Rosie’s Place's doors have remained open throughout the pandemic. And while the ways we provide emergency and support services had to be adapted, we are proud that they were delivered with the same unconditional love that is the hallmark of our work. In FY2021, with the help of people who believe change is possible and share our vision of justice, we accomplished so much:
Our Advocates accommodated 19,000 visits both onsite and through a new Call Center to help guests with housing and job searches, transportation, rent and utility arrearages, health and wellness care, and critical access to recovery and mental health services.
Our Advocates helped 3,128 women remain housed and avoid eviction, a 72% increase since the start of the pandemic.
Open 365 days for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, our Dining Room served more than 50,000 nutritious meals both on-site and to-go.
Groceries were provided to 250 women each day through our Food Pantry, double our pre-pandemic capacity, to help feed the more than 700 members of their households. We ccommodated a record 39,000 visits.
We extended the stays of the 21 guests staying in our Overnight Shelter beyond the typical three weeks so that they could be safe and secure during the pandemic. 62% of the women who stayed with us were placed in stable, permanent housing.
Our Housing Stabilization team met with women in their homes and in the community to provide support and prevent eviction. All 60 guests served through this intensive stabilization program remained housed and healthy throughout this most difficult year.
Our Legal program consulted with almost 800 guests through our new Legal Helpline, assisting women with issues surrounding housing, family, immigration, employment, debt, and benefit matters during the pandemic.
Through our Women’s Education Center, 130 students engaged in ESOL learning opportunities with remote classes, app-based curriculum, and one-on-one teaching calls, enabling them to safely continue their studies during the pandemic.
During a time of unprecedented job loss, our Employment Specialist provided 255 appointments, assisting guests with job search, skill building, obtaining certifications, and navigating unemployment benefits.
Our Wellness Center conducted on-site COVID-19 symptom screening with nearly 12,000 guests, provided both emergency and surveillance testing throughout the pandemic, and offered access to vaccines for our guests.
Our Public Policy program engaged 500 guests and community members in reaching out to their legislators to advocate for issues affecting our guests. By bringing census workers to Rosie’s Place, a record 633 women were counted in the 2020 Census.
- 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
- Our staff is comprised of 66 full-time and 6 part-time employees.
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 14 members. These individuals are also part of ten sub-committees including our Strategic Planning and Equity/Inclusion Committees.