The missions of Rosie’s Place and Caritas Communities, both in Boston, go hand in hand. Each works with the city’s homeless population and works to prevent them from having to sleep on the streets—especially important during New England’s cold winter months.

Rosie’s Place, founded in 1974, provides resources and support to poor and homeless women, while doing all they can, to instill in them a feeling of self-worth and dignity. It was the first women’s shelter in the U.S. and today helps 12,000 each year. 

Caritas Communities works to prevent homelessness before it starts. They provide low-income people with permanent housing and works with them to create community and expand their opportunities. It provides 30 buildings that low-income people can call home in 14 Greater Boston communities. 

The positive effect that these two organizations have on Boston and its surrounding towns cannot be overstated. That’s why the corporate leadership of Sonesta’s home office in Boston gathered to support their important work. On a recent Monday, they spend an afternoon assembling kits with critical everyday items that so many of us take for granted such as socks, sheets, blankets, hand warmers, soap, toothbrush, and shampoo. It was time well spent to bring some comfort into the lives of those who struggle.