At A Glance
With the help of people who believe change is possible and share our vision of justice, Rosie’s Place accomplished the following in FY19:
- We served over 104,000 nutritionally-balanced breakfasts, lunches and dinners in our warm and cheery Dining Room.
- Our food pantry enabled 2,000 women per month to take home 20 to 40 pounds of foods that their families prefer and enjoy.
- Rosie’s Place’s Advocacy staff scheduled more than 15,000 appointments with guests. Advocates assist with housing, educational and employment opportunities, clothing, wellness care, transportation and emergency funds for eviction prevention and medications.
- Approximately 300 women found sanctuary in our emergency housing, while advocates worked with them to find permanent homes and services they needed.
- Our Housing Stabilization program worked to break the cycle of chronic homelessness. 98% of guests receiving monthly in-home support are able to stay housed and break the cycle of homelessness.
- The Women’s Education Center provided 400 women a year with an opportunity to improve skills and increase self-sufficiency through free English as a Second or Other Language, Computer and Literacy classes and job counseling.
- Our Health and Wellness Center saw 15 guests a day for blood pressure and blood sugar screenings; assessment of health problems such as colds and flu; chiropractic and alternative interventions; and immunizations.
- Our Legal program provided more than 1,100 consultations with attorneys, who can help guests with housing, family, immigration, employment, debt and benefit matters.
- Our Friendly Visitor program offered companionship, conversation and support to 21 women at local shelters and nursing homes who cannot come to Rosie’s Place.
- At our satellite office at Franklin Field public housing development, over 5,000 residents participate in Rosie’s Place-led activities each year. We offer advocacy, outreach, legal and job assistance, support groups and food pantry to families in one of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods.
- We provide 2,900 visits in 50 Boston schools to assist mothers with on-site outreach, housing assistance, food pantry and advocacy services.
- The Public Policy program empowers 200 women each year to learn more about their rights and to take action that fosters change on issues that affect poor and homeless women.
- We provide capable, effective and compassionate advocacy and support to women who come to various Massachusetts courthouses. The program has helped over 750 women in nine trial courts through one-on-one advocacy.
Our Staff and Volunteers
- Our staff is comprised of 79 full and part-time employees.
- Volunteers provided more than 60,000 hours of service, the equivalent of 30 full-time employees.
Our Programs and Services
- Emergency Services - We offer free meals 365 days a year; a food pantry with non-perishable items and fresh produce; showers, laundry and lockers; overnight beds for up to 21 days; and providers who offer health and wellness care.
- Opportunity - Women can take English as a Second or Other Language, Literacy and computer classes in our education center and find assistance with job and housing searches.
- Advocacy and Empowerment - Multi-lingual Advocates assist women with short- and long-term issues; attorneys provide holistic legal services; and guests are encouraged to participate in our diverse arts program and public policy activities, which can empower them to be their own best advocates.
- Outreach - We stay connected to guests by providing ongoing follow-up to newly-housed guests and arranging home visits to isolated women. We reach women beyond our walls through a satellite office at Franklin Field and collaborations with Boston Public Schools and Massachusetts Trial Courts.
Who We Serve
- Many of the women we assist are working but simply can’t make ends meet.
- Some are newly homeless, while other women have been living on the streets for years.
- We serve women as young as age 18 and as old as 80.
- Approximately one-third of our guests are accompanied by children.
- Our guests are from a wide variety of ethnic groups, with the majority being African American, Hispanic and Haitian.
- Some of our guests are living with severe health problems or have hidden disabilities such as addiction or mental illness.