Stories of Hope
Lakiya's StoryLakiya is a resident at Pine Street’s newly opened Kuehn House in Dorchester. At 25 years old, she had been homeless for almost seven years, moving out of her mother’s home at age18 because of a difficult relationship.
Couch-surfing with friends and relatives over the years, Lakiya lived out of a suitcase. She managed to complete a program in computer science but had a hard time applying for jobs because she did not have a stable place to live.
She made the decision to stay at a shelter and was placed on a long waiting list for housing. Then she was able to apply for jobs and now works two retail positions.
When she got a call from Pine Street that an apartment was available, she had a hard time believing it!
“I didn’t believe it was really mine until I looked at the mailbox and saw my name there. Now I can come and go as I please, go to work, stay in if I want – all the simple things I couldn’t do before when I was homeless,” says Lakiya.
“For the first time in so many years – I have a life! The staff here is great and I’ve gotten to know some of my neighbors. This place was all furnished down to pots and pans and toothpaste so I have everything I need. I’m happier than I’ve been in a long, long time.”
“I keep staring out the window,” he says to his case manager from Pine Street Inn. “I still can’t believe it. I grew up down the street. I’ve really come full circle.”
Finding Joy in the Little Things
Now that Elizabeth has a second chance at life, she appreciates every detail of her new home and daily routine.
Finally At Peace
Now that she has a place to call home, Michele is at peace. "I can stay in during the cold winter months, I can eat when I want, I can reflect.," she says.
Creative outlets, sharing, and seeing doctors regularly has helped Victor overcome homelessness.
"Now I Feel Safe and Welcome"
Now Jose has a sense of community – and hope.
“I never thought I would be homeless, but I basically brought my situation on myself,” he reflects.
A Veteran Comes Home
He is only 27 years old, yet Edward C. has already faced more challenges than many people do in a lifetime. You can see it in his eyes.
Second Chances: Roberta’s Story
“There’s always hope for a second chance in life,” Roberta assures her fellow Pine Street job training graduates during her remarks at graduation. “There are people like the staff at Pine Street who really care and want to help you get back on your feet.”
“I love the tenants and neighbors here, Theresa, says with a big smile. “I have friends in the house and up and down the street. We always say ‘hi’ and have good conversations.”
Elroy is a gentle man with a warm smile and a twinkle in his eye. He has learned to appreciate the little things in life — like waking up in the morning in his own bed in his own room — and hearing the birds chirp outside his window.
A Home & Community For Everyone
At Pine Street, our vision and our goal are to support people in rebuilding their lives. We not only provide the physical structure of a home, but also the support necessary to connect back to a community and a sense of belonging.
VIDEO: Putting the Pieces Back Together
Watch the stories of a Pine Street tenant and a job trainee as they share their journeys out of homelessness.
Amanda's Big Dreams
At just 25 years old, Amanda already has lived more life than most people experience in a lifetime.
Grateful for a New Home
Previously an electrical engineer, Charles' life spiraled downward after he lost his job due to the economic downturn. With the recent opening of the St. Peter's permanent supportive housing location, Charles now has a place to call home again.
"They Gave Me Encouragement"
For 20 years, Linda spent nights sleeping in cars, on sidewalks or the Boston Common, while struggling with drug addiction and abusive relationships. She often wondered if this was what the rest of her life would be like.
Putting the Pieces Back Together
Homelessness has hit Maureen and her family hard, with their lives coming apart, piece by piece. But since coming to Pine Street Inn, they are beginning to feel hopeful again.
Shamus V. grew up working in the restaurant business and then served in the U.S. Army as part of the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery. After struggling with loss and homelessness, he is now on the path to a new life.