Rosie's Place, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

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Rosie’s Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States, with a mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Today, Rosie’s Place not only provides meals and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services. Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding. To learn more about Rosie's Place visit  


Rosie's Place has established a tradition of innovation and creativity and offers a variety of critical services to assist poor and homeless women and their children:  

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING:  Each night, twenty women find safety and comfort in our Overnight Program, while advocates work with them to find permanent homes.

HUNGER ASSISTANCE: 8,100 nutritionally balanced meals are served each month in our cheery dining room, where women not only share lunch and dinner, but also learn about other opportunities, meet our advocates, and gain access to a variety of services, such as legal advocates, housing specialists and job search specialists. Special artistic and educational enrichment activities are offered in the dining room for children. In addition, Rosie's Place Groceries provides 800 families each month with free, nutritious foods.  

ADVOCACY SERVICES and links to a range of social and community programs including mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, medical care, housing search, income assistance and more.  

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT opportunities, include the Women's Craft Cooperative, the Food Cooperative, and access to job training and educational programs through the Sawyer Scholar Fund. 

OUTREACH AND STABILITY:  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.  

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Organization name

Rosie's Place, Inc.

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889 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118


(617) 442-9322

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