Rosie’s Place

Filed Under: Clothing, Domestic Violence, Families, Food, Legal, LGBTQ+, Physical and Mental Health, Shelters, Substance Use, Women
889 Harrison Avenue
Boston, ma 02118
Phone: 617-442-9322
Fax: 617-442-7825
Who to Contact
Front Desk

Rosie’s Place is a multi-service agency for women, and a sanctuary for poor and homeless women. In addition, the staff advocates assist women with numerous problems, from understanding a letter from a government agency, to filling out an application for low income housing.

Food: Breakfast is served M-F from 7:30am-8:15am. Lunch and Dinner served M-F from 11:30am-1pm and from 4:30pm-7:30pm. On weekends, Brunch is served 10:30am-12:00pm and Dinner is served 3:30pm-5:00pm.

Rosie’s Place Groceries: A self-select pantry for women. Photo I.D. required. Operates Tue-F 9:00am-12:00am and M-F 4:30pm-6:30pm or when they reach 80 guests in the morning or 40 guests in the evening. Limit: one time per month.

Housing: Emergency overnight shelter is based on a lottery. The lottery occurs at 8am on the dot, M-F. The shelter opens at 7:30am Monday through Friday. On Saturday, Sunday & holidays the shelter opens at 10am and the lottery occurs at 10am. It is recommended that you arrive on time for lotteries.

The Shelter provides access to laundry facilities (must call ahead to schedule a time); showers and shower bags; lockers – there is a locker lottery every Thurs at 1:15pm, you must be in a shelter and come with a letter from the shelter dated that week to use the locker space.

Clothing: See an advocate during hours of operation.

Adult Education: ESOL, computer, pre-GED, and basic literacy classes available at no cost.

Access to other services: Outside agencies provide services at Rosie’s. These include

  • Mental Health Counselor: Tuesday 8am-12pm and Thursday 8am-4pm
  • Legal Services: Monday and Tuesday 9:30am-11:30am, sign up in lobby starting at 9am
  • Credit Counseling Services: Thursday 1pm
  • Computer and iPad Classes
  • AA meetings: Wednesdays 3:30pm,in 2nd floor workspace
  • A movie is shown every Friday in the sitting room at 1:30pm

Rosie’s also runs a CORI clinic at our Norfolk location 10 John Square at 9am, and Consumer Debt clinic with attorneys from Ropes and Gray at our main location at 9am on Thursdays.

Service hours

Hours vary by program. Call Main Office for details or see above descriptions

Requirements & Restrictions

Women and anyone who self-identifies as a woman.
Target population: homeless and low-income women

Waiting time

English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, and Korean.


While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated February 28, 2018