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.
Winter can be tough on anyone, but especially women who need support, says Leemarie Mosca, Vice-President of External Relations at Rosie's Place.
“The weather is colder. It’s bitter cold. Women are on the streets. Women who are housed are now pressed with rising heating bills in addition to all of their other expenses. Clothing, winter clothing is much more expensive. We have so many women who come to us looking for coats. So there are a lot of challenges,” Mosca said.
Rosie's Place helps some 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing, and education services. And Mosca says the need is growing.
“We help more women every year. We strive to help them in a more meaningful way. It’s providing a safe space and a sanctuary for women where they are welcomed and we are presenting services in a dignified, respectful manner. We’re not dictating solutions. We understand that the issues that our guests face are very complicated. And they will not be solved with one visit. So we aim to create a space of comfort where we can start the conversation and then continue it,” Mosca stated.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports