About Us



   Rose Romita, a well  known downtown local figure, came to Barrie 23 years ago. As a single  mother of twins, Rose felt that Barrie was an excellent community to  work, live, & raise her children. Rose loved running her own  business & opened her first restaurant on Maple Ave.

"Rosie" as she was affectionately known has operated a number of restaurants & businesses in downtown Barrie.

    In 1995, Rose held her first Christmas Dinner for the homeless, serving  50 dinners. With the help of volunteers, corporate donors, & local  media, Rose's Christmas, Easter, & Thanksgiving Dinners have become  an eagerly awaited event by both volunteers, & those who are  graciously thankful for the hearty meals on a special occasion which is  currently serving 800 meals & growing!

It has become a community dinner that everyone from all walks of life  have joined the party- homeless, single individuals, seniors,  international students- anyone & everyone looking to join as one is  welcome.

    Early in 2009, Rose closed the doors to "Rosie's Diner", located  downtown, to focus full time on "Catering By Rose". Rose missed the  amazing feeling she got from helping the less fortunate, & the  community of Barrie, that it has become her dream to open a transitional  house for the individuals who are actively seeking change.

Where there's a will- there's a way.





  • Certificate of Recognition 2007
  • Legends & Legacy Award 2008
  • Heart & Soul Award 2009
  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
  • Top 25 Women in Barrie (Goodlife Magazine)

Member of:

  • Simcoe County Alliance to end Homelessness
  • Barrie Downtown Neighborhood Association

Founder of The Rose Foundation