Rosie’s Place 40th Anniversary
Forty years ago today, social justice activist Kip Tiernan, with four other volunteers and $250 donated by friends, opened the doors to Rosie’s Place, the first women-only shelter in the United States. Kip was struck by the sight of women who tried to disguise themselves as men in order to get a meal in men-only Boston shelters, as there was no shelter for homeless women. Her vision of a place where poor and homeless women would have a bed, a meal and somewhere other than the streets to meet—where they would be loved unconditionally—has evolved into a multi-service agency that works to create solutions for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing, and education services. Learn more here.
WGBH congratulates Rosie’s Place on 40 years of service to our region.
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Image credit:Courtesy of Rosie’s Place