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South End shelters team to provide services to homeless women

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  December 3, 2012 02:35 PM

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Two South End shelters are collaborating to improve services for homeless women in Boston.

Rosie’s Place, a non-profit that offers meals, shelter, education programs, and advocacy for homeless and low-income women, donated money to renovate the women’s bathroom facilities at the Woods-Mullen Shelter near Boston Medical Center.

The renovated facilities were unveiled in late November.

“A nice bathroom is an easy thing to take for granted when you have stable housing, but it makes all the difference in the world when you don’t,” Beth Grand, co-director of homeless services at the Boston Public Health Commission, which owns and operates the Woods-Mullen Shelter, said in a statement.

The shelters are teaming up in other ways, too.

The Woods-Mullen Shelter, an emergency shelter with 190 beds, has 66 beds for women. Since this spring Rosie’s Place caseworker has provided vocational counseling and job placement services to about 50 women so far. A housing advocate has also been helping women searching for permanent housing.

Rosie’s Place volunteers are also leading monthly arts groups for women at Woods-Mullen and weekly games and activities.

“Both of our organizations serve vulnerable women in Boston, and we’re able to increase the impact of our efforts by working together. It’s really special to see the difference this partnership is making for the women at Woods-Mullen,” Barbara Ferrer, executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, said in a statement.

Organizers also hope the activities and services will create a bond between guests and staff and volunteers, making women in need more likely to seek counseling and other services.

“Together, we can create a community that shows the world how justice looks,” Sue Marsh, executive director of Rosie’s Place, said in a statement.

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