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 FY13:
- We served 80,000 nutritionally balanced meals in our warm and cheery Dining Room.
- In our Food Pantry, more than 1,900 women per month take home 20 to 40 pounds of foods that their families prefer and enjoy.
- Rosie’s Place’s Advocates met with guests for a total of more than 1,000 appointments each month. Assistance included clothing, housing, medical services, educational and employment opportunities, legal advice, transportation, and emergency funds for eviction prevention, utility arrearages and prescriptions.
- 216 women found safety and nurturing in our emergency overnight shelter.
- Our Outreach program worked to break the cycle of chronic homelessness by providing in-home support to 70 guests who were at risk of losing their housing.
- Our Outreach Van provided services and support to as many as 340 women each month living on the streets.
- The Women’s Education Center provided 314 women each semester with an opportunity to improve skills and increase self-sufficiency. We offered free English as a Second or Other Language, Computer and Literacy courses all within our familiar and supportive environment.
- This year, our Health and Wellness Center provided 6,600 visits and provided important services such as blood pressure checks, blood sugar measurements, weight monitoring and dispensing bandages and aspirin.
- Almost 2,000 women participated in our art@rosiesplace program, which provided the opportunity for our guests to participate in a variety of classes and workshops, such as knitting, quilting and dance.
- The Women’s Craft Cooperative, a successful social enterprise, employed nine women for their handcrafted work while providing critical job readiness skills.
- Our Friendly Visitor program offered companionship, conversation and support to women at local shelters and nursing homes who cannot come to Rosie’s Place.
Our Staff and Volunteers
- Our staff is comprised of 50 full-time and 28 part-time employees.
- Volunteers provided nearly 65,000 hours of service. This is the equivalent of 32 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 and Literacy classes in our education center; receive assistance with job and housing searches; and find employment creating gift items and jewelry in our social enterprise, the Women's Craft Cooperative.
- Advocacy and Empowerment - Multi-lingual Advocates assist women with short- and long-term issues, and assist guests are encouraged to participate in self-advocacy activities, which can empower them to be their own best advocates, and our diverse arts program.
- Outreach - We stay connected with Rosie's Place guests and the extended community by providing ongoing follow-up to newly-housed guests, arranging regular home visits to isolated women, and bringing needed items and resources to women on the street through our Outreach Van.
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.