WRFORP has landed! Our 2022 “Shoot for the Moon” Campaign was a success

With our “Shoot for the Moon” Campaign last year, we set a challenging goal to raise $40,000 to support local organizations that serve food insecure individuals and families, and programs that provide opportunities for children to participate in activities that bolster their wellbeing.

Together we met that challenge!

Thank you for your assistance throughout 2022 and for an especially generous December. Thanks, too, to our benevolent corporate sponsors:
Brookline Bank
Enbridge, Inc.
Roche Bros.
Rockland Trust
Wegmans Food Markets


West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place (WRFORP) board members wish all our friends a very happy and healthy New Year, and we thank you for your warmhearted support in 2022.

Wishing you a 2023 filled with love and hope!

WRFORP Board Members

Harvest Un-Brunch & Raffle Grand Prize Winner

West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place thanks all our supporters for another successful Harvest Un-Brunch and Raffle.

The drawing for the raffle was on Sunday, November 6th, and we congratulate Kathryn Dunlop, who is this year’s grand prize winner.

Thanks to Chef Courtney Beerman, owner of The Pearl Plates, Kathryn and her family have a tasty gourmet brunch for four to look forward to! In addition, thirteen other supporters won gift cards to favorite local restaurants and businesses.

Your participation in the Harvest Un-Brunch and Raffle helps to fight food insecurity close to home. It also sponsors children’s participation in activities in the Boston area that support their wellbeing and mental health.

Since 1981, WRFORP have served Boston families in need. Thanks for your generosity. Together, we make a difference!

We loved getting Distracted…

West Roxbury Friends of Rosies Place wants to give a big thank you to our many long-time and new supporters who joined us on Monday evening at Distraction Brewing Co. for a fun time and a very successful fundraiser for Rosie’s Place and the Roslindale Food Pantry.  

Special thanks to Distraction for hosting the event. This was our first time teaming up with Distraction, and the success of the evening was due in large part to their involvement.

After quenching their thirst with a brew, hungry supporters satisfied their appetite with dinner from Wanderlust Food Truck. A delicious Monday evening combination! 

The multi-generational crowd, from babies to octogenarians, added to the festive atmosphere. 

Thanks to everyone for their generosity and participation in the fundraiser’s raffle. 

Lucky winners took home gift cards donated by local businesses—Green T Coffee Shop, Sophia’s Grotto, The Square Root, Kissed, and Birch St. House & Garden—to name just a few.

Thanks to your participation, we are able to help our neighbors struggling with food insecurity. 

Campership Drive Brings in Over $5000

Thank you to everyone who donated to WRFORP’s April-May campership fundraiser. We are happy to report that the fundraiser brought in more than $5000 to provide a summer camp respite for local Boston children who are experiencing stressful circumstances. 

We can’t think of a better way to help children who have been dealing with COVID and other serious issues this year than by providing them with the opportunity to be in a playful environment as part of a nurturing camp program. We’re glad you agree!

Your support acknowledges the important work done by camp programs like Siblings Connections Camp, Children of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (COASA), Parkway Community YMCA Camp Programs, and Sunset Point Camp.   

Thank you for all you do to support children in our community.

We did it! Our $40K for 40 Years campaign brought in over $45,000 in 2021

Not many things went better than expected in 2021, but thanks to your generosity, we’re happy to share with you that West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place’s $40K for 40 Years Anniversary Campaign beat all expectations!

We set a challenging goal to raise $40,000 to help local organizations that serve food insecure individuals and families. With your help, we raised over $45,000 and gave it all away!

At a time when everything seems hard, it’s comforting to know that we’re part of a caring community that made things better for others. Thank you for all you do to make our community, our city, our world a better place.

Wishing you the very best in 2022,

WRFORP Board Members

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

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.