Rosa Almanzar first came to Project Hope as a shelter resident in 1984. She lived at the shelter for 6 months with her infant son. After she moved, she began her career in Human Services. She was hired as front line staff at the Project Hope Shelter in 1988, and became the Director of the Shelter in 2008. She has completed over 2 years towards a Bachelor's degree in Human Services at UMass Boston. She has served on the Board of Homes for Families for over 20 years and also serves on the Board of the Little Sisters of the Assumption in Mission and has been an active layperson with the Little Sisters of the Assumption for many years.
Rosa has been recognized for her accomplishments in many ways over the years including being a recipient of the Neighborhood Fellows award in 1994 recognizing her extensive work in the community and a United Way Speakers award in 2004.