Thank you! Update on our Fall 2020 Food Drive

UPDATE: Our Online Food Drive was a great success!
We thank everyone who supported our online food drive for the Rosie’s Place food pantry. We received $4500 in donations. That’s 4-1/2 times our original goal! Your generosity will help Rosie’s Place provide nutritious food to the 4000+ women and children who seek assistance each week.

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Our West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place virtual Food Drive to benefit the Rosie’s Place Food Pantry will take place online, August 31st to September 8th!

For over 39 years, West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place has been supporting the important work accomplished by Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the United States. Rosie’s Place provides meals and shelter, but also offers wide-ranging support, including a food pantry.  They  rely solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporations and do not accept any city, state, or federal funding.

During the pandemic, Rosie’s Place has moved their food pantry to their parking lot in order to serve the larger number of women and families in need. Before COVID-19, Rosie’s Place provided groceries to 520 individuals each week. Now they are the lifeline for over 1,250 individuals weekly. The food pantry serves elderly women who are isolated by the pandemic and women with families of 4-5 people who depend on Rosie’s Place for their groceries. These numbers translate into food for more than 4,000 women and children every week.

With the higher demand for food, Rosie’s Place can no longer order enough nutritious food from the Boston Food Bank. Now, they must purchase additional food from retail stores. Please consider making a donation that will help provide groceries to those most in need during this unique and stressful time. Your donation, large or small, will make a difference and help us to reach our goal of $1000 for the Rosie’s Place food pantry.  

Thank you!

Join neighbors and friends for our VIRTUAL 18th Annual Spring Community Get-Together!

Every spring for 17 years, West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place has hosted our Community Dinner, our biggest fundraiser of the year, to support our work with Rosie’s Place, the Roslindale Food Pantry, and summer camps for children experiencing poverty and homelessness.

Although we can’t enjoy an evening together in person this year, we can still gather virtually!

Please join us via Zoom on Saturday evening, June 20th from 7:00-8:00 pm. You’ll have to provide your own dinner this time, but we will provide an opportunity for you to connect with neighbors, hear about how we and Rosie’s Place are staying faithful to our missions in these challenging times, have a chance at a door prize, participate in a silent auction, and maybe even dance a little at the end!

This event is free. 

Usually our Spring Community Dinner brings in about $15,000 annually for our charitable work. We thank everyone who paid for dinner tickets this year and chose not to request a refund when we had to cancel our in-person event.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, please consider making a donation.

Regretfully, we are Canceling our Spring Community Dinner

Dear Friends,

It’s with great regret that on behalf of the board members of the West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place, I inform you that the board has decided that it’s in the best interest of our community-at-large to cancel our Community Dinner scheduled for Saturday, March 28th because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus COVID19.

This decision was made after careful consideration of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.  Three factors in particular led to the board’s decision.  Last year, WRFORP was fortunate to have 240 supporters attend the dinner.  Large gatherings such as this are being discouraged.  Secondly, the CDC considers people over 65 years of age in a high-risk category.  Again, we are fortunate to have many long-time supporters, many of whom are over 65.  We do not want to put any of our supporters at increased risk.  In addition, another factor that could not be ignored is that our workers are a team of loyal volunteers.  Many places of business have closed for a day or more to educate their staff on how to handle food, wash surfaces, interact with others, etc.  Unfortunately, we don’t have that capacity.  These reasons made canceling the Community Dinner a difficult but responsible decision.

For all our supporters who paid in advance for admission to the Community Dinner, we are offering you 2 choices.  You may request that (1) the money you paid for admission be converted into a donation to WRFORP or (2) the money you paid for admission be returned to you.  Our all-volunteer team will grant your request in as timely a manner as possible, and board member Lisa Sankowski will be reaching out soon to everyone who has already paid.

For those of you who have generously contributed to our silent auction, please know that we are investigating the possibility of an online auction.  More will be shared on this in the weeks to come.

Be assured that every donation, whether cash or in-kind, will benefit Rosie’s Place, the Roslindale Food Pantry, Rosie’s Place Food Pantry, and camperships for homeless or less advantaged children.

Thank you so much for your continued support over many years.  WRFORP is fortunate to have so many caring and loyal friends.  We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Brunch!

Doris Corbo
WRFORP President


If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, but would still like to support our work this spring, you can use the donate button below or send a check payable to 
West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place to:
West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place
P.O. Box 320076
West Roxbury, MA 02132

Thank you!

27th Annual Harvest Brunch brings friends together to support members of our community in need

Our 27th annual Harvest Brunch and Raffle, held November 3, 2019, at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury, welcomed friends for a delicious breakfast to raise money for Rosie’s Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women, the Rosie’s Place food pantry, the Roslindale Food Pantry, and camperships to send children from Boston facing poverty and homelessness to summer camp programs.

Friends Gather

Boston City Councilor-at-Large Annissa Essaibi-George and Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley are Brunch regulars.

We were joined by special guests Angela Menino, Boston City Councilor-at-Large Annissa Essaibi-George, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, West Roxbury’s Lord Mayor Richie Gormley, family members of our beloved co-founders, Alice and Bill Hennessey, and Michael Oliver, Director of Fundraising at Rosie’s Place.

buffet-1.jpgThanks to Courtney Beerman, our chef, who prepared a delicious meal, and to our Gold Sponsor, Rockland Trust!

We are also grateful to all the generous members of the community who make our annual brunch possible: Irish Social Club of BostonWegmansLocal 338 Bagels & CoffeeStarbucks, and Henry’s Market. We also thank Anne Quinlan for giving us a lovely painting to include in our raffle, and our board members and friends, who provided other raffle prizes.

Raffle

Congratulations and tremendous thanks to our Event Chair, WRFORP Board Member Alicia O’Brien, to all who contributed and volunteered (including our Rosebuddies), and to everyone who turned out to enjoy good friends and food, and to support a great cause. We couldn’t do this without you, and we hope we’ll see you again at our Spring Community Dinner in a few months!

Summer fun belongs to everyone!

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West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place founders Alice & Bill Hennessey and Helen & Bob Haley, summered with their families in Hull, MA. There they learned about and became deeply involved with Sunset Point Camp. For nearly 100 years, Sunset Point Camp has provided a dream vacation at the seashore to low-income, at-risk children aged 6-13 from Greater Boston. Nearly 450 city-based children travel to Hull each summer for a one- or two-week overnight camp experience letting them enjoy the fresh air, learn new talents, receive academic summer support, and simply have fun.

At the encouragement of Alice, Bill, Bob and Helen, and in addition to our support for Rosie’s Place and the Roslindale Food Pantry, WRFORP began to contribute to Sunset Point and has since expanded to support other camp programs that serve Boston-area children who would not otherwise be able to access a summer camp experience.

This summer, thanks to your generosity, we are able to provide financial support to:

We hope you and your family are enjoying all the joys of summer, and we are grateful for your support in making this joy accessible to others.

Neighbors share fun – and share with others – at our 17th Annual Spring Community Dinner

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us and contributed so generously to our 17th Annual Spring Community Dinner and Fundraiser on April 6, 2019 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West Roxbury.

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Attended by over 250 guests, our annual spring dinner benefits Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women; the Roslindale Food Pantry; and summer camperships for children in need.

Beth Germano of WBZ-TV was our spectacular MC, and music for dining and dancing from DJ Patrick McIntyre of MCO Productions Brighton, who partially underwrote his services, added to the fun of the evening.

Rosie’s Place Director of Communications, Michele Chausse, thanked our guests, and we were happy as always for the consistent support and presence of City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George and District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who also made a special presentation on behalf of the Boston City Council honoring our graduating Rosebuddies.

Rosebuddies

We are very grateful to Rockland Trust, Gold Sponsor for this and all of our events.  And thanks to Eastern Bank, our Campership Sponsor, and Brookline Bank, our Rosie’s Place Dinner Sponsor!

We want to express our sincere thanks to all the individuals and businesses whose Dessertgenerous donations made the evening possible: Eileen Saliba, Gourmet Caterers, Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Dancing Deer Baking Co.Blanchards Wine & Spirits, and Henry’s Market. And, of course, our team of expert cookie bakers!

Gift certificates, gift baskets, sports items, scratch lottery tickets, and more – all donated by local individuals, organizations, and businesses – were raffled during silent and live auctions.  (See the full list of generous donors in our event program.)

Auction

The event’s success is due in large part to the support of the St. George church community and Pastor Father Timothy Ferguson, who have hosted us for many years in their lovely space, and spacious kitchen!

And our Board members and many volunteers worked tirelessly before and during the dinner to ensure it was a wonderful evening for everyone.

Kitchen

WRFORP is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. We are so fortunate to have so many loyal supporters.

We hope you will join us again next year!

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.