Rosie's Place Inc

Boston, MA   |  www.rosiesplace.org

Mission

The mission of Rosie's Place is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
 
We seek to fulfill this mission through the expression of our core values: Welcoming; Unconditional love; Fair and non-judgmental treatment; Encouragement; Holistic approach; Alleviation of suffering; Truth; Pursuit of social justice; and Independence.

Ruling year info

1976

President/CEO

Ms. Leemarie Mosca

Main address

889 Harrison Avenue

Boston, MA 02118 USA

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EIN

04-2582187

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Food Programs

Serving a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, and offering assistance with groceries—the Food Programs at Rosie’s Place are longstanding and vital nutritional and financial supplements for our guests. Our Dining Room serves a tasty and nourishing meal—365 days a year—to up to 300 women and their children each day.

This year, Rosie’s Place’s Dining Room anticipates serving approximately 100,000 nutritionally balanced meals.  We don’t require our guests to line up and wait to receive their meals. Instead, volunteers and dining room staff act as waiters and waitresses to serve them restaurant-style—as our guests. Because any of our guests work during our Dining Room’s meal times and/or have families who are hungry, too, we offer Rosie’s Place Groceries. Through this program, we will welcome 1,900 women each month into our pantry to “shop” among our shelves.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Rosie’s Place Advocacy program’s assistance may include housing, health and wellness care, educational and employment opportunities, clothing, legal advice, transportation, and emergency funds for eviction prevention and prescriptions. Rosie’s Place employs seven full-time advocates and two part-time advocates, five of whom are fluent in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, or French.
Whether a guest needs urgent assistance or long-term help with a complicated issue—our Advocates will be there for her. Unlike the advocacy services of state-run agencies—at Rosie’s Place, our guests don’t need to worry about eligibility or the expiration of benefits. Our Advocates never put any limits or conditions on their time or assistance. And accordingly, they do not dictate solutions, but rather work collaboratively to identify possible solutions to the tough challenges faced.

Population(s) Served

In an effort to help our guests find security and stability in their living situations, Rosie’s Place offers emergency housing. Our Overnight program provides emergency shelter on-site for 20 women. While many of the guests in this program come directly from sleeping on the streets, other guests are escaping an abusive relationship or are newly evicted. Guests staying in this program are able to work with our Housing Search Specialist who partners with them to overcome hurdles such as past evictions or criminal records.Unlike most shelters that require their guests to leave each morning—our program allows women to stay for three weeks, or more if needed. This precious constancy allows our guests to stop trying to figure out stop-gap measures of where they will spend each night and focus on long-term solutions. Our Overnight shelter is consistently at capacity and last year, more than 300 women used this service.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Rosie’s Place’s Women’s Education program truly meets our guests where they are—and gives them the opportunity to learn, achieve and go anywhere they choose. Our classes are not only financially accessible, but they are academically accessible, too. Students are not required to pass any tests to enroll and they
are able to create their own timeline for progressing through our language levels.

Last year, our staff of 80 volunteer teachers provided 350 students each semester with free ESOL, Literacy and Technology classes—conveniently offering morning, afternoon and evening schedules.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

We build long-term support and solutions for our guests who struggle with maintaining housing. Our stabilization workers visit each woman in her home and develop a support system that might include referrals for mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, job placement, housing supports and health care. Our Community Collaborative program aims to provide resources to underserved communities of women in the Boston area. Our School Collaborative partners with over 50 schools where we give out groceries and offer advocacy, legal counsel and job search assistance to the mothers of children attending these schools. Our Court Collaborative partners with city trial courts to help poor women with evictions and other urgent crises, to understand the court process while also helping them with critical needs. Our Friendly Visitor program connects volunteers with women who are isolated and alone, living in nursing homes, hospitals or home-bound, unable to come to Rosie's Place.

Population(s) Served

We provide holistic legal services in a warm, caring and compassionate manner, while engaging and learning from our guests to continuously improve our advice and support within the legal system.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Incarcerated people

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Founded by Kip Tiernan in 1974, Rosie’s Place is the first emergency shelter for women in the United States. With myriad programs offering help and hope to thousands of guests each year, we have become much more than a shelter. Our mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for poor and homeless women to maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.  It’s not only what Rosie’s Place is that makes us extraordinary—it’s also what we’re not. We’re not an institution—but a sanctuary. Not an intake center—but a community center. And we’re not just a shelter. We’re bustling classrooms, an encouraging friend, a helpful resource, a welcoming Dining Room, a hot shower, a choice food pantry and so much more. When poor and homeless women come to Rosie’s Place—they’re not numbers or forms to fill out. They are familiar names and faces. They are our guests. At Rosie’s Place, it’s not only what we do—but how we do it—that sets us apart. For more than forty years, Rosie’s Place has worked to recognize the overlooked and remedy the underserved women in our community. We strive to offer our guests support and opportunities that are thoughtful, respectful and ultimately, make a difference. Every day at Rosie’s Place we welcome hundreds of poor and homeless women and offer them unconditional love, sanctuary and opportunity.

Over the decades—through economic busts, budget cuts and funding shortfalls—Rosie’s Place has endured and evolved. We have always known that there is not one face of poverty, and of course, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Consequently, we are constantly self-evaluating and expanding to better meet the changing needs of our guests. As the significant issues facing our guests have changed, so have we—consistently assessing and improving our programs and services. Our ability to stay abreast of these issues is through the development and implementation of our multi-year strategic plans. In order to not be setback, or surprised by a need of our guests, we at Rosie’s Place strive to be proactive and progressive by remaining true to our mission and growing our programs and capacities to best meet our guest needs. We believe that in this way, we can be most effective in helping poor and homeless women find not only sanctuary—but stability and opportunity as well.

As Rosie’s Place’s services have evolved and expanded, we continue to believe that Rosie’s Place’s physical space sets the stage to best serve our guests. Whether it is a relaxing chair to sit in while waiting for an advocate, a comfortable room to sleep in for the night or eating off real dishes in our dining room, each space at Rosie’s Place is set up to serve our guests in the most respectful and dignified way imaginable.  Rosie's Place's programs are successful because we are well-known in the community and located in an area of tremendous need. Our proximity to numerous subsidized housing projects, the neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester, and Boston University Medical Center makes it accessible for our guests to take advantage of our many services.  Rosie’s Place’s ability to provide services in its own unique way relies on the fact that we only accept private donations. We do not receive any support from the city, state, or federal governments, nor from the United Way. Rosie’s Place will continue to endure and evolve because of our strong leadership, our committed and compassionate staff and our thousands of generous volunteers and supporters.

Every day, 365 days-a-year, Rosie’s Place put the words of our mission into action, offering “a safe and secure environment for poor and homeless women to maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.” While we have accomplished much and helped many since 1974, we know our work will continue as long as there are poor and homeless women needing the unconditional help and hope Rosie’s Place can give them.

How we listen

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Financials

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Rosie's Place Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jacquie Anderson

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Cherise Bransfield

Lynn Kaplan

Horizon Financial Group

Michele May

Retired CFO Bain Capital

Isabelle Stillger

Marketing Consultant

Kelly Race

Human Resources Consultant

Deborah Pasculano

Fundraiser

Jenaro Cardona-Fox

North Ground Capital

Nancy Leaming

Retired Health Insurance Executive

Jacquie Anderson

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Joseph Kringdon

Kringdon & Associates/HMC

Ann Milner

Ropes & Gray, LLP

Mari Perez Alers

Uphams Corner Health Center

Jason Hwang

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

Tracy Brown

Community College of Rhode Island

Cherise Bransfield

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2021

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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