Serving Smiles in Our Dining Room

At Rosie’s Place, we know that access to nutritious food is vital to the health and well-being of the women we serve. And now, with the risk of contracting COVID-19 especially high among vulnerable, homeless women, it is even more important that our doors are open every day with hearty, healthy meals for our guests.

Yet it’s more than the food that draws women to our Dining Room–it’s the spirit of community and unconditional love that they find here. To engage women spending the day with us, we play music and show movies. We provide art supplies and books to take away. We offer yoga sessions and organize bingo games. And, as always, our staff is here for guests with friendly conversation and support. We strive to provide sustenance not just for the body, but also for the soul.

Domingas Colston, our Food Program Shift Coordinator, is one member of our team whose good cheer helps make our Dining Room a place of welcome, respite and peace.

Whether she’s working to prepare meals or talking with guests as they enjoy those meals, Domingas is almost always smiling or about to make you smile.

Domingas came to Boston from Angola more than 20 years ago, looking for new opportunities. Once here, she –remarkably–taught herself English and found work in an organization that serves homeless people. Lucky for us, this passion to help others led her to Rosie’s Place in 2016. She told me:

I chose the work I did because it’s important to me that I feel my job has value. When I came to America, I was all alone. Many people helped me get my feet on the ground. I got so much. I want to give back.

While social distancing has changed the look of our Dining Room, the food still tastes great and the warm spirit remains. Domingas and her teammates make sure of it.

Now, more than ever, the connection we provide to our community of caring is critical for our guests. Because of your generosity, they know they can turn to and count on Rosie’s Place when so much else in their lives is uncertain. Thank you for helping us to continue nourishing our guests–in both body and soul.

With appreciation,

Leemarie Mosca