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Finding their place out of the Inn
June 15, 2018 | The Boston Globe
Sixty graduates attended Thursday’s ceremony and will use what they learned in housekeeping and food service classes to bring themselves back into the workforce.
Gallery: Pine Street Inn training program graduation
June 15, 2018 | The Boston Herald
Graduates hold their diplomas during the ceremony for those who have completed the Pine Street Inn training programs on Thursday, June 14, 2018.
Mayor Walsh unveils $10 million effort to end chronic homelessness in Boston
January 1, 2018 | The Boston Globe
Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the establishment of the Boston’s Way Home Fund, in partnership with Pine Street Inn and Bank of America. The fund will raise $10 million, which will be used to create 200 new units of housing for chronically homeless men and women.
Women, reunited at homeless shelter, find comfort in shared struggle
December 25, 2017 | The Boston Globe
Barbara and Jeanne both worked all their lives, and had known one another over the years. Then each suffered major health issues that caused them to lose their jobs, then their homes and come to Pine Street.
To Reunite Homeless With Loved Ones, New Tech Delivers Recorded Messages
December 6, 2017 | WBUR
Seven years ago, John Alex Codio lost the phone number of one of his best friends. He was going to visit her in Miami, but his plans fell through. All these years later, he still regrets that he never got to explain himself.
Volunteers serve Thanksgiving dinner at Pine Street Inn
November 23, 2017 | Boston Herald
View a slideshow of photos from the day.
Officials, volunteers give out Thanksgiving meals at Boston’s largest homeless shelter
November 23, 2017 | WHDH
Dozens of people are giving back to their community by making sure those in need get a hot meal for Thanksgiving at Boston’s largest homeless shelter.
A Labor Of Love: Making 2,500 Thanksgiving Meals At The Pine Street Inn
November 22, 2017 | WBUR
A lot of thought and effort goes into preparing a Thanksgiving meal for your closest family and friends. It's another level entirely when you're preparing Thanksgiving for 2,500 people.
Pine Street Inn to serve Thanksgiving meal to 2,000 guests, residents
November 22, 2017 | Boston Globe
After volunteers prepared hundreds of pounds of turkey, stuffing, gravy, and all the fixings, the Pine Street Inn will serve a Thanksgiving meal to guests at their shelters and permanent housing locations throughout the city Thursday.
'I Finally Did It': Homeless For Years, Lenny Gets A Home
November 16, 2017 | WBUR
"All right, so we have a unit. It is an elevator building." Those are words Lenny Higginbottom has waited decades to hear: his own place to call home. The room full of people around him erupts in applause.
Diploma day for Pine St. programs
June 26, 2017 | Boston Herald
For many of the graduates, who range in age from 20s to 60s, the ceremony under a big white tent at the Pine Street Inn was the first time in their lives they were able to celebrate an achievement.
Patriot Matthew Slater at Pine Street Inn commencement
June 26, 2017 | The Boston Globe
Pats special teams ace Matthew Slater had some words of encouragement and appreciation Friday for 100 or so men and women who completed job-training programs at the Pine Street Inn.
Matthew Slater's message to Pine Street Inn grads: Believe in yourself
June 26, 2017 | ESPN
New England Patriots Pro Bowl special-teamer Matthew Slater was the 2017 recipient of the Bart Starr Award for exemplifying character and leadership on and off the field, and watching him on Friday afternoon as a special guest speaker at the Pine Street Inn graduation reflected why he was a fine choice.
Paul English revealed a surprise at the Pine Street Inn’s fund-raising breakfast
May 2, 2017 | The Boston Globe
Paul English, cofounder of Kayak.com and CEO of Lola Travel Co., was the keynote speaker at the Pine Street Inn’s Home Remedy Breakfast. English pledged to match up to $500,000 of any funds raised during the breakfast.
Environmental Police confiscate illegal catch, donate fish to Pine Street Inn
March 14, 2017 | The Boston Globe
After Massachusetts Environmental Police on Sunday busted a fisherman with a batch of undersized fish, they brought his 45-pound catch of haddock, grey sole, and monkfish to Pine Street Inn so workers there could serve up a feast.
Homeless shelters to stay full after storm
February 10, 2017 | Boston Herald
“It’s all hands on deck here. In extreme weather like this, having a warm place to stay could mean the difference between life and death,” said Barbara Trevisan, a spokeswoman for Pine Street Inn.
Spotlight: The Desperate and the Dead
December 9, 2016 | The Boston Globe
If you’re interested to learn more about the struggle of being mentally ill and homeless, here’s a (long) but really interesting article in The Boston Globe. Pine Street is having great success with men and women in housing, where they find stability and support.
At Pine Street, a meal...and food for thought.
November 25, 2016 | Boston Herald
More than 200 volunteers — ranging from regular people to pols — carved turkeys, filled plates and passed out food at the Pine Street Inn yesterday, but the spirit of generosity was also a reminder that the city’s homeless problem is not going away, organizers said.
On the holiday menu: turkey and compassion
November 25, 2016 | Boston Globe
“It’s our Super Bowl!” said one regular volunteer to another as residents sat down at long tables covered in white tablecloths. Each place setting featured a hand-decorated mat and a note by a volunteer.
Local Politicians, Volunteers Serve Boston's Homeless On Thanksgiving
November 25, 2016 | WBUR
Eighty-three turkeys, 700 pounds of mashed potatoes and 50 gallons of stuffing provided a Thanksgiving feast for hundreds of homeless people in Boston on Thursday, courtesy of The Pine Street Inn.
Homeless Shelters Fill Up With First Signs of Cold in Boston
November 22, 2016 | NECN
Homeless shelters around Boston neared capacity Sunday night as temperatures dropped throughout the region.
At the Pine Street Inn, the men's shelter had filled almost all of its 500 beds.
WGBH's Tina Martin visits iCater
November 22, 2016 | WGBH
On this Thanksgiving eve many are grateful for the holidays, but imagine what it’s like to be homeless with no job and no opportunities, especially at this time of year.
5 for Good: 'Field of Greens' harvested for the homeless
October 28, 2016 | WCVB-TV
Thanks to decades of generosity of Lindentree's owner and the food rescue organization Food for Free, the yield from the field has been donated to those in need. This season it was specifically grown for the Pine Street Inn.
Homeless Voters Get Ready for Election Day
October 7, 2016 | WGBH News
Hear President Lyndia Downie and a Women’s Inn guest talk about the significance of voting – especially when you’re homeless.
Trump’s debate performance makes it clear: Be sure to vote
September 28, 2016 | The Boston Globe
Thomas Farragher’s column highlights Pine Street’s voter registration effort.
New Brookline Affordable Housing
September 19, 2016 | WBZ TV and Radio
Home sweet home is the new reality for 30 people in Brookline, thanks to the efforts of the Pine Street Inn.
Pine Street Inn opens affordable housing on Beals Street in Brookline
September 19, 2016 | Brookline TAB
Joe Joy has had a few roadblocks in his life. But now things are looking good, he says with a lime seltzer water in his hand while attending the grand opening of the Pine Street Inn’s latest affordable housing project in Brookline.
Developer proposes 52 studio apartments for older homeless
September 8, 2016 | Boston Herald
A Milton developer is proposing a 52-unit studio apartment building in Dorchester that would house older homeless tenants and be staffed and managed by Boston’s Pine Street Inn.
The day in the life of a homeless person in Boston
August 17, 2016 | FOX25
From the chilly winters to the hot summers, area shelters are able to house more homeless people than the average city Boston's size. But there are still many hours of the day that have to be filled. FOX25's Chief Photographer Joe Martin spent the day with some homeless people in Boston to get their perspective on the situation.
Walsh appoints special chronic homelessness adviser
August 8, 2016 | The Boston Globe
Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed Boston’s first special adviser on chronic homelessness Friday — part of an effort to fulfill his promise to house all of the city’s chronically homeless men and women.
A dinner to satisfy multiple hunger pains
August 8, 2016 | Metro News
Saving food can save lives: Food Rescue Challenge addresses Boston’s food waste and hunger problem. For participating Chef Frank van Overbeeke, working with rescued food is a challenge he’s quite familiar with. As the head chef of Pine Street Inn, a shelter that provides services to the homeless, van Overbeeke’s kitchen uses rescued food on a daily basis.
Job training class for homeless teaches skills, reinstates hope
June 15, 2016 | The Boston Globe
More than 130 people who graduated Tuesday from a job training program at the Pine Street Inn, a Boston homeless shelter. Participants, many of whom had struggled with substance abuse and been homeless, learned a host of basic job skills, from building maintenance to housekeeping to cooking chicken at the proper temperature.
For the Pine Street Inn, a graduation
June 15, 2016 | Metro News
Those who have completed job training through the Pine Street Inn shelter were honored in a graduation ceremony on Tuesday attended by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.
Charlie Baker congratulates Pine St Inn graduates
June 15, 2016 | Boston Herald
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Pine Street Inn graduate Roberta Brown speak at the Pine Street Inn's graduation ceremony.
5 For Good: Pine Street Inn graduation
June 15, 2016 | WCVB-TV
The ceremony celebrates individuals who overcome homelessness.
How is Boston's Homeless Population Doing?
May 25, 2016 | NECN
NECN's "The Take," Sue O'Connell talks about homeless men and women in Boston with Pine Street Inn and Saint Francis House executive directors Lyndia Downie and Karen LaFrazia, respectively .
Tracked down: Eliza Dushku, Taylor Schilling, Michael J. Fox and more...
May 19, 2016 | Boston Herald
Watertown actress Eliza Dushku, a volunteer and intern at the Pine Street Inn, giving the keynote speech at the homeless shelter’s annual Home Remedy Breakfast at Westin Copley Place.
Eliza Dushku supports the Pine Street Inn
May 18, 2016 | The Boston Globe
Actress Eliza Dushku spoke at the Pine Street Inn’s annual Home Remedy Breakfast Wednesday, talking about her personal connection to the place as a volunteer, intern, and also by way of a family member who has struggled with mental illness and homelessness
Community Welcomes 30 Men and Women, No Longer Homeless
May 1, 2016 | Jamaica Plain News
Formerly homeless individuals, community neighbors, public officials, key investment partners and affordable housing advocates gathered Saturday, April 30, on Walnut Avenue in Jamaica Plain to celebrate the grand opening of the Francis Grady Apartments, 30 studio units for people who have been homeless, and of the Stacy Kirkpatrick House, a 20-bed medical respite facility for homeless individuals.
Hit the Ground Running: Boston Marathon runners find inspiration in fundraising for charity
April 20, 2016 | Spare Change News
“At some point in a marathon, almost everybody starts to run into a point where they start to second-guess,” said Wholihan, recalling his experience hitting The Wall in the 2015 Boston Marathon. “The pain starts to kick in. The energy starts to run out. That’s when you really need to reach deep inside to get through it.”
Doing more for homeless people in Massachusetts
March 18, 2016 | Commonwealth Magazine
The founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was grounded in the social contract. In a sermon delivered in 1630, Gov. John Winthrop articulated the belief that, “[W]e must… make other’s conditions our own…as members of the same body.”...New data released last month show a large gap between the services that homeless providers deliver and the state funding allotted to make those services possible.
Survey: State funding covers half the costs of homeless services
February 26, 2016 | The Boston Globe
“These new survey results confirm what providers have known for a long time - that there are not enough resources available to help men and women in Massachusetts to move out of” homelessness, Lyndia Downie, president and executive director of Pine Street Inn, said in a statement.
All Hands On Deck
February 15, 2016 | Metro US
For many of the Boston’s homeless, it can take some convincing to come out of the dangers of the bitter cold and into the warmth of a shelter. It requires gentle touch and a familiar face to get the city’s homeless population to head indoors, said Michael Andrick, director of outreach services for the Pine Street Inn on Harrison Avenue.
Preparing for the Bitter Cold
February 15, 2016 | Boston Globe
With bitter cold forecast for the weekend, Pine Street Inn announced plans Thursday to continue operating above its capacity and increase the availability of teams that canvass the city and bring homeless residents indoors.
Reaching out ahead of freezing temps
February 15, 2016 | Boston Herald
“The bad part about winter, being homeless, is it seems like things don’t go your way because of the elements,” said Seneca Rainey, 39. “You don’t know if you’re going to get jammed in the cold.”
With Homeless Shelters Already Full, Boston And State Collaborate On Winter Plan
January 15, 2016 | WBUR News
As the harsh winter temperatures begin to hit Boston, homeless shelters are becoming inundated with displaced persons trying to escape the cold. To provide extra accommodation, the St. Francis house has offered to provide emergency overnight care on top of their functioning day program.
Boston Makes Major Progress Toward Ending Veteran Homelessness
January 7, 2016 | WBUR News
The city of Boston says it’s made a huge dent in its mission to end homelessness among veterans, but there’s still work to do.
The Rise and Fall
January 4, 2016 | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Homelessness Resource Center
Boston’s Homeless Court helps people get past legal problems and into housing. Elizabeth Condron of Pine Street Inn and Judge Kathleen Coffey of Boston Municipal Court talk about why the program has worked and how it is growing.
O’Malley visits Pine Street Inn as homeless men pack shelter
December 28, 2015 | Boston Globe
The temperature outside the Pine Street Inn climbed to shirtsleeve levels Thursday, but the balmy weather did not thin the crush of homeless men inside the shelter’s South End headquarters.
Boston Inn Serves Thanksgiving Dinner to Those in Need
December 2, 2015 | NECN
Every year since 1969, Boston's Pine Street Inn has been serving up hot meals to the hungry and 2015 was no exception.
Pine Street Inn spreading hope at Thanksgiving meal
December 2, 2015 | FOX25
Volunteers came together and prepared thousands of meals for those in need to make sure no one went hungry this holiday.
Thanksgiving Volunteers Pay It Forward In Boston
December 2, 2015 | WBZ TV and Radio
It’s the spirit of the season – giving, be it food, money or time. It’s the time of year people remember to give back.
Dinner in hostel
December 2, 2015 | Univision Boston
Funcionarios públicos incluyendo al Alcalde de Boston celebraron este día al lado de los mas necesitados.
Mayor serves up turkey – and messages of hope
December 2, 2015 | Boston Herald
“For me today to be a part of this, it energizes me to make sure that we
continue to do what’s right for the people that are homeless in this city, and making sure we provide them the same opportunities that many other people have had,” Walsh said.
Hundreds gather at Goodwill for Thanksgiving dinner
December 2, 2015 | Boston Globe
On Thursday morning, the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter will prepare close to 2,500 holiday dinners, including 1,500 meals for Pine Street’s guests and tenants and another 1,000 for other Boston shelters and groups.
Boston Brings Several Agencies Together To Help Find Housing For Homeless Veterans
November 10, 2015 | WBUR
As the city of Boston tries to end homelessness, it’s paying particular attention to homeless veterans.
Pine Street Inn teamed up with the city on that effort Wednesday November 4, inviting homeless veterans to a sort of one-stop-shopping event to help them find somewhere to live.
Pine Street Inn: Ending Homelessness by Fostering Independence
September 11, 2015 | Mass Realty
Moving people from homelessness to housing and finding employment are the goals of Pine Street Inn. Founded in 1969, this South-End-based organization works to end homelessness by fostering independence in those it serves.
Clearing a path to a new life at judge’s Homeless Court
August 15, 2015 | The Boston Globe
Normally, Judge Kathleen Coffey presides over a spacious courtroom in West Roxbury. But on the third Thursday of each month, Coffey dons her black robe and heads into a small conference room at the Pine Street Inn in the South End.
Once homeless, Boston job training graduates celebrate success
June 4, 2015 | The Boston Globe
In March 2013, Boston native Ronald Taylor left his foreclosed condominium with a backpack and nowhere to go. The 60-year-old college-educated accountant from American University was homeless, but if you ask him, he never lost his sense of direction.
Pine Street Inn’s Micro-Units Life-Changing For Homeless
May 21, 2015 | WBZ NewsRadio 1030
Most people know the Pine Street Inn as an emergency homeless shelter in Boston. But it’s much more than their three locations in the city.The agency has 36 housing sites across the area.
In the South End, an awkward marriage
May 11, 2015 | Boston Globe
As a final, undeveloped piece of the South End finally changes, the Pine Street Inn is going to great lengths to be a good neighbor to the many new residents moving into the neighborhood.
Ninety Nine raises $131K to support Pine Street Inn
April 1, 2015 | The MetroWest Daily News
The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub this week announced that more than $131,000 was raised during the annual “Have a Heart” fundraiser benefiting New England’s largest provider of shelter and housing for the homeless, the Pine Street Inn.
Pine Street Inn Transitions To Permanent Housing
March 9, 2015 | WBUR
From homeless to a home. Read Mark Mack's story of getting stable housing.
Lawyers raise $1M for Pine Street Inn house
February 27, 2015 | Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Members of the Massachusetts legal community have raised $1 million to help put a roof over the heads of dozens of homeless individuals.
Need for Homeless Shelter Grows in Boston
February 26, 2015 | NECN
From its beacon alongside the expressway in the city's South End, Pine Street will fill all 450 of these beds for men, plus 110 more for women again Wednesday night. The overflow in this bitter cold, topping one hundred, will be in cots in the lobby.
Advocates seek shelter for the homeless ahead of ferocious storm
January 27, 2015 | Boston Globe
Advocates worked feverishly to take homeless people off Boston’s streets Monday ahead of a ferocious winter storm, even as the city continued to struggle with a shortage of emergency beds after last fall’s abrupt shuttering of the largest city-run shelter.
Boston health officials to aid homeless
January 27, 2015 | Boston Herald
Boston health officials and police promise a united front to nudge the homeless into safe quarters through the blizzard, while staff at Hub shelters slept at work overnight on cots to ensure enough warm meals and accommodations were prepared to handle the influx.
Boston unveils new shelter to house homeless
January 11, 2015 | Boston Globe
In fast work, city tries to ease crisis.
Charlie Baker thinks outside box with Pine St.
January 8, 2015 | Boston Herald
A business started by New England’s largest homeless shelter has grown into a thriving enterprise that’s even catering some of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker’s inaugural events.
New governor’s celebratory dessert really takes the cake
January 8, 2015 | Boston Herald
Local eateries are putting their stamp on Gov.-elect Charlie Baker’s inauguration today, with a menu featuring everything from a raw bar brunch to the crowning jewel — a 480-pound cake shaped like the State House.
Homeless confront a matter of life and death as frigid temperatures sweep US
January 8, 2015 | The Guardian
Despite their best efforts shelters in countless towns and cities are struggling to provide enough space and resources for the homeless
In Bitter Cold, Concerns For Boston's Homeless
January 7, 2015 | WGBH
The subzero temperatures pose a deadly risk to the local homeless population, and the situation is especially dire since the city has yet to come up with a replacement for the Long Island shelter that was shuttered back in October.
Dangerous Cold Puts Boston’s Homeless At Risk
January 7, 2015 | WBZ
Brutally cold weather is forecast for Wednesday night in Boston, and that is increasing the concern for people who live on the streets.
Patriots honor volunteers during halftime ceremony
December 28, 2014 | Patriots.com
The Patriots Charitable Foundation announced $90,000 in grants to 15 local nonprofits in honor of each Patriots Difference Maker named during the 2014 Celebrate Volunteerism initiative.
Routines upended as demand rises in Boston’s shelters
December 26, 2014 | Boston Globe
Shelters see increased demand since closing of Long Island facility
Homeless find family in each other at holiday meal
December 25, 2014 | Boston Herald
The Pine Street Inn Christmas Eve dinner is more than just another meal. It’s a gathering where the homeless come together as family in good times and bad.
Charlie Baker, Cardinal O’Malley visit Pine Street Inn
December 24, 2014 | Boston Globe
Before Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and Governor-elect Charlie Baker served Christmas Eve lunch at the one of the region’s largest homeless shelters Wednesday, they prayed with scores of guests at the Pine Street Inn.
Cardinal, Gov.-Elect Baker Visit Boston Homeless
December 24, 2014 | WBUR
The leader of Boston’s Roman Catholic church has maintained a holiday tradition of visiting the homeless on Christmas Eve.
Gov.-Elect Baker, Cardinal O'Malley Serve Food to Homeless
December 24, 2014 | NECN
Massachusetts' next governor and the leader of Boston's Roman Catholic church visited Pine Street Inn, the city's largest homeless shelter, on Christmas Eve
Your Guide to Holiday Shopping With a Social Mission
December 10, 2014 | Huffington Post
Boston Handyworks makes beautiful handmade and durable cutting boards. While the artisans transform pieces of raw wood into beautiful and unique cutting boards, they acquire the skills and confidence to go from homelessness to employed graduates.
Pine Street Inn needs help this holiday season
December 3, 2014 | WCVB
Help for the Holidays takes us to the front door of a place that's been assisting the homeless for years.
Pine Street Inn shifts from beds to housing
December 3, 2014 | CommonWealth Magazine
Pushes for homes first, treatment later
A bridge to somewhere: Tales of Thanksgiving
November 28, 2014 | Boston Globe
Here are four portraits, of those seeking help, and those who give it, on the holiday.
Advocate’s heart still set on helping homeless
November 28, 2014 | Boston Globe
At an age when many retire, homeless advocate Richard Ring has decided it's time to go back to work.
Walsh: Shelter to have ‘all the amenities’
November 27, 2014 | Boston Herald
A new homeless shelter with “all the amenities” will be built on Frontage Road, at the site of a former methadone clinic the city shut down this past summer, to house those who were displaced after last month’s emergency closing of the failing Long Island Bridge, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said.
Shelter Provides Thanksgiving Dinner for Homeless
November 27, 2014 | NECN
The Pine Street Inn in Boston has been serving Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless for decades.
Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias
November 27, 2014 | WUNI News
Como es de costumbre varios funcionarios públicos celebraron el Día dándole comida a los más necesitados.
Pine Street gets gov catering gig
November 27, 2014 | Boston Herald
Gov.-elect Charlie Baker is expected to tap Pine Street Inn’s corporate catering arm to help handle one, if not more, of his inaugural events, in a nod to the homeless shelter’s growing social enterprise.
After Shelter Closure, Homeless Outreach Not Just About Replacing Beds
November 18, 2014 | WGBH
Pine Street Inn Executive Director Lyndia Downie discusses the fallout from the closure of the Long Island Shelter on Greater Boston.
Menino's Thanksgiving Tradition
October 31, 2014 | NECN
For decades, the late former mayor of Boston, Tom Menino, served Thanksgiving dinner at Pine Street Inn.
Homeless population in Mass. rose 28 percent in past four years
October 31, 2014 | Boston Globe
The homeless population in Massachusetts increased faster than in any other state in the nation, rising 40 percent since 2007. But less than 4 percent of the homeless in Massachusetts live on the streets — one of the lowest rates in the country.
In Bowdoin-Geneva, hope for the homeless and the neighborhood
October 9, 2014 | Boston Globe
The building, named St. Peter’s, has 32 studio apartments, all but one of which are for homeless men and women.The property is representative of Pine Street’s efforts to shift from focusing on emergency shelter services.
Pine St. Inn’s Bold Move to End Chronic Homelessness
July 16, 2014 | Boston Globe
Pine Street Inn recently tipped the scales. More men and women now live in Pine Street housing than stay in our shelters each night, an important shift that is improving lives and moving us closer to the goal of ending homelessness.
Edible Notes - Boston HandyWorks
July 14, 2014 | Edible Boston
This summer, serve your grilled meats or local cheeses on a beautiful, handcrafted wooden cutting board from Boston HandyWorks.
Pine Street Inn Names President and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club Laura J. Sen as New Board Chair
July 10, 2014 | South End News
Pine Street Inn welcomes Laura J. Sen, President and Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.
Norton resident Downie receives honorary degree
June 26, 2014 | Norton TAB
Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie of Norton received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from New England Law | Boston.
Letter to the Editor: Homeless Court serves justice
March 29, 2014 | Boston Globe
Homeless Court, one of the specialty courts mentioned in Leon Neyfakh’s “The rise of custom justice” (Ideas, March 23), is held monthly at Pine Street Inn.
Why Some Bostonians Refuse Shelter In The Dead Of Winter
February 19, 2014 | WBUR
Follow Pine Street Inn's outreach van on a cold winter night in Boston for a glimpse of the challenges of living on the streets.
Boston’s Homeless Shelters Fill To Capacity As People Flee Frigid Cold
January 24, 2014 | WBUR
It’s cold out there, and no one feels it more than the homeless. Homeless shelters in Boston are reporting that they’re filled to capacity as people try to escape the single-digit temperatures.
Walsh’s last visits as mayor-elect highlight city’s diverse challenges
January 5, 2014 | Boston Globe
Marty Walsh tales part in four-day pre-inaugural tour, visiting organizations across the city, including Pine Street Inn.
Cold causes burst pipes, fires in Mass.
January 4, 2014 | Boston Globe
The bitter cold prompted deep concerns about the homeless and their vulnerability outdoors to hypothermia and frostbite. Boston’s Pine Street Inn has overflowed with homeless Thursday and Friday nights, with up to 64 people sleeping on cots in overflow areas of the shelter.
On Christmas Eve, homeless gather at Pine Street Inn
December 25, 2013 | Boston Globe
It was a packed dining room at Pine Street Inn on Tuesday for the annual Christmas Eve luncheon, one of the shelter’s signature events that fed close to 1,000 men and women on a chilly winter day.
Bringing Classical Music To Those Who Rarely Hear It: The Homeless
December 24, 2013 | WBUR
The musicians are from Shelter Music Boston, which formed in 2010 to bring live classical music to the homeless. Since then, the nonprofit group has performed 130 concerts at several Boston shelters, including the Pine Street Inn.
Boston Mayor-elect Walsh, Cardinal O'Malley serve lunch to homeless
December 24, 2013 | NECN
Homeless men and women in Boston were served up a special Christmas Eve luncheon Tuesday.
Pine Street Inn Serves Christmas Eve Luncheon To The Homeless
December 24, 2013 | WBZ
Pine Street Inn marked Christmas Tuesday with a special Christmas Eve luncheon.
Cutting boards created by artisans
December 17, 2013 | Boston Globe
These Jamaica Plain artisans are not making furniture. Rather, they are learning carpentry by crafting cutting boards.
Walsh, Menino confront Boston need as they serve holiday meals
November 29, 2013 | Boston Herald
Mayor Menino helped carve roast turkeys for the 1,500 meals 200 volunteers were prepared to serve throughout the holiday.
Thanksgiving Day Photos
November 29, 2013 | Boston Globe
Nov. 22, 1984: A visitor to the Pine Street Inn paused for a moment to say grace before eating his meal.
Menino makes final Thanksgiving visit to Pine St Inn as mayor
November 28, 2013 | NECN
Mayor Menino serves up final Thanksgiving meal at Pine Street Inn as mayor.
Menino spends Thanksgiving volunteering
November 28, 2013 | 7 News
Mayor Thomas Menino is nearing the end of his tenure at the helm of the City of Boston, but he says it won’t be the end of his tradition of helping at Pine Street Inn.
Voter registration drive targets homeless
October 10, 2013 | Boston Globe
At a Wednesday afternoon voter registration drive at the Pine Street Inn, Lyndia Downie, the shelter’s executive director, said voting has a symbolic as well as practical value for the shelter’s residents. "Getting ready to vote means they’re thinking about being part of a community again.”
October 4, 2013 | Suffolk Magazine
By catering to some of Boston’s corporate bigwigs, Roger Wellington is supporting the city’s largest homeless shelter.
Boston Plan Seeks To Reduce Homelessness
September 20, 2013 | WBUR
The city of Boston on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive action plan to address the problem of homelessness.
By providing supportive housing to deal with people with complex behavioral health and social service needs, Pine Street Inn has been able to cut its persistent homeless population by 30 percent over the past six years. The city’s new goal is a 50 percent reduction by 2016.
Work to start on long-delayed homeless housing
June 21, 2013 | Boston Globe
Construction is expected to start later this year on a long-delayed project to convert a vacant Jamaica Plain building into a respite care and housing facility for medically vulnerable and disabled homeless people.
Antiguos homeless se graduaron en Boston
June 14, 2013 | El Planeta
Spanish-language coverage of Pine Street's Job Training Graduation.
Pine Street graduates march toward jobs
June 13, 2013 | Boston Globe
Family, friends, city officials, and alumni from Pine Street's job training programs packed beneath a tent at the Pine Street Inn courtyard Wednesday morning to celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments.
In Boston, Man's Best Friend Transforms Lives Of Chronically Homeless
June 6, 2013 | Forbes
The long-term homeless and abandoned dogs have unique and complex needs, but in one innovative home in Boston, they have found a way to help each other.
Job-training program helps homeless find work
April 10, 2013 | Boston Globe
In 2012, Pine Street's employment services helped 250 people find jobs, almost half of those looking for work through the organization — at an average wage of $11.56 an hour.
Red flag raised over homeless
March 6, 2013 | Boston Globe
Boston saw a small increase last year in the number of people living on city streets, in emergency shelters, and in substance abuse and mental health facilities, according to data released Monday from the city’s annual homeless census. The census, conducted the night of Dec. 12, 2012, found a total of 6,992 homeless men, women, and children, up from 6,647 one year earlier, for a 5.2 percent increase.
Gelzinis: Our Father Sean Warms Hearts
February 20, 2013 | Boston Herald
Like the rest of us, Lyndia Downie is in the dark about how a pope gets to be pope. But as president and executive director of the Pine Street Inn, she can speak about the character of the Franciscan she knows as “Father Sean.”
Foxborough's 99 Restaurant Helps Feed Over 400 Homeless Men and Women in Boston
February 18, 2013 | Foxborough Patch
Employees from The Ninety Nine Restaurant in Foxborough reached out to those in need in February by preparing and serving dinner to more than 400 homeless men and women at Pine Street Inn in Boston.
As Seen Around Boston
February 17, 2013 | Boston Globe Magazine
Governor Deval Patrick and John Dahill, 14, from Hull make pies for supper at the Pine Street Inn in Boston on January 26
Patriots honor Brookline's Michael Ferullo
February 4, 2013 | Brookline Tab
Michael Ferullo of Brookline was recently selected as a Patriots “Difference Maker of the Week,” recognizing his commitment to Pine Street Inn. The Difference Maker award focuses on volunteerism, with the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation honoring Myra Kraft’s lifetime commitment to philanthropy and charitable service.
Students Help Out in Boston
January 30, 2013 | Boston Herald
Hundreds of eighth-graders representing every city and town in the Bay State came together in Boston yesterday to celebrate youth leadership and service. At the Pine Street Inn, about 50 kids made apple pies, put together toiletry bags and made birthday cards for the shelter’s guests.
Despite Warnings, Runners Head Outdoors
January 23, 2013 | WBZ-TV
Nelson Bennett and his team loaded a van at Pine Street Inn on Harrison Avenue. The nighttime outreach team hit the streets earlier than normal to try and encourage the homeless to come inside.
Keeping Boston's Homeless Out of the Cold
January 23, 2013 | NECN
With extreme cold comes pressing concerns about the welfare of Boston's most vulnerable: the homeless.All four Pine Street shelters are open 24/7, there are extended hours in place for their vans to drive around and to pick people up, and no one will be turned away.
Pine St. Inn helping hundreds during holidays
December 19, 2012 | WCVB-TV
While Pine Street Inn is well known for a warm meal and emergency shelter, now job training is a large part of its mission. Any support is very much appreciated.
Thank You, Mr. Mayor!
November 22, 2012 | Boston Herald
Barbara Trevisan, Pine Street Inn: “Oh, we’ll definitely miss Mayor Menino on Thanksgiving. He’s always been a very good friend to and supporter of Pine Street. He’s here every Thanksgiving. He brings his grandson, and carves a turkey and visits with our guests."
Volunteers Serve 1,500 Thanksgiving Dinners at Inn
November 22, 2012 | 7 News
Volunteers at The Pine Street Inn woke up at 3 a.m. to prepare Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of people.
They served more than 1,500 Thanksgiving dinners Thursday.
Pine Street Inn Serves Up Thanksgiving Dinner For 1500
November 22, 2012 | WBZ
Volunteers at the Pine Street Inn served up turkey and all the fixings to the homeless. Senator Scott Brown and Celebrity Chef Andy Husbands were among those helping out.
True Spirit of Thanksgiving on Display at Pine Street Inn
November 22, 2012 | NECN
Hundreds of people volunteered to give 1,500 meals to the homeless at the Boston shelter.
Pine Street Inn Serves Thanksgiving To Boston's Needy
November 22, 2012 | WBUR
Many shelters and soup kitchens in the Greater Boston area will be busy Thursday as they serve up some comfort for those in need with a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Few places will be busier than the Pine Street Inn in Boston.
Shelters Ready to Provide Holiday Dinners to Homeless
November 22, 2012 | Boston Globe
In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, numerous organizations around Boston will be providing meals on Thanksgiving to the needy. “Every year it gets bigger and bigger,” said Barbara Trevisan, spokeswoman for the Pine Street Inn in the South End, which is providing 1,500 meals to tenants in their shelters and the homeless on the streets."
Greg's List: Giving Thanks
November 21, 2012 | NECN
Greg Wayland's visit to Boston's Pine Street Inn gave him hope for everyone finding their way home.
Lucky to Have a Home to Call Her Own
November 20, 2012 | Boston Herald
"Last year, Barbara B. spent Thanksgiving at Pine Street Inn, eating turkey in a huge room with hundreds of other homeless men and women. This Thanksgiving, she’ll go back there only briefly to tell volunteers about her great good luck. She has a home now, at Pine Street’s Mulhern House in Jamaica Plain."
Send Pine Street Holiday Cards
October 25, 2012 | South End News (Scroll to page 6)
Pine Street Inn’s holiday cards, with ﬁve original designs, are now available online at www.pinestreetinn.org/holiday.
Voter registration forum held at Pine Street Inn
October 18, 2012 | South End News
Close to 100 men and women attended a voter registration forum at Pine Street Inn, where they heard from several elected officials.
Send Pine Street Holiday Cards, Help End Homelessness
October 18, 2012 | South End Patch
Pine Street Inn’s holiday cards, with five original designs, are now available online at www.pinestreetinn.org/holiday.
Pine Street Inn residents want voices heard in election
October 12, 2012 | Boston Globe
More than 70 homeless men and women registered to vote during as Voter Forum at Pine Street Inn.
30 Issues: Job Retraining
October 1, 2012 | WGBH
Executive Director Lyndia Downie discusses Pine Street's job training programs with WGBH's Callie Crossley.
Pine Street Opens Veterans’ Services Office
August 16, 2012 | Bay State Banner
Pine Street Inn has relocated its Veterans’ Services Office in Roxbury.
Boston's Homeless Court helps defendants get a fresh start
August 12, 2012 | Boston Globe
Homeless Court program aims to serve the unique needs of Boston's homeless defendants
20 from Navy/Marines help out at Pine Street Inn
July 2, 2012 | Boston Globe
Navy and Marine service members volunteer at Pine Street Inn during Navy Week.
Pine Street Graduation
June 22, 2012 | South End News
View photos from Pine Street's Job Training Graduationn on pages 1 & 7.
Bruin Andrew Ference at Pine Street breakfast
May 11, 2012 | Boston Globe
Bruins do-gooder defenseman Andrew Ference was among the 600 guests at Thursday's fund-raising breakfast for the Pine Street Inn.
Tracked Down: Andrew Ference, Tom Menino, Dennis Lehane and more...
May 11, 2012 | Boston Herald
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, Mayor Tom Menino and wife Angela; former first lady of the commonwealth Kitty Dukakis; Boston Redevelopment Authority ace Peter Meade; WGBH Radio's Callie Crossley; and BJ's Wholesale Club cheese Laura Sen attending the Pine Street Inn's Home Remedy Breakfast at the Marriott Copley Place ...
Red Sox to Honor Pine Street Inn on Saturday March 31 as Part of '100 Acts of Kindness' Campaign
March 31, 2012 | NESN
Red Sox volunteer at Pine Street Inn as part of the "100 Acts of Kindness" campaign.
Homeless groups merge, won't change services
February 17, 2012 | Jamaica Plain Gazette
No program or service cuts are expected in a Pine Street Inn and hopeFound merger that was announced at the end of January.
5.4 million US workers call it quits
February 8, 2012 | Boston Globe
Boston Globe article on the struggles of the ?hidden unemployed?, featuring a Pine Street guest.
Pine Street Inn, hopeFound merging to serve homeless
January 30, 2012 | Boston Globe
Two nonprofit agencies with a combined 70 years experience aiding Boston's homeless will soon merge, uniting their similar, but complementary services, in an effort to simplify the process for finding their clients permanent housing.
Pine Street Inn, hopeFound To Merge To Fight Homelessness
January 30, 2012 | WBUR
Two of Boston's most respected agencies in the fight against homelessness are joining forces. The boards of both the Pine Street Inn and hopeFound have voted to approve the merger of the two organizations.
Boston Globe features iCater
January 25, 2012 | Boston Globe
Article about Pine Street's corporate catering business.
The Tradition of Giving Lives On
December 24, 2011 | NECN
Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Bruins player Andrew Ference visit Pine Street Inn on Christmas Eve.
Hungry To Help? Fill a Need this Season
December 14, 2011 | Boston Herald
Article about what items and donations Pine Street and other local agencies need this holiday season.
Game Changer: Lovin' Spoonfuls
December 12, 2011 | Chronicle HD
Feature story about the food rescue organization Lovin' Spoonfuls and its collaboration with Pine Street Inn.
Hundreds of Volunteers Prepare Thanksgiving Dinner at Pine Street Inn
November 24, 2011 | WBZ Radio
More than 200 volunteers helped serve 1,500 Thanksgiving dinners.
Family Tradition Brings Smiles to the Homeless
November 23, 2011 | Boston Herald
A local family has volunteered at Pine Street on Thanksgiving for 20 years.
Vets get welcome new home from Pine Street Inn
November 15, 2011 | Boston Herald
Pine Street celebrates the opening of a house for homeless veterans
28 formerly homeless people settle in Mulhern House
November 1, 2011 | Boston Globe
Pine Street's Mulhern House provides permanent homes Jamaica Plain.
Brookline's Farley Sullivan leads Knit-a-thon for Pine Street Inn
October 30, 2011 | Brookline Tab
An unlikely friendship inspires the founder of the Knit-a-thon. The fifth annual Knit-a-thon is Sunday, November 6 at the Massachusetts State House.
Pine Street Inn dedicates new building on Upton St.
October 21, 2011 | Boston.com
Pine Street celebrates the opening of Upton Street
Officials, Supporters Celebrate Upton Street Project
October 20, 2011 | South End Patch
Pine Street celebrates the opening of Upton Street
Pine Street Inn Selling Holiday Cards
October 20, 2011 | South End Patch
Pine Street holiday cards are now for sale.
Pine Street Inn Artists Participate in Open Studios
September 16, 2011 | South End Patch
Pieces from Pine Street's Art Program will be on display during South End Open Studios
Shelter seeks to shield homeless from Irene
August 26, 2011 | Boston Globe
Pine Street prepares for Hurricane Irene.
Pine Street Inn, hopeFound Push For Merger
August 5, 2011 | WBUR
Pine Street Inn and hopeFound announce a possible merger aimed at improving programs and services for the city's homeless population.
Homeless Man's Best Friend
June 21, 2011 | South End Patch
Pine Street's Stapleton House makes strides with chronically homeless men by pairing them with displaced dogs.
Taking a Step Toward Success
June 15, 2011 | South End News
Article about the 2011 Job Training Graduation & Celebration of Housing.
Pine Street Inn Graduates Rejoice
June 9, 2011 | Boston Herald
Story and video about Pine Street's Job Training Graduation & Celebration of Housing.
Making a Difference: The Good Men Project
June 9, 2011 | Fox 25 Morning News
Lyndia Downie and Peter, a graduate of Pine Street's Building Maintenance Training Program, are interviewed on Fox 25 with the founder of The Good Men Project.
Pine Street President Recognized for "Innovative" Leadership
May 26, 2011 | South End Patch
Lyndia Downie named to Boston Globe "Most Innovative" list.
Shelter's Not Enough
May 22, 2011 | Boston Globe
Lyndia Downie was recognized by The Boston Globe's "Globe 100" as one of the state's 30 most innovative leaders.
Glynn honored by Pine Street
April 27, 2011 | Boston.com
Photo from the 2011 Home Remedy breakfast, which honored Board Member Tom Glynn for his commitment to ending homelessness.
Pine Street Inn on the TODAY Show
February 17, 2011 | TODAY - NBC
Watch this TODAY Show (NBC) segment on Pine Street Inn's innovative program that highlights a special bond formed between formerly homeless men and dogs.
Pine Street Inn's Chef Frank Runs a Welcoming Kitchen
January 14, 2011 | South End Patch
Former restaurant chef cooks for thousands in need.
From a shelter to a place called home
January 10, 2011 | Boston.com
At first glance, the fourth floor of Pine Street Inn's Women's Inn looks like a college dorm, with its fluorescent lights, mini refrigerators, and a chore schedule tacked to the wall.
Advocates aid homeless on snowy streets
December 26, 2010 | Boston.com
As snow pelted the pavement last night, two Pine Street Inn outreach workers pulled up behind a South Boston warehouse and called out a familiar name.
Cardinal brings 'message of hope' to homeless
December 25, 2010 | Boston Herald
Homeless and separated from his family on Christmas, Robert Maperi found comfort yesterday in a blessing from Cardinal Sean P. O?Malley during the archbishop's annual holiday Pine Street Inn visit.
Cold weather heightens worries about the homeless
December 15, 2010 | Boston.com
For the staff at the Pine Street Inn, the bitter cold that has gripped Boston over the past 24 hours has served as a preview of the winter yet to come.
Homelessness on the Decline in Boston
September 29, 2010 | WBUR
It seems counter-intuitive, with foreclosures still climbing and unemployment still high, that homeless shelters aren?t bursting. But in fact, The Pine Street Inn is quietly closing shelters, according to Lyndia Downie, the president of the Inn.
Graduating to 'a fresh start and a new life'
July 11, 2010 | Boston Herald
NOTE: Includes Audio Slideshow. | Eric Brown had truly hit rock bottom. But just days before Christmas, Brown was moved to clean up his life by joining the Pine Street Inn's Building Maintenance Training Program.
Job trainees graduate, hopeful pain is in the past
June 25, 2010 | Boston Globe
Yesterday marked the 10th annual graduation ceremony for Pine Street Inn's job programs, which train unemployed, mostly homeless, individuals for careers in building maintenance, food preparation, and cafeteria operations.
New chapter begins
June 25, 2010 | Boston Herald
[Includes Slideshow] Standing tall and proud, dozens of Pine Street Inn job training graduates got their diplomas yesterday in an emotional ceremony that signaled a new start for men and women who overcame adversity with hard work.
Partnered in the struggle for a place to call home
January 19, 2010 | Boston Globe
Anya was neglected, and finally abandoned. Most of the two years of her life was spent locked in a garage. When humans approached, the large, gentle Leonberger-golden retriever mix cowered in fear.
Another frigid day across New England
December 30, 2009 | NECN
When the cold weather hits, many New Englanders just bundle up and bear it? "Clearly for homeless people this weather is a matter of life and death, " said Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie.
Why I give: Tim and Jackie Walsh
December 25, 2009 | Boston Business Journal
For Tim and Jackie Walsh, philanthropy is a couple's thing, their team effort bringing them inside the Pine Street Inn as donors and volunteers.
O'Malley brings holiday spirit to shelter
December 25, 2009 | Boston Globe
Bill Robichaud, a former priest, used to have a job and a home. Then, three years ago, Robichaud said, he lost both. More recently, he had spinal surgery. Now he has a space at the Pine Street Inn. Yesterday, Cardinal Sean P. O?Malley paid him a visit and blessed him, with a wish for good health and a good future.
Bruins Star Spreads Holiday Cheer
December 24, 2009 | WCVB-5
A Bruins star spreads some holiday cheer at the Pine Street Inn.
VIDEO: Boston officials begin annual homeless census
December 15, 2009 | NECN
Dozens of volunteers hit the street of Boston tonight for the city's annual homeless census. The results enable to city to better assess the needs of the homeless.
VIDEO: For Celtics' Davis, volunteering hits close to home
November 30, 2009 | NECN
Hundreds of volunteers celebrated the holiday by giving back. The Celtics' Glen Davis helped serve meals to homeless men and women at the Pine Street Inn.
Budget Cuts Will Take Toll On Homeless Shelters
October 30, 2009 | WBZ-TV
A shelter already overflowing with need, will soon have even less to offer. The Pine Street Inn is taking a big hit thanks to the State's budget cuts. By their estimate, they are losing $1.7 million or 12 percent of their remaining budget this year.
Proposed budget cuts to hit homeless
October 29, 2009 | NECN
There is a very human element to the state budget shortfall. Where do people who rely on state agencies turn to survive go if there are program eliminations in an effort to close the $600 budget gap. The Pine Street Inn is a shelter of last resort for 10,000 men and women every year. But the Massachusetts shelter will be forced to make adjustments in the face of the governor's proposed budget cuts.
LETTER: Housing answer
October 13, 2009 | Boston Globe
NO ONE in Massachusetts should have to live outside because he or she can?t find housing... Almost 90 percent of the people placed in Pine Street Inn's Housing First units are still housed. We know what works but we need more of it.
Knitting to end homelessness
October 13, 2009 | South End News
The South End Knitters-the group behind the neighborhood's colorful, guerrilla-style knitted "tags"-is creating blanket squares to support permanent housing for Boston's homeless as part of the Pine Street Inn's Knit-a-Thon fundraiser.
Former police officer finds himself homeless
September 12, 2009 | Boston Globe
Once Christopher Rogers worked security details at the Pine Street Inn, watching over the homeless men who shuffled in and out of the shelter. Now he sleeps there, in a room with 17 other people.
For these grads, pride is a job skill
June 24, 2009 | Boston Globe
Like most graduating students, Joyce Lawrence has lofty goals. She wants to pursue a career in culinary arts and hopes one day to open her own bakery. But Lawrence isn?t like most graduates. She is 50 and homeless.
Taking the next step
June 24, 2009 | Boston Herald
The Pine Street Inn honored graduates from its 2009 Job Training and Readiness program yesterday, handing out diplomas at a ceremony in Boston.
Pine Street Inn graduates embrace change
June 23, 2009 | Emerson College JSONS
Nearly 150 proud diplomates at Pine Street Inn's 2009 commencement ceremony took to stage to receive their diplomas Tuesday, partaking in the traditional pomp and circumstance, despite the rain, and the non-traditional road that many overcame to get there.
The Pine Street Inn
May 6, 2009 | WBZ-TV
With homelessness reaching epidemic levels, find out how Pine Street Inn is on the front lines to help Boston men and women find shelter... hopefully even a permanent home.
In the midst of winter, a scent of spring
February 14, 2009 | Boston Globe
Carol Banville enjoyed the scent of a rose during a special Valentine's Day tea at the Women's Inn at Pine Street in Boston today, where more than 60 guests were treated to tea, cookies, cupcakes, roses, assorted finger sandwiches, and singing by a Wellesley College a capella group.
Cold grips Northeast
January 17, 2009 | The Associated Press
The bitter cold kept its grip on the Northeast on Saturday... In Boston, the Pine Street Inn shelter sent out vans to look for the homeless during the day, rather than just at night. The shelter also expanded its hours and is serving an extra meal.
State proposes reorganization of agencies to aid homeless faster
January 8, 2009 | Boston Globe
Confronted with a growing number of homeless families across Massachusetts, state officials have proposed a reorganization of state agencies that will help find homes faster... Lyndia Downie, president of Pine Street Inn, said the state's announcement shows that the Housing First initiative is working.
Brutal cold complicates jobs of firefighters, shelters, police
January 2, 2009 | Boston Globe
...Finding shelter from Wednesday's snowstorm and subsequent cold were the homeless who headed indoors. Lyndia Downie, president of Pine Street Inn, said 42 people slept on the floor Wednesday night, after staff took 86 others to nearby shelters, where they filled every available bed.
At Pine Street Inn, holiday spirit serves many
November 28, 2008 | Boston Globe
This week, more than 250 volunteers helped prepare 1,500 Thanksgiving dinners for people at four Pine Street Inn sites, on the streets, and at 10 other nonprofits, which are served by Pine Street Inn's social enterprise venture, Abundant Table.
In hard times, some find a reason to give back
November 28, 2008 | Boston Herald
What's it like to be homeless on Thanksgiving Day? As she sat in the lounge yesterday at the Pine Street Inn, Boston's largest shelter for the homeless, Sydney Shiner-Spagone began to cry at the thought of it.