It’s our 40th Anniversary! Follow our progress in our $40K for 40 Years Campaign

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 have set a fundraising goal of $40,000 for 2021. All of this will be spent 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.

We look forward to joining with you over the course of 2021 to use our collective goodwill and efforts to help reduce hunger. Thanks to friends like you, there is reason for hope.

Watch our thermometer to see how we are doing. We look forward to being in touch with you and keeping you posted on our progress throughout 2021.

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

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

With gratitude,

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. 

Thank you! Update on our Fall 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.


Original Post:

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!

Rosebuddies – The youth chapter of the WRFORP

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