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For Fools in the Boston area who are looking for a place to offer assistance, I'd like to mention Rosie's Place.

This was the first shelter for homeless women in the United States. It was started when a volunteer at a men's shelter discovered that women were disguising themselves as men in order to get a bed for a night, because they had no place to go.

They've moved beyond simply providing shelter. They offer meals, emergency shelter, permanent housing, clothing, a food pantry, a food cooperative, job training and more. They have a permanent shelter for women with AIDS.

The goal is to help women and their children move off the streets into a home of their own, and to help them get jobs and become self-supporting.

Of every dollar donated, $0.83 goes to assistance programs.

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