Community / July 28, 2021
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It was 1974 in Boston. Homeless women around the city didn’t have access to food. You could see them trying to appear as men just to get meals at men-only shelters. Kip Tiernan realized they could do better for the women of our city – and thus founded Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the United States!
Located in the South End, Rosie’s Place continues to hold the tradition of being a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, providing a safe and nurturing environment that helps these women maintain their dignity, seek opportunities, and find security.
The pandemic that has hit our nation has created obvious hardships among non-profit organizations such as Rosie’s Place. SMPS-Boston members decided that, while we couldn’t participate in our 2nd Annual Day of Service there, we could still help these women in need. Our goal was to donate 50 care packages filled with toiletries – and that goal was met within a week.
We thank everyone who donated what they could to our Rosie’s Place drive!