Success As We See It

We’ve always known that there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to poverty and homelessness—because no two women’s journeys are the same. And so, of course, how could there be just one definition of success?

At Rosie’s Place—whether organizational or individual, programmatic or personal—we cultivate and celebrate all sorts of triumphs, both big and small.

Success is our Stabilization Team helping to keep 100% of the women in their program in secure housing and good health this year. It is our Food Pantry more than doubling its capacity to meet the dire food needs of our guests and their families throughout this pandemic. Success is our Advocates accommodating 14,000 appointments in 12 months, giving thousands of women the help they require.

On paper, accomplishments such as these are often measured with numbers, benchmarks or goals. But in person, success can be something simply unquantifiable.

Success is in the development of caring relationships—a guest calling to tell us not to worry, that she tested negative for COVID-19. It can be tactile, like the first night sleeping in your own bed, in your own apartment. Or a fresh set of clothes after a hot shower washes away a night spent on the street.

Success can be the feeling of achievement and possibility when a guest writes her resume or completes all her housing applications. Or when a student in our Women’s Education Center writes her first sentence in English.

I hear the sound of success at the end of a long day, when our team claps and cheers, knowing we gave all we could to make our guests' lives better. With you by our side, we strive to provide help and hope, sanctuary and opportunity to every woman we meet—everything she needs to realize her own definition of success.

And that perhaps is the greatest success of our community.

With appreciation,

Leemarie Mosca