Our Women’s Education Center offers free English as a Second or Other Language, literacy and computer courses, with a customized curriculum that serves the practical and vital needs of our students.

The Women’s Education Center at Rosie’s Place provides free classes for adult women who are poor and homeless in a compassionate and nurturing environment. Each semester, 350 non-traditional students begin their journey with weekly: 


  • language (ESOL) classes 
  • computer and iPad classes
  • employment workshops


Each course is an intimate experience shared among no more than eight students.  

Our 170 volunteer teachers and substitutes are trained by certified staff members to teach classes focused on improving students’ real-life communication skills. These courses fill a gap for non-traditional students who need specific skills from Boston ESOL classes.

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