It’s our 40th Anniversary! Help put our $40K for 40 Years campaign over the top

West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place (WRFORP) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. We couldn’t have done it without you. Your generosity has given us the opportunity to assist our friends and neighbors in need for 40 years.

To celebrate our 40 years of helping, we set a fundraising goal of $40,000 for 2021 to help local food pantries and the meals program and food pantry at Rosie’s Place. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in more of our neighbors having to depend on food pantries to meet their family’s basic needs. The number of people relying on the Rosie’s Place Food Pantry and the Roslindale Food Pantry has exploded.

Thanks to your generosity, we have met and surpassed our goal this year of $40,000! However, local food pantries continue to serve more individuals and families than before the pandemic. We’re going to continue, too, and we have set a new goal: $45,000 by the end of 2021.

To help meet the new goal, a WRFORP supporter has offered to match any December donation, up to a total of $1,000. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar—doubling your contribution and impact on our work. This generous offer allows us to turn $1000 into $2000 and end our 40th anniversary campaign with even more contributions for the holidays. A joyous way to end to 2021!

As of December 1, 2021, we have received $42,400!

To help us achieve this ambitious goal,
please click the link below, or 
fill out this form and return it with your check to 

West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place
P.O. Box 320076
West Roxbury, MA 02132


With gratitude,
WRFORP Board

Thanks for supporting our Harvest “Un-Brunch” Raffle



Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets for our Harvest “Un-Brunch” Raffle Drawing. We are happy to report that the raffle brought in more than $4,000 to support our work!

Congratulations to all the winners, and especially to our grand prize winner, Erin Haight, who will be receiving a yummy brunch for four prepared by professional chef, Courtney Beerman.

We miss gathering with all of you in person again this year, but we are hopeful that finally next fall we will be able to share brunch together again. Have a happy holiday season and may you and yours be safe and well.

Thank you for all you do to make our community, our city, our world a better place.

Thanks to all who came to our Block Party on September 18th

Our thanks to everyone who turned out for our Thank You Block Party on Saturday, September 18, 2021. A lovely time was had by all!

We were so happy to have the opportunity to reconnect in person with longtime and new supporters on Park Street where it all started 40 years ago.

Michael Oliver, Director of Fundraising for Rosie’s Place, came with his pup, Frodo, and shared how they are helping women and hungry families through the challenges of COVID.

And Ruthzee Louijeune, candidate for Boston City Council At-Large, closed out the celebration with us.

Again, THANK YOU for all you have done to support the Boston women, children, and families we serve together. 

We are looking forward to hosting another Virtual Harvest Brunch in November, so be on the lookout for messages from us about great raffle prizes and how to get a ticket.

With gratitude, 
WRFORP Board

Thanks for supporting our Harvest Un-Brunch Raffle

Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets for our Harvest “Un-Brunch” Raffle Drawing. We are happy to report that the raffle brought in over $4,600 to support our work!

Special congratulations to our grand prize winner, Mark Ferrenz, who will be receiving a yummy brunch for four prepared by WRFORP Board member and professional chef, Courtney Beerman.

We also want to express our gratitude to the wonderful local businesses that contributed prizes for our other raffle winners:

Atlas True Value Hardware
Canary Square
Daniela’s Skincare
Distraction Brewing Company
Green T Coffee Shop
Inspiration Salon and Spa
Nail Maxx
Sebastian’s Barber Shop
Turtle Swamp Brewing

And we can’t say it often enough…thank you to our generous event sponsors:

Brookline Bank
East Boston Savings Bank
Rockland Trust

We miss gathering with all of you in person this year, but we are hopeful that next fall we will be able to share brunch together again. Have a happy holiday season, and may you and yours be safe and well until we can all meet in person.

Thank you for all you do to make our community, our city, our world a better place.

Remembering Helen Haley

Helen  Haley, our dear friend, passed away at the age of 90 on October 2nd.  Helen and her husband, Bob, along with four of their close friends and neighbors, founded the West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place in 1981.
 
Helen was loved by all who knew her.  She was kind, thoughtful, and welcoming.  It’s not surprising that she volunteered her time to make life easier for others in need of friendship.  

Helen was a longtime volunteer at Rosie’s Place and was part of a lunch meal team for many years.  She was also instrumental in the success of our fund raising events for Rosie’s Place, the Roslindale Food Pantry, and Sunset Point Summer Camp for less advantaged children from Boston.  Learn more about Helen’s wonderful life in The Boston Globe.

We are grateful to have known Helen and are richer for it.  
West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place Board Members


If you are interested in making a donation in Helen’s honor, her family has requested that they be made to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. 

Rosebuddies – The youth chapter of the WRFORP

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Rosebuddies Colin, Hannah & Teddy Johnston

The Rosebuddies program began in 2003 with three young, dedicated students: Kara, Laura, and Michaela. They began by having food drives for the Roslindale Food Pantry and serving meals at Rosie’s Place. This youth volunteer group has grown, and over the past 13 years has included many middle and high school boys and girls from the Roslindale and West Roxbury community.

Many schools now recognize the importance of community service and require their students to gather community service points or hours by participation in worthwhile community service activities. Participation in the Rosebuddies is a great community service opportunity, and the group currently enjoys over 20 volunteers who routinely help with our food drives and major events.

  • Food Drives     Food Drives help the Rosebuddies to collect various food items for Rosie’s Place and the Roslindale Food Pantry. Items may include peanut butter, canned goods, cereal or other non-perishable items. Roche Bros. Supermarket has been the site of many of our food drives.
  • Harvest Brunch & Community Dinner    Rosebuddies play a key role at our two major annual fundraising events. Before the events, they stuff envelopes and help prepare invitations for mailing. During the events, they mingle with donors and sell raffle tickets to our loyal and generous supporters.

Our current group of Rosebuddies represents six different schools in the Boston area: Joyce Kilmer K-8 School, Boston Latin School, Holy Name School, Ursuline Academy, Catholic Memorial School, and St. Sebastian’s School. If you are interested in joining the Rosebuddies, please contact Doris Corbo at doriscorbo@yahoo.com.