Kip Tiernan – USA

Linked with Rosie’s place, and with Why are people homeless. Added Nov. 16, 2008: and linked with Poor People’s United Fund PPUF.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

At a time when society believed that women’s place was in the home, Kip Tiernan reached out to those women who had no home. In 1974, she founded Rosie’s Place, the United States’ first drop-in, emergency shelter for women. Kip has been at the center of the fight for economic and social justice for nearly three decades, advocating and lobbying for affordable and accessible housing, health care, education, jobs, civil rights, and peace. She currently serves as codirector of the Poor People’s United Fund, which she founded … She says: “If we care enough to take the risk of being human, together we can change the world”. (On 1000peacewomen).

Kip Tiernan is an American activist who may be best known as founder of Rosie’s Place. She has been an advocate for economic and social justice for nearly three decades. Tiernan has protested and lobbied for affordable and accessible housing, health care and education as well as jobs, civil rights and peace. Drawing from her early roots in the radical Catholic left movement, Tiernan encourages people “to take the risk of being human” … // … Tiernan was also a founder of the Boston Food Bank (see the Greather Boston Food Bank) and co-founder of the Boston Women’s Fund, Health Care for the Homeless and Community Works (see Police and Community Youth Club). In 1980 she co-founded the Poor People’s United Fund, a “spare change” funding source for grass roots community groups involved in issues of homelessness, hunger and access to justice, and she currently serves as the co-director. In 1990 she established the Ethical Policy Institute, a multi-disciplinary community of people engaged in political analysis, economics and community activism. Tiernan also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts. A popular public speaker and social commentator, Tiernan has lectured at hundreds of high schools, colleges, churches and conferences and written articles in local as well as national publications … (full text).

Her Bio on Rosie’s Place.


Kip Tiernan – USA (left)

She works for Rosie’s Place, for the (Greather) Boston Food Bank, and for the Poor People’s United Fund PPUF.

When has anything that Kip Tiernan and Fran Froelich done been conventional? Last night in a program sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and campus volunteer programs, the pair referred to as “the conscience of Boston” spoke about their outsider political theology in their book, Urban Meditations. (on, a Bostons’ students paper).

… Kip is a native of Connecticut who was orphaned as a child and raised by her grandmother. Always unorthodox, by the time she was 16 she was taking flying lessons and playing jazz piano … (full text).

She says also: (Alice) … “taught me patience, kindness, street smarts… I still miss her more than I can say.”

One of the very first people I ever heard challenge homeless advocates to go beyond services to structural solutions was Kip Tiernan, a Boston activist out of the Catholic Worker mold. Kip is still around and at 77 continues to direct Boston’s Poor People’s United Fund with her longtime associate Fran Froelich … (full text).

Find her and her publications on ; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Provides a $40,000 stipend and benefit package for one year to a woman, over 21 years of age, so that she can develop and carry out a special project that will further the mission of Rosie’s Place anywhere in New England … (full text).

Rosie’s Place Spring Gala: On 5/2, more than 200 guests gathered at the Channel 5 studios in Needham to mark the 80th birthday of social justice activist and Rosie’s Place founder Kip Tiernan. The event featured cuisine from celebrity chefs and a live auction, raising more than $350,000 for Rosie’s Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women. (Boston Magazine).

More than three decades after publication of the taboo-shattering book on female health, “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” activists are still struggling to bring attention to women’s health issues amid the national debate over medical insurance coverage, said one of the book’s authors and feminist pioneer Judy Norsigian … // … The discussion was moderated by Kip Tiernan, co-founder of Community Works in Boston, an organization supported through Harvard’s Community Gifts program (see box). (A scheduled participant, Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, was not able to attend due to a family health matter) … (full text).

Kip created a sanctuary of love when she opened the doors to Rosie’s Place 33 years ago and we continue to provide a community of support and hope for our most vulnerable sisters. With meals, groceries from our food pantry, advocacy services, emergency shelter, adult education, permanent housing, and more, Rosie’s Place has created a critical set of services that help all women make real and lasting changes and reach for their dreams. The following examples highlight some of our achievements across the organization this past year: … (full text).

… The Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship – Rosie’s Place offers a stipend for a one year fellowship designed to provide support for an individual who seeks to create, design, or otherwise carry out an effort which will in some way further the broad mission of assisting and empowering poor and homeless women … (full text, October 31, 2006).

… Kip also used her writing skills to pen articles for the Catholic left, which appeared in the Boston Phoenix, Boston Globe and Boston After Dark.  Through her parish, Kip came in contact with St. Philip’s/Warwick House, which was involved in the civil rights and anti-war movements.  In 1967, she was asked to help coordinate a press conference at St. Philip’s and soon thereafter joined the team ministry because “poor people need advertising, too.”  Her work took her into housing projects, mental institutions, jails and hospitals where she saw first hand the effects of de-institutionalization and the lack of a coherent public policy to address the needs of poor and homeless people. In 1974, Kip founded Rosie’s Place, the first drop-in and emergency shelter for women in the United States, in response to the increasing numbers of women throughout the country.  Rosie’s Place provided poor and homeless women with warmth, pots of piping hot coffee, nutritional meals, a safe place to rest from the dangerous streets, and perhaps most comforting – companionship.  Kip’s vision has helped Rosie’s Place evolve from simply providing shelter to offering solutions:  a drop-in center, extended stay housing, permanent housing, meals, and a multitude of on-site opportunities for our guests … (full text).


Native American shares her heritage;

the blog: Stone Soup Station (about homelessness);

the blog: Poet Jack Powers, Founder of the Stone Soup Poets;

the blog: Billionaires Perform To Raise Consciousness;


Trans Homelessness Article (Boston);

[Somerville MA] Radio with a View Live.

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