctors and nurses as well as alternative health practitioners, is open Monday through Friday and provides 6,000 visits to women each year.

Outreach

Outreach

We help guests stabilize their living situation by providing ongoing follow-up to newly-housed guests, arranging home visits to isolated women and bringing needed items and resources to women on the street through our Outreach Van. We connect with women in the community through a satellite office at Franklin Field and collaborations with Boston Public Schools and Massachusetts Trial Courts.

Self-Advocacy

Self-Advocacy

Self-Advocacy gives poor women the necessary tools, information and encouragement to help them be more able to make informed decisions, to become more in control of their choices and lives and ultimately to be their own best advocate.

Women’s Craft Cooperative

Women’s Craft Cooperative

Since 1996, the Women’s Craft Cooperative has been providing part-time, paid work to guests, who create one-of-a-kind jewelry and gift items.

Public Policy

Public Policy

Our Public Policy Program not only advocates with state policy officials, but also works to engage guests in the democratic process on issues that directly affect their lives through electoral and advocacy activities.

Please Join Us

Please Join Us

We are happy to have introduced you to Rosie's Place. Our commitment to serve our guests with respect and unconditional love can only be realized thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and supporters.
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