Ready to Move Forward
Terry, a recent graduate of the Food Services Training Program, has come a long way since his struggle with addiction.
“With no direction and nowhere to turn people can become depressed, and combined with low self-esteem, some of us turn to a life of crime and drug use, doing things we are not proud of,” Terry said during his remarks at Pine Street’s Job Training Graduation
Wanting to change the direction of his life, Terry completed Pine Street’s Stabilization Program and turned to IMPACT Employment Services
for help fining work. His employment counselor recommended he apply for the Food Services Training Program.
Although he did not’t have much experience in food service, the training program taught Terry the ins and outs of the industry. He also interned with iCater
, Pine Street’s social enterprise catering business, and earned his ServSafe certification.
“I was struggling. And here I am today, ready to move forward with my life,” Terry said.
Since graduation, Terry started working full-time in the executive dining room at a local university. He is also taking event planning classes as Bunker Hill Community College and pursuing his dream of writing a catering etiquette book.
“Through Pine Street training programs, I found new hope and supportive direction,” he said.
Photo: Terry with his father at Pine Street Inn's Job Training Graduation in June.
Better Times Ahead
Michael C. is happiest when he’s working in Pine Street’s busy kitchen or enjoying a pint of ice cream in his new East Boston apartment. Neither is a place he imagined he would be a year ago, when he showed up at Pine Street with nowhere else to turn.
Running Toward Recovery
Stephen tackled the Boston Marathon and achieved a personal victory over addiction.
What A Difference A Year Makes
Over the years, Barbara had held various administrative jobs, primarily in human resources. A college graduate, she was used to supporting herself. When Barbara was laid off during the economic downturn, she managed to get by on her unemployment benefits, while continuing to look for work. Then her unemployment ran out. Without a safety net, Barbara lost her housing and wound up in the Women’s Inn at Pine Street.