Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children

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Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Meals for Poor & Homeless Women & their Children
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound

Last week, we celebrated the resilience of our guests and the rebirth of spring with Safe & Sound: Every Day in Every Way—a week long fundraiser that culminated in a beautiful dinner for our guests.

Thanks to the tremendous kindness of our supporters, we raised just over $360,000 to ensure that Rosie’s Place remains a source of support for every woman who needs us—for as long as she needs us.

Each year Rosie’s Place partners with local chefs and restaurants for our Safe & Sound Gala. This year, we brought the tradition of the Gala to the women we serve and to our Dining Room. Chef Andy Husbands, Owner of the Smoke Shop BBQ; Executive Chef Owen Royce-Nagel of Tres Gatos; and Chef Chandra Gouldrup of the Farmer’s Daughter developed a delicious menu for dinner. And on Friday, we served a three-course meal to 250 women in our community.

Whether we know a woman for a day or spend a decade with her on her journey, at Rosie's Place we will always support her in making the changes that bring her safety and stability, possibility, and opportunity.

The pandemic has had an especially devastating impact on the women we serve and their families. Rosie’s Place has documented increased demand for our services across all programs.

We have stepped up to meet this increased need. For example, over the past two years, the Food Program at Rosie’s Place has grown significantly in response to increased demand. We’ve added 9 full-time staff members between the Dining Room and the Pantry, and the Food Pantry has tripled its capacity to meet growing food insecurity and risk of eviction among the women we serve. Prior to the pandemic, we served 100 women each day through the Pantry and women could visit once a month. Now, we serve close to 350 women each day--over 1,700 unique women each week--and women are able to visit once a week.

Thank you for taking on this fight with us. We look forward to sharing our next progress report with you in the Fall of 2022. On behalf of all of us at Rosie’s Place, thank you for your kindness and generosity. For more photos of Safe & Sound, please see the link below.

Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound
Rosie's Place Food Program: Safe & Sound

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Thanks to friends like you, the doors of Rosie’s Place remain open as we persist through the pandemic. And while the ways we provided emergency and support services had to be adapted, we are proud that they were delivered with the same unconditional love that is the hallmark of our work.

We have experienced challenges at every turn, across the organization, but we also learned a lot, and this learning helped us evolve our services – the Food Pantry moved to a tent in the parking lot and eventually to our Education Building, allowing for ease of access for our guests; the kitchen began offering prepared and to-go meals, giving guests access to nutritious food throughout the day. We also witnessed the resiliency of our guests, staff, and supporters.

Now, forty-seven years since our founding, the mission and work of Rosie’s Place is more vital than ever. We are so grateful that you have chosen to stand with us.

Emergency Services: Daytime and Overnight Shelter, Food Programs, and Wellness Center

Daytime shelter at Rosie’s Place looks different these days. Inside Rosie’s Place we have dedicated our space to homeless women who have nowhere safe to shelter during the pandemic. The shelter gives our guests access to medical screenings, showers, a place to rest with space for physical distancing, support services, and much more.

In FY21 the Overnight Program had a total of 21 stays, with 21 different guests. Due to COVID-19 we extended the guests’ stays until August 1, 2021, in this way we ensured the long-term safety of these women for the entirety of the year and a half ahead. We implemented strict COVID-19 precautions to ensure guest safety. And we helped 70% of those staying with us access vaccinations. And we were able to place 13 guests in stable, permanent housing.

The Dining Room is a place where guests come for nourishment of many kinds – food, friendship, and support. In FY21 we hosted many celebrations including holidays and birthdays, screened movies, decorated with flowers, and treated our guests with surprise fun activities. The Dining Room served 9,411 breakfasts, 15,389 lunches, 19,995 dinners and 5,322 brunches totaling 50,117 meals.

Last year our Food Pantry doubled its capacity to serve 250 women a day. Today we are seeing close to 350 housed women a day at the pantry, triple the number we were serving compared to the days before the pandemic. The program now disributes pre-prepared bags of groceries, instead of having women select food from our indoor pantry. This shift helped us serve more housed women safely while securing and distributing enough food to meet the increased demand. By year’s end, in-kind donations totaled $371,526.90, and Food Pantry visits totaled 38,752, more than ever before.

The Wellness Center implemented many of the safety precautions necessitated by the pandemic. Working with long-time partners Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and Healthcare Without Walls, Rosie’s Place provided on-site COVID-19 symptom screening to 11,657 guests, both emergency and surveillance testing, and provided access to vaccines for our guests.

Support Services: Advocacy, Legal, and Stabilization Programs

The Advocacy team reimagined the way that they provide support to our guests. In addition to one-on-one services for our homeless guests who came in person to Rosie’s Place – seeking help with everything from Charlie cards and Mass ID’s, rental and utility arrearages, and even funeral expenses – we established an Advocacy Helpline where housed guests seeking assistance could call in from wherever they were. The total number of advocacy visits for the year was 18,747 – an increase of 40% over the prior year, with most of the service10,996 –provided via the Helpline. 

The Legal Program at Rosie’s Place provides holistic legal services in a warm, caring, and compassionate manner, assisting with the accessibility of the legal system. In the past, guests connected with the Legal Program mostly in person, at our legal clinics. Due to the pandemic, the Legal Program launched the Legal Helpline. In FY21, 766 guests used the Legal Helpline to connect directly to Legal Program staff–often these calls represent guests who reached out for more than one issue – and through direct referrals from Rosie’s Place advocates. 

The Stabilization Program worked with 60 guests in FY21, where we provided support to keep women housed and healthy. Over the past year we worked with many management companies, landlords and housing agencies to support issues around tenancy. All guests remained housed and stable over a most difficult year.

Opportunities and Steppingstones: Public Policy, Education & Workforce Development

Despite the distance imposed by the pandemic, our Public Policy staff connected with several hundred guests and community members over the course of the year. Through our Action Network portal and emails 524 individuals were inspired to reach out to their legislators. Further, by bringing census workers to Rosie’s Place a record 633 women were counted in the 2020 Census.

We also joined a task force with partner organizations focusing on equity issues related to COVID-19 such as vaccine distribution and the classifying and prioritizing of vulnerable populations and essential workers. This collaboration was crucial in bringing the vaccine to our guests and staff in early 2021.

The pandemic posed challenges for Women’s Education Center (WEC), in FY21, but turning to online technology and smart phone apps, WEC was able to serve 127 students remotely, through Zoom, an online app called Cell-Ed, and Teaching Calls.

Helping women to access employment is a cornerstone to stability. Our Workforce Specialist meets with guests to assist in writing resumes and cover letters, undergo online job searches and help with applications, review employment benefits, and many other work-related issues. In FY21, our Workforce Specialist worked with 100 guests on 255 job related visits, with the goal of entering the workforce, moving up in the workforce, and thriving.

We look forward to sharing our next progress report with you later in 2022. On behalf of all of us at Rosie’s Place, thank you for your partnership. We are grateful for you kindness and generosity. 

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Pick-up Window for the Pantry at Rosie's Place
Pick-up Window for the Pantry at Rosie's Place

We are grateful to our donors who have helped Rosie’s Place through the current health crisis. Your support has helped us keep our doors open to support more poor and homeless women than ever before.

Throughout the pandemic, women have been more likely to leave the workforce to care for their children, have experienced an increase in domestic violence, and have had greater needs related to their mental and physical health. These trends have made women more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity.

On September 17th, we celebrated Hunger Action Day – a day when communities around the country work to support those in need and to end hunger. At Rosie’s Place, it is also a time to appreciate supporters like you, who are helping us serve thousands of poor and homeless women who are hungry and in need of support. On behalf of our staff and the women that we serve, thank you for supporting of our Food Programs through GlobalGiving.

Food Programs

In the Dining Room at Rosie’s Place, guests come for nourishment of many kinds – food, friendship, and support. In FY21 we hosted many celebrations including holidays and birthdays, screened movies, decorated with flowers, and treated our guests with surprise fun activities.

In FY21, the Dining Room served 9,411 breakfasts, 15,389 lunches, 19,995 dinners and 5,322 brunches totaling 50,117 meals.

Our Food Pantry has tripled its capacity, now serving more women who have housing in a way that is safe and secure, while also meeting the increased demand for groceries. By year’s end, we received over $370,000 in in-kind donations, which helped us provide over 38,000 Food Pantry visits—more than ever before.

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Dining Room

Thanks to friends like you, the doors of Rosie’s Place have remained open throughout the pandemic, and our critical Food Programs continue to be a lifeline for poor and homeless women and their children—those made most vulnerable and those who have experienced the greatest impact of the health crisis over the past year. 

As our food expenses soared to address urgent needs, your generous support of our Food Programs, through GlobalGiving, helped Rosie’s Place remain a safety net for women and families who are struggling with food insecurity. We are grateful for your care and compassion for our guests and your partnership in our work.

Food Programs

Our practice of making delicious and healthy meals for our guests, served with unconditional love, has continued throughout the pandemic—now with additional safety precautions in place. We serve over 160 wholesome meals and snacks each day, which are available for our guests to enjoy in the dining room or take to-go.

Our Food Pantry service model has changed, now providing groceries to women weekly rather than monthly. We have more than doubled the Pantry’s daily capacity. With 250 women receiving groceries each day, we are serving more households than ever before.

We have also relocated the Pantry from a tent outside in our parking lot to our Women’s Education Center, where women are able to register for and receive groceries through the building’s waist-high windows. Overall, we are providing far greater food access, in a safe, dignified, and time efficient manner. 

Dining Room:

Pre-COVID:

  • 3 meals served on weekdays and 2 meals served on weekends (69,919 meals July 2019-March 15, 2020)
  • Meals served to housed and homeless women
  • On average 150-200 guests served

Post-COVID:

  • Meals served all day
  • Meals prepared to have onsite or to-go
  • One guest per table, reduced dining room capacity to 40 guests
  • 170 meals served to homeless women per day
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures in between guests dining, and mandatory handwashing before meals

Food Pantry:

Pre-COVID:

  • 520 women served weekly in choice-based pantry where guests could select fresh and non-perishable grocery items
  • Visits limited to once per month

Post-COVID

  • 1,250 women served weekly with pre-made grocery bags containing fresh and non-perishable food items
  • More frequent visits permitted
  • Program situated outdoors
Food Pantry
Food Pantry
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Thanks to friends like you, Rosie’s Place’s doors have remained open throughout the pandemic. Responding to the health crisis, our programs and service delivery changed in March 2020. Prioritizing the health and stability of our community—we incorporated social distancing as well as medical screenings and intensive cleaning and hygienic practices organization-wide. Our resources were challenged, and how we give our help has changed—but our welcome and compassion have never stopped. In FY2020, forty-six years after our founding, you helped us to accomplish so much.

 

Survival & Sanctuary_____________________________________________________________________

 

  • Our Emergency Overnight Shelter provided 375 three-week stays to 207 unique women from July 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020During their time with us, guests worked with our Advocates to find permanent homes and secure the services they need. 

o   As of March 16, 2020, we extended indefinitely, the stays of the 20 women staying with us. This continuity and stability has been integral in keeping our guests and staff well. Should guests secure other housing and move out, we have established quarantine and testing procedures to ensure new guests are safely introduced to the established community. 

 

  • Open 365 days of the year, Rosie’s Place’s Dining Room served 69,919 nutritionally balanced breakfasts, lunches and dinners from July 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020.

o   When Massachusetts residents were ordered to stay-at-home, our Dining Room began serving only homeless women. From March 16 to June 30, 2020, we served 18,190 meals to-go or for guests to enjoy at a social distance in our Dining Room. This is a total of 88,109 meals served over the year.  Additionally, we added hearty, nutritious snacks to the menu, enabling us to provide food all day long to our guests, so that at any time a woman came into Rosie’s Place, she had immediate access to food.

 

  • Rosie’s Place’s Food Pantry welcomed 17,781 visits from July 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020—providing an average of 2,091 women per month, with two bags (20 to 30 pounds) of groceries.

o   When Massachusetts residents were ordered to stay-at-home, our Pantry was moved outdoors in order to lower the risk of crowding and infection in our main building. From March 16to June 30, 2020, we accommodated 13,054 visits. Every woman was given a pre-made bag of shelf-stable groceries as well as a bag of fresh produce. We also distributed masks and household items such as toilet paper in these bags. Since the start of the pandemic, food insecurity has surged and in response, this critical program nearly doubled its capacity—serving an average of 3,729 visits per month.

  • Our Wellness Center accommodated 2,453 visits from July 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020. Volunteer doctors, nurses and medical students assisted women with: routine vital signs checking, blood sugar level-monitoring, immunizations, pregnancy testing, blood pressure screening, dental referrals and addiction services. 

 

o   Following the onset of the pandemic, our Wellness Center services transformed into medical screenings for each guest who visits our facility. Health Care Without Walls, one of our longtime Wellness Center partners, helps us to screen guests for fever, cough and other COVID-19 symptoms. With their expertise, we are able to keep up-to-date logs of guests’ baselines and should any COVID-19 symptoms be discovered, refer them to nearby medical services for testing or treatment. From March 16to June 30, 2020, we performed an average of 90 medical screenings each day.

 

  • Rosie’s Place provided:5,463 showers, 1,084 loads of laundry, 4,460 phone uses and 4,002 computer uses from July 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020.

o   When Massachusetts residents were ordered to stay-at-home, our main facility began serving only homeless women in-person as many of our housed guests were able to shelter in place.  From March 16 to June 30, 2020, the need for these basic—and critical survival services for homeless women was acute. We provided the most basic and critical services such as: showers, clean clothing, Tracfones, lockers to store their belongings, masks and hand sanitizer and toiletries to help women sanitize when on the streets or in other programs.

           

Advocacy & Empowerment_________________________________________________________________

 

  • Pre-pandemic, our Advocacy department logged 10,099 appointments, helping guests with housing, medical services, educational and employment opportunities, legal advice, clothing, transportation and emergency funds for prescriptions and eviction prevention. 

o   In response to the health crisis, our Advocacy services became remote, moving from in-person to online and over the phone assistance.FromMarch 16 to June 30, 2020, Advocates addressed 3,767 calls seeking our assistance, for a total of 13,866 appointments.

  • Over the course of the year, our Mental Health Clinicians provided 3,959 in-person and over-the-phone sessions with guests who struggle to access and maintain consistent therapy.
  • Pre-pandemic, Legal Services staff provided 962 consultations to guests, helping them with housing, family, immigration, employment, debt and benefit matters.

 

o   Following the health crisis, our Legal Services became remote, moving from in-person to online and over the phone assistance.FromMarch 16 to June 30, 2020, our Legal Services staff addressed 201 calls seeking our assistance, for a total of 1,163 consultations.

 

Opportunities & Steppingstones______________________________________________________________

  • Our Women’s Education Center provided 375 students with an opportunity to improve their skills and increase their self-sufficiency through free ESOL, Literacy and Technology courses and one-

on-one tutoring

o   In the wake of the pandemic, Rosie’s Place discontinued our in-person education courses schedule for the spring, which are led by almost 100 volunteer teachers. From March through June 2020, we have reached out to our many students to check on their wellbeing, and connected them with services. Staff also researched viable remote learning technology for our students—many of whom lack computers and/or computer knowledge to use traditional online education tools. This resulted in a multi-pronged approach to teaching: a pilot Zoom ESOL class is now underway for tech-savvy students; a curriculum comprised of 6 weekly conversations on topics such as Staying Safe in the Pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, through scheduled phone calls with teachers for 75 students has begun, and we have purchased 100 subscriptions to a low-barrier remote learning software for students with the technology and know-how to utilize it.
 

  • Our Employment Specialist accommodated 659 in-person and over-the-phone sessions through the year—helping guests with employment searches, resume writing, job applications and interview skills.

o   COVID-19 has brought high unemployment rates and high occupational health risks to much of the workforce. Consequently, our Employment Specialist helped guests navigate unemployment benefits and in seeking work in new fields.

 

  • Our Women’s Craft Cooperative—a successful micro-enterprise offering employment opportunities in a supportive environment for women who may face obstacles in traditional workplaces—graduated 2 guests—with significant new skills and job experiencefrom its year-long program.

Outreach & Stabilization___________________________________________________________________

 

  • 100% of the 58 guests receiving our Stabilization and Community Health Outreach services remained housed and stable this year.
  • Our innovative Community Collaborative brings the resources of Rosie’s Place to underserved communities of women in the Boston area. From July 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020:
    • At the Franklin Field housing development in Dorchester, we accommodated 1,027 appointments, providing women with groceries, advocacy and legal and job assistance. In January, 2020, this program merged with our Advocacy program, with support being offered to this community remotely.

 

    • Working in 50 Boston Public Schools, we accommodated 2,171 visits from mothers, assisting them with advocacy, housing and food needs.

 

    • In nine area courthouses, we accommodated 1,014 visits, helping women who were there as victims, offenders or witnesses, to access food, housing and shelter assistance.

 

    • Due to the health crisis, courthouses and public schools were closed statewide. In response, our Community Collaborative Advocates combined their expertise with the Advocates at our main facility and—working remotely—addressed 3,767 calls seeking our assistance from March 16, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

  • Our Friendly Visitor program connects volunteers with women who are isolated, living in nursing homes, hospitals or home-bound, unable to come to Rosie’s Place. Volunteers make regular phone calls, write letters and when possible, make socially distant visits to the same woman, providing friendship and companionship. This year, 63 marginalized women received regular visits from our dedicated volunteers.

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Location: Boston, MA - USA
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Jamie Doyle
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