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.
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.
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.
An average of 1,800 women each month “shop” free of charge among shelves set up like a grocery store at Rosie’s Place Groceries and leave with 20-40 pounds of healthy food for their families.
The Overnight Program is open every day for a total of 320 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We help guests stabilize their living situation by offering those who are newly-housed long-term support and assistance through monthly visits to their homes. We also recruit Friendly Visitors to engage women at home and we bring needed items and resources to women not yet ready to come indoors through our Outreach Van. We also connect with women in the community at the Franklin Field housing development and four Boston public schools.
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.
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.