Stories of Hope
Finding Joy in the Little Things
Homeless for four years, Elizabeth was in and out of shelters and hospitals. Prior to that, she had lived in Cambridge, but lost her place when her medical and mental health issues made it impossible for her to work.
Life was challenging, going from place to place, with no stability. Elizabeth's life began to change for the better when she began working with Pine Street staff. They helped her apply for disability benefits and find a place to live.
She is thrilled to finally have a place to call home. "My jaw dropped when I saw this place," she says. "I couldn't believe how wonderful it was."
"Now I have a roof over my head and my own bathroom. I love it here." Sometimes it's the little things that mean so much: "I am excited to be able to buy my own toilet paper," she says, laughing.
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.