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.
Rosie's Place serves a broad spectrum of women's needs.
“We have a huge variety of women as you can imagine with a huge variety of circumstances that they come in with. Our women typically have a lot of trauma in their lives, many different cultures, many different languages spoken,” said Vice-President of Internal Programs Sandy Mariano.
“People come to us for as simple things as ‘I moved into a new apartment, I can’t afford furniture, can I get a referral to a furniture bank,’ you know simple things. Or it could be something like, ‘I just lost my housing and I’m now homeless with my four children and I don’t know what to do,’” Mariano added.
She says there is a common bond among the women they help.
“The one thing that I find with the women is that I am much more like the women that we serve than different from the women we serve. So many of the women that we work with remind me of a friend, or a sister, or a grandmother, or my mother. You know there really is a common bond that everyone who comes in as a woman and can identify with the problems that women may face,” stated Mariano.
And President Sue Marsh says they also help working women, “It’s a lot more common to go into our dining room and see women in hospital scrubs or MBTA uniforms. Women who are working but need to come to Rosie’s Place to help make ends meet. And the reason they need to do that is because the housing costs in Boston are out of sight.”
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