WBZ Cares

WBZ Cares is our public service initiative focused on local non-profit entities, events, and causes. Each month WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will select an organization to profile.

Through news stories, public service announcements and guest appearances on NightSide with Dan Rea, we will show the hard work and dedication of our local charities.

WBZ NewsRadio has been a trusted voice in New England for more than 90 years and we would like to work with our listeners to improve the lives of New Englanders in need.

If you would like your charity to be considered, please send us an email.

THIS MONTH'S CHARITY

Rosie’s Place (Photo Credit: Rosie’s Place/Facebook)

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is proud to support Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women that offers both emergency and long-term assistance to women who have nowhere else to turn. Established in 1974, Rosie’s Place is committed to welcoming each guest with respect and unconditional love. Rosie’s Place accepts no government funds, and relies instead on committed volunteers and private supporters to accomplish its effective and innovative work.

ABOUT ROSIE’S PLACE

Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.

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. Thanks to these donations, 85 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to services for poor and homeless women.

THEIR PROGRAMS

FOOD SERVICES

Dining Room

Every day an average of 220 poor and homeless women and their children can count on having a healthy lunch and dinner in their bright and welcoming Dining Room. Another 60 women enjoy breakfast Monday through Friday and brunch on weekends.

Unlike other places, they don’t require their guests to line up and wait to receive their meals. Volunteers and dining room staff act as waiters and waitresses to serve all at the table, just as you would a guest in your own home. For many of the diners, it well may be the only respite in their day.

Food Pantry

An average of 2,000 women visit their Food Pantry each month and leave with 20-40 pounds of healthy food for their families. While many pantries distribute pre-bagged groceries, their guests “shop” free of charge among shelves set up like a grocery store, choosing which items they would like from juices, grains, canned goods and more. They also offer meats and dairy products. And thanks to relationships with local farms, they can also offer women a wide selection of seasonal, nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables year-round.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES

Women are welcomed in from the streets and invited to rest, regroup and spend time in a safe place.

Many women come to Rosie’s Place for services that may be considered basic but are nonetheless important to enhancing their self-esteem. Women living on the street know that they can count on us for a place to launder their clothes, take a shower, store their belongings in a locker or rest in their Sitting Room, all free of charge. They also provide guests with lifelines like a mailing address and use of computers and phones. Last year, Rosie’s Place provided 8,638 showers, 1,750 loads of laundry, 10,705 phone uses and 12,341 computer uses.

OVERNIGHT SHELTER

Rather than requiring their guests to leave each morning, they allow women to stay longer, providing much-needed time to find some stability and focus on long-term solutions.

Rosie’s Place Overnight Program provides emergency shelter to 20 women for up to 21 days at a time.

The Overnight Program is open 365 days a year to give a woman a warm, safe bed, three meals a day and enough time to get her footing so she can best make a plan for what comes next. Last year, nearly 300 guests found sanctuary at Rosie’s Place.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

They strive to make life easier for guests with medical needs by making basic health care available on-site at their Wellness Center.

The Wellness Center at Rosie's Place provides an opportunity for women to receive sound health and medical assistance under our roof. Rosie’s Place partners with a wide variety of community-based health agencies including Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Boston University School of Dental Medicine, New England Eye Institute, Regis College graduate nursing program, and Health Care Without Walls to offer services such as blood pressure and blood sugar checks, strep tests, HIV testing, physicals necessary to get a disability pass from the MBTA, or assistance with entering a detox program.

They also welcome regular visits from volunteer acupuncturists and chiropractors and host a weekly Alcoholics Anonymous group, as well as regular physical therapy sessions.

Last year, nearly 6,000 guests visited the Wellness Center.

THEIR 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. With unconditional love and support, Rosie's Place helps women access the resources they need to lessen the burden of poverty and works one-on-one to create long term permanent and individual solutions.

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