BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling Rosie’s Place which provides a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
President Sue Marsh says Rosie's Place has been helping women for more than 40 years.
“Rosie’s place started in 1974 when our founder Kip Tiernan saw that women were disguising themselves as men in order to get into the Pine Street Inn. Kip did some traveling around the country, visited Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and found that there was no shelter for women anywhere in the US. So she came back to Boston and started Rosie’s place in an abandoned Supermarket,” Marsh stated.
She says Rosie’s Place is much more than just a shelter.
“Now we provide advocacy services, food through our pantry and our dining room, a big women’s education center. We still have the shelter. We still provide a place to wash your clothes, store your belongings in lockers, be able to use a phone for free. Now we offer things like access to a computer, so you can look things up. So, some very simple or uncomplicated things, but are essential things for the guests we serve,” Marsh commented.
Marsh says Rosie's Place provides a welcoming community for women.
“You know, it’s tough to find a place in Boston where you can sit, take the weight off your feet, that doesn’t cost you five dollars for a cup of coffee. So finding a community where you can be, when you’re low income, is very hard very hard in a place like Boston. And so I’ve certainly had the experience of guests telling me we’re the only people who say hello to them all day long, and so that is a part of what Rosie’s Place does too,” Marsh concluded.
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