Because of friends like you, Rosie’s Place can provide hope and unconditional support to women struggling with homelessness and poverty. Over the past year, we:
Completed more than 14,000 visits with guests both on-site and through our Advocacy Helpline to assist guests with housing and job searches, transportation, rent and utility arrearages, health and wellness care, and critical access to recovery and mental health services. Through this work, we prevented eviction for more than 1,172 guests and helped others negotiate with utility companies to restore services or access affordable re-payment plans to avoid shutoff of services.
Served more than 62,000 nutritious meals—a 23% increase from the previous year. Our Dining Room was open 365 days with breakfast, lunch and dinner offered on-site or to-go. Our Food Pantry provided groceries to 350 women each day, triple our pre-pandemic capacity, to accommodate a record 64,000 visits.
Provided safe and welcoming stays to 129 guests—including some extended stays beyond the typical three weeks due to the pandemic—and helped place 27 guests in stable, permanent housing, more than double over last year.
Supported more than 65 newly housed women and women at risk of eviction through regular home
visits and frequent contact with property owners and management companies, keeping 100% of the guests served through the program housed and healthy.
Connected nearly 800 guests to legal aid and resources related to family law, immigration, housing, employment and CORI sealing through in-person visits and our Legal Helpline, including referrals for more than 400 guests to receive extended support.
Embraced hybrid programming with both on-site and remote instruction options, serving 225 students in our Computer Lab, over Zoom, in on-site classes, by phone and through a Cell-Ed phone program, to support English language learning.
Conducted more than 500 job-related visits, placing 24 women in jobs and 5 additional women in job training programs, and aided with resume and cover letter writing, online job searches, completing applications and many other work-related issues.
Worked with more than 60 women, through one-on-one help, assisting guests with recovery and care coordination and promoting harm reduction among women with substance issues.
Advocated for legislation that benefits our guest population and hosted a monthly Public Policy Council meeting with at least 10 guests to strategize how we can amplify our guests’ voices and needs.
- Our Employment Specialist provided 700 sessions assisting guests with job searches and applications, resume writing, and building interview skills. And now, we are also helping guests to navigate unemployment benefits and seek work in new fields.
- Our Housing Stabilization program helped 100% a caseload of 58 guests to remain housed and stable this year and 60 women received regular visits through our Friendly Visitor program.
- Our Wellness Center welcomed 2,500 guest visits for health and medical assistance. We now screen each guest who visits us for COVID-19 symptoms, performing an average of 90 medical screenings daily.
- Through our Public Policy program, 300 women were empowered to learn more about their rights and take actions that foster change on issues that affect poor and homeless women.
Our Programs & Services
- Emergency Support - We offer 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 for health and wellness care.
- Ongoing Support - Multi-lingual Advocates offer one-on-one assistance with short- and long-term issues. Expert help is provided by our Legal Program, Recovery Support Navigator, mental health, employment and housing search specialists. Through our public policy program we engage guests in the fight for social justice. Our Women's Education Center provides women with free ESOL, literacy and computer classes.
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.
- Some of our guests are living with severe health problems or have hidden disabilities such as substance abuse disorder or mental illness.
- Our guests represent a wide variety of ethnic groups, including African-American, Hispanic, Haitian, Chinese, African and white women.
- We offer a safe haven to LGBTQIA+ women and our Overnight Shelter and other services are all available to those in need who self-identify as women.
Our Staff & Leadership
- Rosie's Place employs a staff of 98.
Rosie’s Place’s Board of Directors bring the diverse areas of expertise, perspectives, resources, networks, and ideas that Rosie's Place needs to grow and thrive. Our Board is comprised of 15 members. These individuals are also part of six sub-committees including our Strategic Planning and Governance Committees.