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 gets out into the community by offering services at Boston schools.
“Currently we are in 34 schools and next year we’ll be in more. We have different models so we provide different types of models for each school, see what works…yeah, that’s the goal…is to be in 125 schools within the next five years,” stated Tenisha Daluz, Manager of the Boston Public Schools Community Collaborative.
“Currently we’re in schools in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Brighton and we will eventually get to some schools in East Boston. We know there’s less resources there for East Boston families. So we do every year we will plan out to branch out even more,” Daluz said.
The schools provide space for Rosie's personnel.
“For the schools that we are in weekly or monthly they provide a space for us where women can come in and meet with us. They’re walk-in basis, so women don’t feel the need to set appointments. And if they want to come in for any type of assistance, they can just come in during the times that we’re there and meet with one of our advocates one-on-one,” Daluz commented.
Daluz says the services offered at the schools are the same as at Rosie's Place.
“Housing assistance, providing funding for eviction prevention, utility arrearage, transportation is in need in schools, especially for mothers who have to transport their kids to school, food resources and furniture, clothing referrals, so we basically do many of the things we do at Rosie’s Place. Provide those same resources and referrals,” Daluz concluded.
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